Lin and Wong Lead Men’s Fencing at NCAA Northeast Regional

Sophomore Benjamin Lin
Sophomore Benjamin Lin

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sabre squad teammates sophomore Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) and freshman Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) captured sixth and ninth place, respectively, as the MIT men's fencing team competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday. Lin, who produced the Engineers' best performance since Igor Kopylov '09 secured ninth place in 2006, will learn on Tuesday, March 10 if both him and Wong qualified for the upcoming NCAA Championship.

Lin won all five of his bouts in the first round and then had a 3-3 outing in the next rotation before posting a 5-6 mark in the final group. Wong posted a 4-2 mark in the opening round, followed by a 3-3 ledger in the second set of round-robin action. He wrapped up his debut with a 5-6 total, giving MIT its first pair of sabre top-10 finishes. Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) closed his career ranking 23rd after besting foes from Sacred Heart and Yeshiva University.

Freshman Alexander Andriatis (Hanover, N.J.) led the epee team with a 14th place finish. Following a first round bye, he went 3-3 in the second rotation, and then added victories over Brandeis University and Boston College. Sophomore Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.), also a recipient of a bye, defeated foes from Brandeis and host NYU to rank 27th. Junior Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) bypassed the opening round but could not come up with a victory in the second group, resulting in 35th place. Making his first appearance at the national qualifier, sophomore Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) rounded out the squad in 38th place after defeating Hunter College in the first pool.

MIT's lone representative in the foil competition, senior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) finished 33rd. He was edged out by his foe from Brandeis, 5-4, denying him a victory in his six outings.