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Men fencers place in championship

By Mark Hurst

The men's varsity fencing team traveled to University of Massachusetts at Amherst last Sunday to compete in the New England Fencing Championships. The top two fencers in each of the three weapon squads competed against 12 other New England teams for team, squad and individual trophies.

After 12 hours of fencing, the results were impressive. Out of 24 foilsmen, Luis Maldonado '92 and team captain Freeland Abbott '92 placed fifth and third, respectively.

Out of 24 sabermen, Rene Despinos '94 and saber squad leader Mark Hurst '94 placed fourth and third, respectively. The most glorious individual trophy went to epee squad leader Henrik Martin '93, who placed first out of 24 epees.

There were also achievements on the squad and team levels of the championship. The saber squad, commanded by the two freshmen sabermen Hurst and Despinos, placed second out of 12 saber squads.

The most exciting competition of the day, however, was the team competition for the sword Excalibur. MIT and Brown University were tied at the beginning of the last team bout of the day, but Brown edged out MIT. MIT took second place out of 12 teams by three touches.

More fencing comes to MIT this weekend as Maldonado, Martin, Ed Chin '92 and Hurst represent MIT's hopes for a national trophy at the NCAA individual national qualifiers.

(Mark Hurst '94 is a member of the men's fencing team.)