February 4, 2018

Buckeyes Finish Northwestern Duals 17-1

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Feb. 4, 2018

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Buckeyes finished 17-1 at the Northwestern Duals, facing a total of seven top-ten opponents. Ohio State went 6-1 against those teams ranked in the top-ten.

The men’s squad completed the weekend undefeated for the second year in a row and the women improved from last year’s duals to a 7-1 record, including a 17-10 win over No. 4 Princeton. The final bout record for the Buckeyes was 327-159.

Coming off a strong performance on Saturday, the women started Sunday’s duals with a 20-7 win over Stanford. Gabriela Cecchini, Sarah Merza, and Camilla Rivano finished the round undefeated.  

In their first dual of the day, the men’s squad took down No. 1 Notre Dame 15-12. The epee unit secured the feat for the Buckeyes, finishing 7-2. Lewis Weiss and Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger each earned undefeated records for the round.

The women were unable to top the Irish, dropping the dual 12-15. The epee unit earned a 6-3 victory, led by an undefeated performance by Alexanne Verret. The sabre unit was unable to outlast the opponent, losing by only three touches.

The men finished the event defeating No. 9 Duke 18-9. Both sabre and foil units won eight bouts. The women bounced back to defeat No. 7 Temple 15-12 and followed that up with an 18-9 win over No. 8 Northwestern.

LEADING THE BUCKEYES
For the men, Lewis Weiss won 17 of his 18 bouts and Hector Florencia finished with 22 victories in 27 total bouts. Weiss went undefeated in six of his seven duals while Florencia went unbeaten in five of nine duals.

Leading the women with 22 wins in 27 bouts was Sarah Merza. Following close behind with 21 was Camilla Rivano and Emma von Dadelszen. Merza and Rivano finished undefeated in five duals.

26 fencers saw action for the Buckeyes this weekend.

SATURDAY RECAP
The team finished undefeated after eight rounds. The men faced three top-ten teams and the women faced one, No. 4 Princeton in a decision that the Buckeyes took 17-10.

The men’s foil unit was unbeaten at the end of the day and the sabre and epee units dropped just one a piece. The women’s sabre and foil units lost one and the epee unit gave up two duals.  

NEXT UP
The Buckeyes look to earn a fifth straight conference championship as Midwest Fencing Conference Championships return to Columbus February 24-25.

Northwestern Duals
Feb. 4, 2017
Castellan Family Fencing Center – South Bend, Ind.


No. 2 Men

Ohio State def. No. 1 Notre Dame, 15-12 (S: 4, F: 4, E: 7)
Ohio State def. No. 9 Duke, 18-9 (S: 8, F: 2, E: 8)

No. 5 Women
Ohio State def. Stanford, 19-8 (S: 6, F: 8, E: 6)
No. 1 Notre Dame def. Ohio State, 15-12 (S: 4, F: 2, E: 6)
Ohio State def. No. 8 Northwestern, 18-9 (S: 6, F: 5, E: 7)