Feb. 28, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After individual competition yesterday, Ohio State fencing continued to dominate team competition today. The Buckeyes ended the day in first place at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, scoring a total of 1,590 points.

In men’s competition, the Buckeyes took home first place totaling a score of 810 points overall, 120 points ahead of second place Lawrence University. The men’s foil unit of Nicola Sirito, Stas Sudilovsky, and James Hu defeated Cleveland State University in the championship round, 5-1, after downing Northwestern 5-0 in the semifinal round. For men’s epee, Oliver Shindler, Lewis Weiss, and Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger teamed up to defeat Michigan in the semifinal round, 5-1. In the championship round, Iñaki de Guzman joined Weiss and Blais-Belanger to defeat Cleveland State, 5-0. The men’s sabre unit of Frederick Koch, Ameen Borojerdi, and Fares Arfa defeated Michigan State in the semifinal round, 5-0. Hector Florencia teamed up with Arfa and Koch for the championship round, defeating Michigan State, 5-0.

The women’s team came in second place totaling 780 points just behind Northwestern’s 785 points. The women’s foil unit highlighted the effort, defeating University of Chicago in the semifinals (5-0) and Wayne State University in the championship round (5-1). Haley Cloyd, Eleanor Harvey, and Alanna Goldie made up the foil unit for both rounds. Alexa Antipas, Nina Stackhouse, and Kyjah Coryat teamed up for the women’s sabre unit, defeating Wayne State 5-3 in the semifinal round. The unit lost a close match to No. 5 Northwestern, 5-3. The women’s epee unit of Becca Rutan, Emma von Dadelszen, and Ally Micek defeated Michigan in the semifinal round, 5-1, but lost to No. 5 Northwestern, 5-3, in the championship round.

The Buckeyes finished in the top three in every weapon class, the only team to do so at Midwest Fencing Championships. The team took home a total of 21 trophies after the two days of competition.

Ohio State Fencing returns to action on March 12 at the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio.