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Feb. 27, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-The No. 4 Ohio State fencing team travels to South Bend, Ind. this weekend for the Midwest Championships. The Buckeyes’ men’s squad advances to an overall record of 21-2 after defeating Detroit Mercy, 16-11, Feb. 9 at the Wayne State duals. The women’s squad holds a solid 20-2 overall record suffering the two losses to Penn State and Air Force at the Notre Dame duals Feb. 1.

Next up, the Buckeyes are back home and will play host to the NCAA Regional Qualifier Saturday, March 8 at French Field House in Columbus, Ohio.

TWINS TAKE FIRST, SECOND
Twin sisters, Metta and Hanna Thompson placed first and second in the foil competition (146 competitors) at the United States Fencing Association Junior Olympic Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Feb. 15

WAYNE STATE DUALS RECAP
The No. 4 Buckeyes continued its dominating ways Feb. 8 at the Wayne State Dual meets. Buckeyes Jason Rogers, Joshua Isaacs, Kitz Siebert, Michael Ross, Alexander Law and Raymond Laning Competed at the Wayne State duals. The Buckeyes shut out Detroit-Mercy in sabre competition, 9-0 and recorded a 7-2 decision in foil. Ohio State was victorious, 16-11, improving its overall record to 21-2. Complete Results:
Sabre
Jason Rogers, 3-0
Joshua Isaacs, 3-0
Kitz Siebert, 3-0
Foil
Alexander Law, 3-0
Michael Ross, 2-1
Raymond Laning, 2-1
Epee
Forfeit, 0-9

BUCKEYES NATIONALLY RANKED
Ohio State remains No. 4 in both the men’s and women’s team poll released by US Fencing Feb 13. The men’s team, 21-2 on the year, suffered their first defeat of the season Jan. 25 to Notre Dame at the Ohio State Duals. The men fell to Penn State, 22-5, in its second defeat of the season at the Notre Dame duals Feb. 1. The women’s squad suffered its first two losses of the season at the Notre Dame duals. The Buckeyes dropped to 20-2 on the season after suffering defeats to Penn State, 11-7 and Air Force, 15-12.

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.

THREE REMAIN UNDEFEATED
Three Buckeyes remain unbeaten in dual meet competition this season in men’s sabre: Jason Rogers (15-0), Colin Parker (16-0) and Adam Crompton (27-0). Matt Carbone advances to 50-6 in men’s foil, while Alexander Law follows closely posting a 36-6 record in foil.

On the women’s side, newcomer Sherice Gearhart is leading the way in epee with an impressive 48-3 mark. Junior Alexandra Shklar posted a 58-2 record. In sabre, NCAA silver medallist Louise Bond-Williams is 30-2 while Michelle Lange (25-6), Kristin Rill (29-5) and Marguerite Plekhanov (35-6) 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.

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 will return to action as they play host to the NCAA Regional Qualifier March 8 at French Field House on the campus of the Ohio State University.