March 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-four Ohio State fencers competed at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships in South Bend, Ind. Mar. 2-3. Six Buckeyes brought home medals after the individual competition on Saturday while Ohio State finished in second place overall after team competition on Sunday.
In men’s epee, Kristian Boyadzhiev secured a silver medal after defeating Dale Purdy (15-7) in the semifinals and falling to Garrett McGrath (4-13) in the finals. Both Purdy and McGrath fence for the Fighting Irish. Seniors Marco Canevari and Daniel Tafoya followed closely behind Boyadzhiev by tying for sixth place.
Zain Shaito brought home a bronze medal for the men’s foil unit. He defeated teammate Sam Hardwicke-Brown to advance to the semifinals where he was then downed by Ariel DeSmet of Notre Dame. Hardwicke-Brown ended up finishing seventh overall on the day.
In women’s foil, sisters Mona and Mai Shaito earned a pair of medals for the Buckeyes. Mona came out on top securing the gold, while Mai finished in a third-place tie. Kyjah Coryat rounded out the women’s foil Top 10 finishes by placing seventh.
Senior veteran Max Stearns claimed a gold medal in men’s sabre. He battled John Hallsten of Notre Dame and won 15-11 to finish first in the men’s sabre category. Andrew McDonald tied for third place with Nick Silantyev of Wayne State.
Sophomore Celina Merza led the women’s sabre unit. She finished sixth overall after falling by a close margin of 14-15 to Notre Dame’s Lian Osier.
On Sunday, the Buckeyes participated in team competition against 19 other schools including Notre Dame, Wayne State, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Chicago, Iowa, Lawrence, Cleveland State, Purdue, Detroit, Bowling Green, Oberlin, Case Western Reserve, Oakland, Wisconsin, Xavier, Minnesota, and Illinois.
The men’s and women’s teams combined to finish second overall behind Notre Dame. The Buckeyes finished with a total score of 1,560 while the Fighting Irish topped the tournament at 1,590.
The Buckeyes head to the NCAA Regional Qualifier Mar. 9-10 where they begin to defend their 2012 National Champion title.
Midwest Conference Championships
Mar. 2-3, 2013
South Bend, Ind.