Men’s Fencing Dominates at Eric Sollee Invitational

Sophomore Laphonchai Jirachuphun

WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second week in a row, the MIT men's fencing team put together an unblemished outing as it compiled a 5-0 record at the Eric Sollee Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers defeated Stevens Institute of Technology (15-12), Hunter College (24-3), New Jersey Institute of Technology (20-7), NYU (18-9), and Haverford College (17-10) to improve to 14-6 on the season. Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) finished undefeated in back-to-back competitions as he turned in a 14-0 sabre performance while sophomore Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) led the epee team with a tally of 11-4. Sophomore Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) once again paced the foil squad as he finished with a 10-5 mark.

The sabre team compiled a ledger of 33-12 with 7-2 victories over Hunter, NJIT, NYU, and Haverford in addition to a 5-4 total versus Stevens. Lin swept every opponent except for a 2-0 outing against Hunter while senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) suffered his only loss of the day to Stevens resulting in a 14-1 finish. Sophomore Laphonchai Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) went 2-1 versus Hunter and picked up wins against NJIT, NYU, and Haverford en route to a 5-9 ledger while freshman Kyle Saleeby (Destin, Fla.) dropped his only bouts of the day to Hunter and NJIT.

The epee unit also produced a 33-12 record courtesy of an 8-1 win over Hunter, 7-2 performances versus NJIT and Haverford, a 6-3 margin against NYU, and a 5-4 decision over Stevens. Gueltrini blanked Hunter and registered 2-1 outings against his remaining opponents while freshman Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) went 7-2 by sweeping Hunter and going 2-1 versus Stevens and Haverford. Sophomore Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) generated 3-0 marks against NJIT and Haverford helping him finish with a tally of 7-4 as freshman Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) had a total of 4-2 courtesy of 2-1 performances versus Hunter and NJIT. Senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) rounded out the squad with a win over Stevens and a sweep of NYU.

The Engineers blanked Hunter, went 6-3 versus NJIT, and edged out Stevens and NYU by 5-4 margins for a ledger of 28-17. Robinson's 10-5 total was generated by a 3-0 outing against Hunter and 2-1 tallies against Stevens, NJIT, and NYU. Junior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) came in at 9-6 following a sweep of Hunter and totals of 2-1 versus Stevens and NJIT while freshman Christopher McKinney (Concord, Mass.) blanked both of his opponents from NYU and Hunter in addition to going 2-1 against NJIT en route to an 8-6 record. In his only appearance of the competition, senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) defeated his foe from Hunter.

MIT continues its road trip next week at the Duke University Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 8.