Engineers Edge Out Johns Hopkins, 14-13, at Brandeis Invitational

Senior Joey Rafidi
Senior Joey Rafidi

WALTHAM, Mass. – Facing its toughest competition of the season thus far, the MIT men's fencing team went 1-4 at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers defeated Johns Hopkins University (14-13) but fell to Yale University (17-10), Brown University (17-10), Columbia University (19-8), and St. John's University (20-7).

Senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) both produced ledgers of 10-5 for the epee team which finished with a total of 27-18. Sophomore Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) posted a record of 5-5 while freshman Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) went 2-3. The unit overpowered their foes from Johns Hopkins, 7-2, generated 6-3 performances versus Yale and Columbia, and topped Brown, 5-4.

Highlights for the 19-26 saber squad included a 7-2 decision against Johns Hopkins and a 4-5 outing versus St. John's. Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) led the way with a mark of 10-5 while senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) came in at 7-8. Sophomore Laphonchai Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) picked up two wins against Johns Hopkins as freshman Kyle Saleeby (Destin, Fla.) fell in his only bout of the day versus Yale.

Junior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) registered two wins versus Johns Hopkins while sophomore Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) tacked on a victory over Yale for the epee team. Senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) and freshman Dongliang Zhou (Hangzhou, China) rounded out the contingent as the Cardinal and Gray finished with a tally of 3-42.

MIT (4-6) returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 when it travels to Boston College for the second Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season.