Engineers Defeat BC at the Beanpot

Sophomore Laphonchai Jirachuphun
Sophomore Laphonchai Jirachuphun

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team closed out the regular season by defeating Boston College, 16-11, in the final round of the Beanpot on Wednesday night. Earlier in the evening, the Engineers (16-12) fell to Brandeis University, 18-9, and Harvard, 20-7. With five athletes in action, the epee squad amassed a ledger of 19-8 as it blanked BC and edged out Brandeis and Harvard by a 5-4 margin.

Senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) won five of his six epee bouts, including a sweep of Brandeis. Sophomore Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) and freshman Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) both generated ledgers of 5-2. Gueltrini split his two bouts with Brandeis, defeated both of his foes from BC, and went 2-1 against Harvard while Judd blanked BC, won his only outing against Brandeis, and picked up a victory over Harvard. Sophomore Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) swept BC but dropped both of his decisions to Brandeis en route to a 3-2 mark as freshman Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) defeated his foe from BC but fell in his appearance versus Brandeis.

The sabre squad defeated BC, 5-4, and fell to Brandeis by the same margin, as it was topped by Harvard, 7-2, resulting in an overall record of 11-16. Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) led the way with a 6-3 mark after sweeping Brandeis, earning a win over Harvard, and ending the night with a 2-1 performance against BC. Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) blanked BC and registered 1-2 tallies versus Brandeis and Harvard for a 5-4 finish. Sophomore Laphonchai Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) and freshman Kyle Saleeby (Destin, Fla.) also competed for the Cardinal and Gray but they were unable to come away with a win.

Freshman Christopher McKinney (Concord, Mass.) produced a 2-1 in foil action to finish 2-7 on the night. Senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.), junior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), and sophomore Dongliang Zhou (Hangzhou, China) each battled in their six appearances but could not a register a victory for the Engineers.

Next up for MIT will be the New England Championship on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Mount Holyoke College.