PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Seeing its first action in almost two months, the MIT men's fencing team generated a 4-1 ledger in its final Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition of the season. The Engineers fell to host Brown University (18-9) midway through the event but defeated Dartmouth College (19-8), Tufts University (21-6), Vassar College (20-7), and Boston College (14-13). Sophomores Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) led the way with 14-1 records in epee and sabre, respectively.
Lin swept all of his opponents and went 2-1 versus Brown to help the sabre squad amass a ledger of 35-10. Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) blanked Dartmouth and Tufts in addition to posting 2-1 marks versus Brown, Vassar, and BC to finish at 12-3. Freshman Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) completed the contingent by going 9-6 after sweeping Dartmouth, notching 2-1 totals against Tufts and Vassar, and tacking on victories over Brown and BC. MIT won all nine of its bouts versus Dartmouth, went 8-1 against Tufts, topped Brown by a 7-2 score, defeated BC by a 6-3 margin, and edged out the host Bears, 5-4.
Judd bested all three of his foes from Dartmouth, Tufts, Brown, and BC while putting up a 2-1 record against Vassar as the epee team ended the day with a total of 26-19. Sophomore Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) had 2-1 outings versus Dartmouth and Vassar in addition to winning bouts against Tufts, Brown, and BC for a tally of 7-8. Freshman Alexander Andriatis (Hanover, N.J.) came in at 5-10 with the highlight of his performance being a 2-1 ledger versus BC. The Engineers notched 6-3 marks against Dartmouth and BC, turned in 5-4 records versus Tufts and Vassar, and were edged out by Brown by a 5-4 margin.
Bolstered by 8-1 performances against Tufts and Vassar, the foil team finished at 22-23 for the day. Senior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) led the way with a 10-5 record after blanking Tufts and Vassar in addition to going 2-1 versus Dartmouth and BC. Freshman Alberto Ancona (Boston, Mass.) swept Tufts and Vassar after posting a 2-1 mark against Dartmouth en route to an 8-7 finish. Sophomore Israel Donato-Ridgley (Round Rock, Texas) defeated two of his three opponents from Tufts in his only outing of the day while senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) picked up two wins against Vassar.
Next up for MIT (8-7, 8-2 NFC) will be a home competition, the Eric Sollee Invitational, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1.