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Fencers Play Tough In Six-Meet Series

By David Nauman
Team Captain

Physically ready for a series of six meets lasting over nine hours and mentally fired up to face some of the best collegiate fencers in the country, the men's fencing team fought for every touch with a never-say-die attitude. Though there was only one win, the men's team felt good about the fencing, irrespective of the scores.

The team started the day with an easy 16-11 win over Yeshiva University, a team with little experience but a lot of heart. Both the foil and epe squads posted 5-4 victories, with the sabres winning the last six of nine bouts.

Next, the more experienced Ohio State University stepped up to the strip and squeaked past 5-4 against each squad, moving ahead 15-12 overall in a victory that could have easily gone to MIT. Strong performances from the three squad captains, David Lewinnek '97 in epee (3-0), David Nauman '97 in foil (2-1), and Josh Trauner '97 in sabre (2-1), contributed to the close match.

Using these two schools as a warm up, the fencing team then faced Columbia University, Rutgers University, Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania. Not unexpectedly, these four fencing powerhouses handedly beat MIT.

However, against Columbia (8-19), three MIT fencers, Jonathan Blandford '98 in epee, Jae Park '98 in foil and Trauner in sabre, looked past the name and won two of their three bouts.

The final three schools all beat the MIT fencers 23 to 4. A winning records against Rutgers went to Nauman (2-1). Blandford chalked up an impressive two wins against number one ranked Penn State, and Michael DeSenna '99 won the last bout of the day fencing UPenn.

The next meet will be on Friday, Feb. 9 at Duke University.