2016-17 MIT Men's Fencing News

  • "Getting a leg up on engineering" - Matthew Cavuto '17
    April 06, 2017
    Matthew Cavuto, now a senior in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, embarked on his career path partly as a result of a talk he heard in high school by MIT Professor Hugh Herr, a double amputee who works on improving prosthetic devices and systems to allow people with similar disabilities to regain as much control, independence, and capability as possible.
  • Tzer Wong and Benjamin Lin Collect NFC Postseason Honors
    April 04, 2017
    The Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) announced that MIT junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and senior Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) were named to the All-Star Sabre first and second teams, respectively. In addition, Lin was the recipient of The Elliot Lilien Award which is given to the fencer who shows exemplary sportsmanship and an excellent parry system. The award is named after the NFC’s founding commissioner and is voted upon by the coaches.
  • Men’s Fencing Wraps Up Season at NCAA Regional Championship
    March 12, 2017
    MIT junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) captured 10th place in the sabre competition at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, resulting in his second career top-10 finish. Senior Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) led the epee unit by tying for 26th place while freshman Avi Zeff (Philadelphia, Pa.) ranked a squad-best 27th in foil.
  • Men's Fencing Takes Second Place at New England Championship
    March 04, 2017
    Due to tiebreakers the MIT men’s fencing team was the runner-up to Boston College at the New England Championship, resulting in its best showing since 2014. Junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) won the sabre individual title for the second year in a row as the squad finished third overall. Freshman Sheel Patel (El Paso, Texas) captured seventh place, helping the epee unit secure first place. Freshmen Avi Zeff (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Arjun Gupta (Springfield, Va.) ranked ninth and 11th, respectively, in the foil standings while the contingent placed fifth.
  • Men’s Fencing Edges out Brandeis at the Beanpot
    February 15, 2017
    In its final outing of the regular season, the MIT men’s fencing team defeated Brandeis University, 14-13, at the 10th Annual Beanpot on Wednesday. The victory came after the Engineers (14-15) fell to host Boston College (16-11) and Harvard (22-5). Freshman Yixuan Pei (Baltimore, Md.) racked up a 7-2 record for the epee team as junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) paced the sabre squad with a 5-4 mark. Freshman Arjun Gupta (Springfield, Va.) turned in the best performance for the foil contingent as he went 2-7.
  • Men's Fencing Defeats Johns Hopkins at Duke Invitational
    February 11, 2017
    At the Duke Invitational on Saturday, the MIT men's fencing team defeated Johns Hopkins University, 14-13. In their match-ups with Division I foes, the Engineers (13-13) fell to the host Blue Devils (19-8), University of North Carolina (16-11), the U.S. Air Force Academy (15-12), and Boston College (15-12). Junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) powered the sabre squad with a 13-2 record while classmate Alexander Andriatis (Mendham, N.J.) paced the epee team with a 7-3 mark. Freshman Avi Zeff (New York, N.Y.) led the way for the foil unit with a tally of 7-7.
  • Patel Goes 17-1 as Men’s Fencing Picks Up Four Wins at Eric Sollee Invitational
    February 05, 2017
    In its second and final home competition of the season, the MIT men’s fencing team generated a record of 4-2 at the Eric Sollee Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers (12-9) defeated Hunter College (22-5), Yeshiva University (23-4), Haverford College (17-10), and Stevens Institute of Technology (15-12) but fell to both NYU and Duke University by a margin of 20-7. Freshman Sheel Patel (El Paso, Texas) won 17 of his 18 epee bouts while senior Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) and junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) both turned in 12-6 performances for the sabre squad. Senior Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) and freshman Austin Wang (Fremont, Calif.) rounded out the foil team with identical 5-7 marks.
  • Men's Fencing Goes 3-2 at NFC Competition
    January 28, 2017
    Providence, R.I. (January 28) - The MIT men's fencing team returned to action with a 3-2 performance at its second and final Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition on Saturday hosted by Brown University. The Engineers defeated Tufts University (21-6), Dartmouth College (20-7), and Vassar College (15-12) but fell to Boston College (15-12) and Brown (16-11), moving the Engineers' record to 8-7 on the year and 6-4 in the NFC. Junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) powered the sabre squad with a 13-2 record as freshman Avi Zeff (Philadelphia, Pa.) paced the foil team with an 11-4 ledger. Senior Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) led the way for the epee unit with a 10-5 mark.
  • Men's Fencing Defeats Cornell and Brown at Brandeis Invitational
    December 04, 2016
    In its final competition of the semester, the MIT men's fencing team went 2-3 at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers (5-5) topped Cornell University (18-9) and Brown University (14-13) but were defeated by Yale University (15-12), St. John's University (20-7), and University of North Carolina (14-13). Senior Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) led the sabre unit with a 12-3 record while freshman Sheel Patel (El Paso, Texas) paced the epee contingent with an 8-4 ledger. Freshman Avi Zeff (Philadelphia, Pa.) produced the best performance for the foil squad with a tally of 8-7.
  • Men's Fencing Opens NFC Action with Three Wins
    November 19, 2016
    Cambridge, Mass. (November 19) - For the second year in a row the MIT men's fencing team produced a 3-2 record at its first Northeast Fencing Conference competition which it hosted on Saturday. The Engineers defeated UMass Amherst (20-7), University of New Hampshire (23-4), and Boston University (20-7) but fell to Brandeis University (17-10), and Sacred Heart University (14-13). Junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) paced the sabre team with a 10-1 ledger while senior Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) led the epee unit with a 7-2 record. Sophomore Kwabena Ofori-Atta (Herndon, Va.) was the top performer for the foil team as he won all five of his bouts.
  • Benjamin Lin Claims Gold Medal at The Big One Invitational
    November 05, 2016
    NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – For the second year in a row MIT senior Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) captured the sabre Gold medal at the season-opening The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. The men's fencing team also saw junior Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) secure fifth place in the sabre competition while senior Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) produced the Engineers' third top-10 finish by ranking ninth in foil. Freshman Austin Wang (Fremont, Calif.) recorded the highest placement for the foil unit by ranking 24th.