March 9, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team heads to Cleveland for the NCAA Midwest Regional qualifier hosted by Cleveland State on Saturday. Buckeye fencers will face competition from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Detroit Mercy, Lawrence, Wayne State, and Cleveland State.
Women’s competition will begin at 9:00 am with men’s beginning at 12:30 pm. Each event will be round-robin fencing.
This year, the Midwest Region has 15 allocations for the women and 13 for the men. For women, five epee, six foil, and four sabre fencers will be granted bids to the championships. For men, four epee and foil and five sabre fencers will earn bids.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST YEAR
At last year’s event, two returning Buckeyes earned first place finishes, while seven others earned top-10 spots.
Lewis Weiss won his third epee title in as many years, finishing the day undefeated while Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger took third place for the second year in a row. The foil title went to Maximilien Chastanet, his second title in three years. Finishing right behind him was Stas Sudilovsky in second. Frederik and Domenik Koch earned the top finishes for the sabre unit, finishing in fifth and seventh respectively.
A BAKERS DOZEN
The Buckeyes earned their 13th conference title in program history at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships in Columbus Feb. 25. This is the fifth consecutive year that Ohio State has earned the title. The team won four unit titles while five won individual weapon titles.
Following Midwest Regionals, the Scarlet and Gray will travel to State College, Pa. for NCAA Championships hosted by Penn State on Mar. 22-25.