WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT men's fencing team captured third place at the New England Championship which was hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday. In a field of 13 teams, the Engineers were the runner-ups in the epee competition, third in sabre, and sixth in foil. Individually, junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) captured the bronze medal in epee and sabre, respectively.
Rafidi, along with senior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) and freshman Jack Greenfield (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) produced MIT's third straight second-place ranking in the epee standings as they generated a ledger of 29-6. Crane finished sixth overall after winning the B Pool with a 10-2 total while Greenfield sat atop the rankings in the C Pool with a 10-1 record en route to 10th place.
The sabre squad, comprised of Sledeski and juniors Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.), and Luke O'Malley (Los Angeles, Calif.) claimed third place, marking the Engineers' best showing since 2008. Sledeski turned in a 9-3 performance in the A Pool as O'Malley finished third in the C Pool with a mark of 8-2. Izadmehr rounded out the squad by going 7-5, helping it compile a total of 24-10.
With a 10-2 tally in the B Pool, freshman Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) secured sixth place in the foil competition. Senior Alexander Siy finished 12th overall as he went 7-5 in the A Pool while classmate Chris Perera (Jacksonville, Fla.) had a 5-5 outing in the C Pool. As a team, the Cardinal and Gray ranked sixth with a 22-12 record.
Next up for MIT will be the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, March 10.