MIT Places Sixth at IFA Championship
Feb. 27, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - This past weekend, the MIT men's fencing team competed in the 112th IFA Championship, the oldest collegiate championship in the country. The Engineers finished sixth out of 11 teams and sent Igor Kopylov, William Walsh, Spencer Sugimoto, Trevor Chang, and Michael Beregovsky to the championship bracket. The field included Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Vassar College and Yale University.
In the opening day of competition, Kopylov paced the sabre squad with a 7-3 record en route to a sixth-place team finish. Walsh went 5-5 in the "B" pool while Brian Quattrochi posted a ledger of 2-8 in the "C" pool. Jason Chen notched the top performance for the foil team (seventh place) with a 5-5 showing in the "B" pool. Benjamin Switala totaled a mark of 4-6 as Sugimoto made the cut in the "A" pool despite his 3-7 record. The epee squad also placed seventh behind the efforts of Chang (4-6), Beregovsky (7-3), and Matt Gethers (4-6).
In Sunday's finals, Walsh lost his first bout to Justin Bernstein (Vassar) by a 15-13 margin. Kopylov was defeated by Dan Sachs (Harvard), 15-11, in his first bout as well. As a result, Kopylov finished ninth in the sabre rankings while Walsh was 14th out of 16 fencers. Alex Vandenberg-Rhodes (Princeton) outlasted Sugimoto, 15-12, in the opening match of the foil finals. Sugimoto closed the competition with an 11th-place finish. Chang and Beregovsky faced off against each other in the epee finals bracket as Chang emerged with a 15-7 victory. He then lost to Benji Ungar (Harvard), 15-11, in the second round. Overall, Chang placed sixth while Beregovsky was 12th.