Men’s fencing dominates

Team ends NFC tournament with 4-1 record

MIT Men’s Fencing compiled a 4-1 ledger in its final Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition held this past Saturday at Brown University. The Engineers fell to the host Bears (19-8), but defeated Boston College (16-11), Tufts University (22-5), Dartmouth College (15-12), and Vassar College (18-9). The épée team racked up a record of 38-7 on the day while the best individual performance came from Nicholas Sledeski ’16 who won 14 of his 15 bouts in sabre action.

Joseph F. Rafidi ’14 powered the épée unit with a 13-2 record while Jackson T. Crane ’13 had a total of 11-4. Jack A. Greenfield ’16 defeated eight of his nine opponents as classmate Giulio R. Gueltrini ’16 won all six of his outings. The Engineers swept Tufts and Vassar, overpowered Dartmouth (8-1) and Boston College (7-2), and edged out Brown (5-4).

Behind the strength of Sledeski’s outstanding effort, the sabre squad finished at 22-23. MIT topped Boston College (6-3) while picking up 5-4 wins over Tufts and Vassar. Luke O’Malley ’14 registered a total of 6-9 while Pon Jirachuphun ’16 picked up two wins. Dwayne George ’15 also saw some action but was unable to earn a victory in his three appearances.

Scott Robinson ’16 led the foil team with a 9-6 record as Alexander E. Siy ’13 came in at 7-8. James R. Clark ’14 posted two wins against Tufts while Chris J. Perera ’13 defeated his foe from Vassar. MIT ended the day with a total of 19-26 as its only win, an 8-1 decision, came against Tufts.

Next up for MIT (9-6, 8-2 NFC) will be its final home competition of the season, the Eric Sollee Invitational, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3.