Men's Fencing Faces Tough Competition at Sollee Invitational

Senior Benjamin Nield
Senior Benjamin Nield

WALTHAM Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team defeated Hunter College (26-1) and fell to University of Pennsylvania (20-7), Johns Hopkins University (14-13), Haverford College (16-11), and NYU (20-7) at the annual Eric Sollee Invitational hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday.

The foil team comprised of seniors Daniel Levine (Succasunna, N.J.) and Benjamin Nield (Preston, Wash.) and junior Alexander Siy amassed a team total of 26-19. The trio swept Hunter and defeated Johns Hopkins by a 6-3 margin while recording tough losses to Haverford (6-3), Penn (5-4), and NYU (5-4). Levine led the way with a ledger of 10-5, followed by Nield at 9-6 and Siy at 7-8.

The sabre squad had a solid outing as it amassed a record of 21-24 behind the strength of a 9-0 win over Hunter and a 6-3 victory against Haverford. Sophomore Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) finished with a mark of 10-5 as senior Vinayak Ramesh (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) went 8-7. Junior Nathan Arce (Madison, Ala.) rounded out the team with a tally of 3-12.

The foil unit registered victories over Hunter (8-1) and Johns Hopkins (5-4) en route to a record of 17-28. Junior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) was the top performer for the Engineers with a total of 8-7 while freshman David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) came in at 6-9. Thomas Boning contributed a 3-10 effort as senior Gabriel Karpman (Brookline, Mass.) lost both bouts he competed in.

Next up for MIT (8-11) will be the Beanpot at Harvard University on Tuesday, Feb. 14.