COLUMBUS, Ohio The defending national champion Ohio State fencing team sits in second place after the completion of the men’s competition at the 2009 NCAA Championships in State College, Pa., trailing host Penn State by five points, 98-93. Notre Dame is in third with 84, while Columbia is fourth with 65.
Seniors Mike Momtselidze and Jason Pryor each went out on a high note in their final collegiate competitions as Buckeyes. Momtselidze took 19 wins in the qualifying rounds, tied with Aleksander Ochocki of Penn State for most in men’s sabre. Momtselidze carried the first place seed into the medal round, but was upended by fourth-seeded Daryl Homer of St. Johns in the opening round, 15-10.
Pryor entered the epee medal round as the fourth-seed after 15 wins in the qualifying round. Pryor took top-seeded Graham Wicas of Princeton to the edge in the opening duel of the medal round, but fell in a tight one, 15-14.
Two-time defending national champion Andras Horanyi just couldn’t find the magic of the last two NCAA Championships, winning 14 duels in the qualifying round but falling short of the medal group in men’s foil. Colin Sutter stepped up big in his first action at the NCAA Championships, taking 16 wins in the qualifying round but fell just one win short of the medal round.
Freshmen Igor Tolkachev and Max Stearns also pulled in high finishes for the Buckeyes over the first two days. Tolkachev won 13 duels in taking 11th place in men’s epee, while Stearns won 16 in men’s sabre and finished 8th.
Tomorrow and Sunday will see the Buckeye women take the strip looking to bring home back-to-back crowns at the NCAA Championships.
For full results from the 2009 NCAA Championships, visit the fencing page at gopsusports.com.