Feb. 24, 2018
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MFC Championships Individual Final Results
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes put on another dominating performance Saturday at the individual competition of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. Five individuals earned weapon titles and 13 earned medals for Ohio State.
Emma von Dadelszen led the epee squad with a first place finish. This the first time she has earned gold in her three MFC Championship appearances. Alexanne Verret finished in second, falling to von Dadelszen 12-14. Caira Moreira-Brown rounded out the top-10 performances, ending the day in eighth place. Gabriella Leccese improved on last year’s performance with a twelfth place finish this year.
Sarah Merza defended her sabre title, coming back from a 6-12 deficit to defeat Northwestern’s Alexis Browne 15-14. Maddalena Bosetti took third place after falling 9-15 to Merza in the semi-final round. Aleksandra Kolmykova finished in seventh, improving four spots from her performance at last year’s event.
Leading the unit was Camilla Rivano who clinched the weapon title after defeating Northwestern’s Sarah Filby 15-7. After a close 5-6 defeat, Alexa Laskaris tied for third, an improvement on her previous performance at the event. Gabriela Cecchini also represented the Buckeyes in the top-10 with her fifth place finish.
As one of the most successful units represented at the event, the men’s epee unit had seven fencers finish within the top-10. Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger took epee gold and was followed by Oliver Shindler and John Culpepper who finished second and tied for third respectively. Joseph Guinan III, Jack Bradford, Matthew Comes, and Lewis Weiss also finished in the top-10 for the Buckeye men’s epee unit.
The title is a first for Blais Belanger, who has finished in second the past two years.
Stas Sudilovsky cemented his third consecutive MFC sabre title, defeating Nathan Schlesinger of Lawrence 15-7. William Gaziano finished his first MFC Championships in third place. Julien Baneux, Nicola Sirito, and Maximilien Chastanet followed close behind, ending their day in the top-10.
The Buckeyes will compete tomorrow, Feb. 25 for the MFC Championship title. At stake is not only a team title, but squad and weapon unit titles as well.
Ohio State has won a total of 12 conference championships and took home five squad titles along with three team titles at last year’s championships.
Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
Feb. 24, 2018
French Field House – Columbus, Ohio
1 – Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger
2 – Oliver Shindler
3T – John Culpepper
5 – Joseph Guinan III
6 – Jack Bradford
7 – Matthew Comes
9 – Lewis Weiss
14 – Nicolas Pouliquen
20 – Jax Diaz-Miranda
22 – Sean Lauron
28 – Ethan Edwards
32 – Robert Caldwell