CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition of the season, the MIT men's fencing team turned in a 4-1 performance on Saturday. The Engineers defeated Brandeis University (14-13), University of New Hampshire (22-5), UMass (23-4), and Boston University (23-4) with their lone loss coming at the hands of Sacred Heart University (18-9). In his NFC debut, freshman Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) bested all of his opponents to finish at 15-0 for the day.
The epee team amassed a ledger of 36-9 courtesy of 9-0 decisions against UNH and BU, an 8-1 mark versus Brandeis, and a 7-2 total over UMass. Junior Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) led the way with a 13-2 record that included a quartet of 3-0 performances. Sophomore Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) swept Brandeis and BU, recorded 2-1 totals against Sacred Heart and UMass, and topped both of his foes from UNH for a tally of 12-2. Sophomore Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) had 3-0 outings versus UNH and BU en route to a record of 9-5 while freshman Alexander Andriatis (Hanover, N.J.) won both of his bouts with UNH and UMass.
Wong's 15-0 performance powered the sabre squad to an overall record of 34-11. Sophomore Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) finished at 10-3 on the strength of sweeps of UMass and BU in addition to a 2-1 outing against Brandeis. Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) was 7-6, highlighted by a 3-0 mark versus UNH and two wins over UMass. Junior Laphonchai Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) rounded out the contingent with a 2-2 record as both of his victories came against UNH. The Engineers went undefeated by overpowering UNH (9-0), UMass (8-1), and BU (7-2) while edging out Brandeis and Sacred Heart by 5-4 margins.
Senior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) blanked UMass and BU and added a 2-1 mark versus UNH, resulting in a 10-5 record for the foil team. Freshman Alberto Ancona (Boston, Mass.) went 7-8 as he topped all of his foes from UMass and BU while senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) and sophomore Israel Donato-Ridgley (Round Rock, Texas) both tacked on a pair of victories. The foil unit generated a ledger of 21-24 as it registered an 8-1 performance against UMass and a 7-2 win over BU.
MIT returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 7 when it travels to the Brandeis University Invitational.