Engineers Pick Up Three Wins at Sollee Invitational

Junior Laphonchai Jirachuphun
Junior Laphonchai Jirachuphun

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final home competition of the season, the MIT men's fencing team went 3-3 in the Eric Sollee Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers defeated Hunter College (26-1), Yeshiva University (23-4), and Haverford College (16-11) but fell to NYU (18-9), Duke University (20-7), and Stevens Institute of Technology (14-13). The sabre squad turned in the best performance on the day as it amassed a ledger of 42-12.

Freshman Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) powered the sabre unit with a 16-2 record by blanking Hunter, Yeshiva, Haverford, and Stevens while going 2-1 against NYU and Duke. Sophomore Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) was next at 12-4 after winning all three of his bouts versus NYU, Yeshiva, and Haverford, posting a 2-1 mark against Stevens, and defeating his lone foe from Hunter. Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) finished at 12-6 as he topped everyone from Hunter, Yeshiva, Haverford, and Stevens while sophomore Kyle Saleeby (Destin, Fla.) won in both of his appearances against Hunter. As a squad, MIT shut out Hunter, Yeshiva, and Haverford, overpowered Stevens (8-1), and edged out NYU (5-4).

The epee team blanked Yeshiva, topped Hunter (8-1), and edged out Duke (5-4) and Stevens (5-4) to finish at 34-20. Sophomore Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) led the way with a 9-3 total by sweeping Hunter and Yeshiva, going 2-1 against Duke, and adding a victory over NYU. Freshman Alexander Andriatis (Hanover, N.J.) won both of his bouts versus Duke and Yeshiva while registering victories against Hunter, NYU, Haverford, and Stevens. Junior Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) blanked Yeshiva, tallied 2-1 ledgers versus Hunter, Haverford, and Stevens, and picked up a win against NYU to go 11-7. Sophomore Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) finished at an even 6-6 as he beat both opponents from Hunter, went 2-1 versus Stevens, and contributed victories over Yeshiva and Haverford.

Highlights for the foil team, which ended the day at 18-36, including a sweep of Hunter and a 5-4 decision over Yeshiva. Senior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) paced the Engineers with an 8-10 mark by topping all of his foes from Hunter, producing 2-1 outings against Yeshiva and Haverford, while adding a victory against NYU. Senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) was 5-5 as he blanked Hunter and won one of his bouts versus Yeshiva and Haverford. Freshman Alberto Ancona (Boston, Mass.) also tallied five victories courtesy of a 3-0 performance against Hunter and a 2-1 mark against Yeshiva. Sophomore David Dellal (New York, N.Y.) also competed for MIT but was unable to come away with a victory in his eight appearances.

The Engineers (11-10) will close out the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 11 when it competes at the Beanpot to be hosted by Brandeis University.