Feb. 7, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team will host the OSU Duals Saturday at French Field House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Buckeyes, featuring a men’s team ranked No. 2 and a women’s team ranked No. 2, aim to repeat their performance from last season’s OSU Duals, when both the men’s and women’s team went 9-0 en route to an overall first place finish. Ohio State enters the OSU Duals with a combined 33-5 record in collegiate competition. The second ranked men’s team is 18-1, while the sixth ranked women’s squad is 15-4.

Standouts for the Buckeyes include sophomore men’s foil specialist Andras Horanyi, who has amassed a 45-3 record this season, and junior Siobhan Byrne who has a 51-3 record in the women’s sabre. Other outstanding Buckeyes are sophomore Mike Momtselidze with a 36-4 record in the men’s sabre, Julia Tikhonova with a 44-10 record in the women’s foil and freshman Sergey Smirnov with a 42-9 record in the men’s sabre.

Ohio State will host Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Cleveland State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Oberlin, Purdue and Xavier.

Ohio State will send a number of fencers to Denver, Colo., for the Junior Olympics Feb. 17-18. Following that, Ohio State will head to the Midwest Conference Championships March 3-4, where the Buckeyes aim to lock up their fifth-consecutive title. After the NCAA regional qualifier March 10, the Buckeyes will finish off the collegiate season at the NCAA Championships in search of a national championship. Ohio State has finished in the Top 4 in the country in each of the last five years, including a national championship in 2004. The Buckeyes finished fourth in 2002 and 2003, first in 2004, second in 2005 and third in 2006. RECAP OF THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY DUALS
Ohio State went 9-1 at the New York University Duals Jan. 28, as the second-ranked OSU men went 5-0, while the women finished 4-1 with wins over Top 10 opponents Notre Dame and Northwestern. The Buckeye women’s squad upset No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Northwestern en route to their 4-1 record. The 14-13 win over Notre Dame came just one week after the Buckeyes fell to the Fighting Irish 14-13 at the Notre Dame Duals. The OSU men also saw success, defeating No. 4 Columbia 14-13 and No. 5 Notre Dame 17-10.

Ohio State proved its elite status on the national stage at the Notre Dame Duals Jan. 20-21. The Buckeyes went 16-1 on the weekend, the sole loss coming at the hands of the Notre Dame women on a 14-13 decision. The No. 2-ranked men’s team went undefeated, posting victories over No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 8 Stanford. Keyed by the clutch performances of junior Will Jeter and sophomore Jason Pryor, Ohio State edged the Fighting Irish men in the last two bouts of competition to take a decisive 14-13 win. The women’s team, in addition to downing No. 10-ranked Stanford 19-8, went 7-1 in competition.

The duals renewed the rivalry between the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish. In 2004, the Buckeyes won the national title, topping third-place Notre Dame by 41 points. In 2005 the Fighting Irish returned the favor, staging a dramatic comeback on the final day of competition to edge the Buckeyes by two points.

A total of 13 Buckeyes placed in the Top 20 at the North American Cup Jan. 12-15, one of the nation’s elite fencing tournaments with nearly 3,000 participants, which wrapped after four days of competition at the Columbus Convention Center. Among the standouts for the Scarlet and Gray was Alexandra Obrazcova who tied for third in the women’s epee, her best finish in an NAC event. Mike Momtselidze also recorded a career-high finish with a second overall finish in the men’s sabre.

Sophomore Andras Horanyi also placed in the Top 10, coming in ninth in the foil. Ohio State volunteer assistant coach Hanna Thompson won her second-consecutive NAC competition in the women’s foil. Three other former OSU All-Americans and current volunteer assistant coaches also had Top 5 finishes, including three-time NCAA champion Boaz Ellis (2004-06), who tied for third in men’s foil, three-time All-American Denis Tolkachev (2004-06), who placed fifth in men’s epee and three-time NCAA champion Adam Crompton (2003-06), who placed fifth in men’s sabre.

The 2005-06 campaign was yet another stellar year for Ohio State fencing. The men’s team went 22-0 in regular season competition while the women’s squad recorded a 19-3 mark, bringing the combined team mark to a remarkable 41-3. At the Midwest Conference Championships, Ohio State swept the competition, capturing both men’s and women’s titles and defeating second place Notre Dame by 65 points. Seniors Boaz Ellis and Adam Crompton capped their collegiate careers with individual national titles at the NCAA Championships, steering Ohio State to an overall third place finish. Ellis and Crompton, along with Andras Horanyi, Denis Tolkachev, Jason Rogers and Kaela Brendler, took first-team All American honors.

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