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Feb. 6, 2003

Columbus, Ohio- The Ohio State fencing team, ranked No. 4 in the country, travels to Detroit, Mich., Feb. 8-9, to compete at the Wayne State Duals. Jason Rogers, Joshua Isaacs, Kitz Siebert, Michael Ross, Alexander Law and Raymond Laning from the men’s squad will represent Ohio State. The Buckeyes will play one match against Wayne State. The men improved their record to 20-1 and the women advanced to 20-2 last weekend at the Notre Dame Duals in South Bend, Ind.

Buckeyes Nationally Ranked

Ohio State remains No. 4 in both the men’s and women’s team poll released by US Fencing Jan. 16. The men’s team, 20-2 on the year, suffered their first defeat of the season Jan. 25 to Notre Dame at the Ohio State Duals. The women’s team, 21-2 overall, were handed their first two losses of the 2002-03 season Feb. 1-2 at the Notre Dame Duals to No. 1 Penn State and Air Force.

Sophomore Jason Rogers and freshman Adam Crompton are among the Top 10 nationally in the latest men’s sabre junior national rankings released by U.S. Fencing. Rogers is No. 3 and Crompton No. 7.

Twin sisters Hanna and Metta Thompson are No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the junior women’s foil rankings.

Four Remain Undefeated

Four Buckeyes remain unbeaten in dual meet competition this season in men’s sabre: Jason Rogers (15-0), Colin Parker (16-0), Adam Crompton (27-0) and Joshua Isaacs (27-0). Leading the way in men’s foil is Alexander Law who is 29-1 on the year. He is followed closely by Craig Galanter and Matt Carbone who have posted 22-2 and 37-4 records, respectively.

On the women’s side newcomer Sherice Gearhart is leading the way in epee with an impressive 48-3 mark. Junior Alexandra Shklar has only lost one time this season in epee, posting a 44-1 record. In sabre, NCAA silver medallist Louise Bond-Williams is 19-1 while Michelle Lange (20-3), Kristin Rill (20-4) and Marguerite Plekhanov (23-5) help cast a solid sabre team. Twin sisters Hanna Thompson and Metta Thompson are dominating once again in foil, posting identical records of 49-2 in dual meet competition.

Buckeyes Host NCAA Regional Qualifier

The Ohio State University will play host to the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier March 8 to determine who will continue on to the NCAA Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. March 20-23.

Notre Dame Duals Recap

The No. 4 Buckeye squad extended its record to 21-2 (women) and 20-2 (men) last weekend at the Notre Dame Duals in South Bend, Ind. The men went 5-1 at the duals, loosing to No. 1 Penn State (22-5). The women came out 4-2 and suffered their first two losses of the season to the No. 1 Nittany Lions (11-7) and Air Force (15-12).

Top competitors Jason Rogers, Adam Crompton, Colin Parker, Hanna Thompson and Metta Thompson all missed action at the Notre Dame Duals. The five Buckeyes are competing in a world cup event to help them qualify for the US National Team.

Complete results:

Women (4-2, 21-2 overall) Ohio State 16, Cal State Fullerton 11

Ohio State 18, Lawrence 3

Ohio State 17, Detroit 10

Ohio State 14, UC San Diego 13

Penn State 11, Ohio State 7

Air Force 15, Ohio State 12

Men (5-1, 20-2 overall)

Ohio State 18, Cal State Fullerton 9

Ohio State 27, Lawrence 0

Ohio State 26, Detroit 1

Ohio State 24, UC San Diego 3

Penn State 22, Ohio State 5

Ohio State 16, Air Force 11

The Coaches

After three seasons at the helm of the program, Vladimir Nazlymov has the Buckeyes headed in the right direction.

Last season proved to be Nazlymov’s best yet. The Buckeyes, 30-6 overall in dual meet competition, garnered 10 NCAA qualifiers, six All-Americans and finished fourth at the NCAA championships, scoring 140 points which nearly doubled their scoring output from 2001.

Gia Abashidze is in his second season as assistant coach of the Ohio State fencing team. Originally from Georgia, he has coached fencing and lived in the U.S. for more than eight years.

Abashidze was a Russian national foil champion numerous times throughout his career. During his tenure in the U.S. he was responsible for creating many successful members of the U.S. National Team.

Terrence Lasker is in his first year as an assistant coach for the Buckeye fencing program after spending the last two years at the team armorer.

Lasker has a long standing relationship with Nazlymov. Lasker began fencing under Nazlymov when Nazlymov moved to the United States in 1991 in Kansas City, Mo.

He is a 10-time member of the U.S. National Team and is a five-time national champion. Lasker, a native of Kansas City, Mo., captured a bronze medal at the 1994 Cadet World Championships and was a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes during the 1999-00 season. He also was a finalist at the 1999 Senior World Cup in Moscow.

New Facility

The Steelwood Athletic complex, now the home of Ohio State gymnastics, fencing and wrestling, offers a breath of fresh air for the fencing program.

The complex is complete with its own administrative offices, training room, locker rooms and three private gyms for gymnastics, fencing and wrestling.

The fencing gym one of the largest in the country with more than 7,000 square feet of space and 14 electric practice strips.

Next Up

The Buckeyes are back in competition March 1-2 at the Midwest Championships located in South Bend, Ind.