Jan. 15, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-three members of Ohio State’s fencing team competed in the January North American Cup this past weekend in St. Louis, Mo. The Buckeyes’ performance was highlighted by a silver medal from epee fencer Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger.
Blais Belanger, a sophomore on the men’s epee squad, began the competition seeded at 16. Advancing to the round of four, Blais Belanger defeated Alliance Fencing Academy’s Sean Wilson 15-11. In the next bout, Blais Belanger fell to Columbia University’s Alen Hadzic, 15-8, claiming the second place spot and a silver medal.
Other top performances include a 10th place finish from Eugenia Falqui in women’s epee, a 21st place finish from Emma von Dadelszen in women’s epee, and a 22nd place finish from Fares Arfa in men’s sabre.
Former Buckeye and current undergraduate assistant coach Celina Merza claimed a fifth place finish in women’s sabre.
The Buckeyes will return to action in New York, N.Y. at St. John’s Duals on Jan. 23.
January North American Cup
St. Louis, Mo.
150T – Morgan Mzhen