March 25, 2018

Blais Belanger is Epee Champion, Ohio State Takes Third at 2018 NCAA Championships


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes end the 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships in third place with 147 points. Senior Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger earned the men’s epee title in his fourth appearance at the championships.

The team made two appearances in the semi-final and final rounds, resulting in a gold and bronze medal. Eight Buckeyes earned All-American accolades for finishing in the top-12.

Senior Lewis Weiss finished his fourth NCAA Championship appearance in 11th place. He earned 12 victories and a +6 indicator. Blais Belanger finished the first five rounds in 4th place. He defeated No. 1 ranked Ariel Simmons of Notre Dame 15-14 in the semi-finals. In the finals, Blais Belanger defeated Sean White of St. John’s 10-9. The bout went into overtime with each fencer earning seven touches in the first two periods. With three seconds left, Blais Belanger took a one touch lead to earn the epee title.

This is Blais Belanger’s first NCAA Championship title. The last time that a Buckeye won the men’s epee title was in 2013 when Marco Canevari won in his senior season.

In his fourth championship appearance, Frederik Koch finished 16th with 9 victories and a -23 indicator. Domenik Koch finished 3rd after five rounds. After the bout was tied at 12 touches, Koch was unable to hold the lead, falling to Ziad Elsissy from Wayne State 12-15 in the semi-finals. He finished NCAA Championships tied for third with Penn State fencer Andrew Mackiewicz.

Maximilien Chastanet and Stas Sudilovsky ended their fourth championship campaign in 12th and 22nd, respectively. Chastanet earned 11 victories and a +0 indicator. Sudilovsky won five bouts and finished with a -45 indicator.

Blais Belanger and Domenik Koch earned first team All-American for their finishes at the NCAA Championships. Chastanet and Weiss received third team All-American recognition.

The women’s squad contributed 76 points to the team’s total and had four of six fencers finish in the top-10. The highest finishes for the women was 6th place by Sarah Merza, Camilla Rivano, and Emma von Dadelszen. They received second team All-American recognition. The finish was the highest for von Dadelszen in her three championship appearances. Gabreila Cecchini finished 8th in foil with 15 victories.

NCAA Fencing Championships
Mar. 25, 2017
Multi-Sport Facility – University Park, Pa.

Men’s Sabre
3T Domenik Koch
16 Frederik Koch

Men’s Foil
12 Maximilien Chastanet
22 Stas Sudilovsky

Men’s Epee
1 Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger
11 Lewis Weiss

Women’s Sabre
6 Sarah Merza
23 Maddalena Bosetti

Women’s Foil
6 Camilla Rivano
8 Gabriela Cecchini

Women’s Epee
6 Emma von Dadelszen
16 Alexanne Verret