POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The MIT men's fencing team kicked off its postseason push by capturing fourth place at the New England Championship hosted by Vassar College on Saturday. Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) edged out freshman Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) for the gold medal in the sabre competition as the squad finished second out of 12 teams (25-5), followed by the epee team (21-8), and the foil unit (20-11). Also picking up an individual award was junior Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) who secured a career-best third place finish in the epee field.
Izadmehr was third in the "C" pool of the preliminary rounds with an 8-2 mark, posted a 4-1 mark in the first round of elimination action and registered a 3-2 performance in the second round. A three-way tie resulted with Wong and a foe from Vassar, requiring a third round robin. With each fencer winning one of two bouts, another rotation was held that produced two victories for Izadmehr and one for Won to determine the final standings. Competing in the "A" pool, Wong ranked second with a ledger of 8-2 and then produced 3-2 totals in the first and second rounds before entering the fence-off. Sophomore Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) finished first in the "B" group by winning nine of his 10 bouts, tallying 3-2 and 2-3 marks in the next two rotations to place fifth overall.
In the epee competition, Cheian compiled a record of 8-3 to rank third in the "B" pool, won four of his five bouts in the first round, and then went 3-2 in the second round. Sophomore Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) captured the fifth spot in the final rankings after emerging from the "A" group with the fourth-best tally of 7-4. He then posted a mark of 3-2 in the first round and tacked on two victories in the final rotation. Fellow sophomore Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) completed the contingent by coming in sixth in the "C" pool with a 6-5 record.
Senior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) recorded a career-best ninth-place finish in the foil standings as he compiled an 8-3 ledger in the "A" pool and added two victories in the next round. Freshman Alberto Ancona (Boston, Mass.) was fifth in the "B" group with a 6-4 mark and then advanced to the elimination round but could not come away with a victory. Senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) rounded out the Cardinal and Gray by securing third place in the "C" pool by going 6-4.
Next up for MIT is the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, March 8 at NYU.