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Tech fencers beat Brandeis, BC; lose to USAFA

By Mark Hurst

The men's varsity fencing team faced Boston College, the United States Air Force Academy and Brandeis University in the Johnson Athletic Center last Saturday. The sabre squad -- Rene Despinos '94, Mark Hurst '94 and Charles Baroud '93 -- went undefeated for the day. USAFA was defeated narrowly with a 5-4 score, while Brandeis was easily taken at 6-3 and Boston College was smashed with a score of 8-1.

The epee squad, with team captain Henrik Martin '93, Ed Chin '92 and William Chavez '94, defeated Brandeis and BC with scores of 5-4 and 6-3, respectively. The only epee defeat came from USAFA, which routed MIT by a score of 8-1.

The foil squad did not fair as well, with two losses at the foils of the teams from Air Force and Brandeis, 3-6 and 0-9, respectively. But they were able to pocket a win over BC with a score of 6-3.

Saturday's results bring MIT sabre to a NCAA record of 4-2 and the epee squad to a record of 5-1. If the sabre and epee squads continue to be as successful as they were on Saturday, they will be hard to beat at the NCAA regionals next spring.

Mark Hurst '94 is the sabre squad leader for the varsity fencing team.

Call Freeland Abbott at 5-8392 to find the standings of the foil team and names of the foil squad.