Feb. 6, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team competed in the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill., over the weekend, remaining undefeated until the final round of competition before finishing with a record of 15-2.   The men’s unit came away 6-1 after a close loss to Princeton (14-13) while the women’s group posted a 9-1 record after falling to Notre Dame (16-11).   In epee, senior Marco Canevari led the Buckeyes with a 14-2 record on the day without losing a bout to Notre Dame, Stanford, or UC-San Diego. Junior Kristian Boyadzhiev (12-4) and senior Daniel Tafoya (9-1) also had strong performances at Northwestern.   For the women’s epee unit, senior Katarzyna Dabrowa defeated opponents from UNC, UC-San Diego, Northwestern, Temple, and CIT. She lost only seven bouts in the tournament to finish 21-7.   A strong performance by brother-sister duo Zain and Mona Shaito carried the Buckeyes in foil. Zain won 15 of his 18 bouts throughout the day to lead the men, 15-3. Mona defeated all her opponents up until the final round when she lost two bouts to Princeton to end the day 28-2.   On the strength of senior Max Stearns, the men’s sabre unit defeated four teams in the sabre weapon category. Stearns lost bouts to only two opponents, Wayne State and Stanford, to post a 19-2 record.   In women’s sabre, senior Alison Miller and sophomores Chelsea Martinez and Celina Merza compiled outstanding performances to lead the unit to a 10-0 winning streak in the sabre weapon category at the tournament. Miller finished 26-3, while Martinez and Merza concluded with 21-6 and 20-5 finishes respectively.   The Northwestern Duals marked the last of Ohio State’s regular-season duals events. The team finishes with an overall duals record of 40-11 on the season.  

Select Buckeyes will head to Baltimore, Md., for the Junior Olympics Feb. 15-