March 2, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Thirty-two Buckeyes fencers competed at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships on March 1-2 in South Bend, Ind. Ohio State earned twenty Top-10 finishes, including nine individual medals, on Saturday and finished in first place overall in team competition on Sunday. 

In women’s sabre, Alexa Antipas edged fellow Buckeye Celina Merza, 15-14, in the finals to earn the gold medal. In the previous round, Kimberly Young fell to Merza, 15-8, tying for third and rounding out the Buckeye medal count with a bronze.

Two other members of the women’s squad earn medals for the Scarlet and Gray. Mona Shaito garnered a silver medal for women’s foil, while Eleanor Harvey claimed the bronze. Eugenia Falqui led women’s epee with a ninth place finish, closely followed by Becca Rutan who finished tenth.

On the men’s side, Ohio State tallied four medals. Andrew McDonald earned a silver medal for men’s foil, while Rhys Douglas claimed gold for men’s sabre. In men’s epee, Kristian Boyadzhiev took home the gold after defeating teammate Bill Meyer in the finals, 3-1.

On Sunday, Ohio State took on 19 other schools in team competition, including Notre Dame, who the Buckeyes faced in five of the six weapon classes title bouts. The Scarlet and Gray also squared off against Northwestern, Michigan, Cleveland State, Michigan State, Oakland, Oberlin, Indiana, Lawrence College, Chicago, Detroit and Wayne State.

Ohio State earned first overall, highlighted by four weapon titles. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish in men’s foil, 5-2, women’s epee, 5-1, and women’s sabre, 5-2, while defeating Northwestern, 5-3, for men’s epee.  Ohio State claimed second in the remaining weapon classes, falling to Notre Dame in men’s sabre, 5-2, and in women’s foil, 5-1.

The Buckeyes return to the strips for the NCAA Regional Qualifier, March 8-9, in Detroit, Mich., where they will begin their quest for the 2014 NCAA Championship title. The 2014 NCAA Championships will be held at the French Field House in Columbus, Ohio, March 20-23.

Midwest Conference Championships
March 1-2, 2014
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s Epee
1 Kristian Boyadzhiev
2 Bill Meyer
4 Matt Bogard
7 Iñaki de Guzman
14 Alec Walker
17 Ryan Tomlinson
23 Eric Philippou
26 Shawn Marshman
45 Nikita Segalchik

Men’s Foil
2 Andrew McDonald
5 Zain Shaito
6 Chris Colley
8 Samuel Hardwicke-Brown
17 Taylor Clarkson
20 Michael Hastings-Grgas
22 John Vivian

Men’s Sabre
1 Rhys Douglas
5 Nitikorn Dornjandaeng
6 Alistair Delchamps
7 Andy Choi

Women’s Epee
9 Eugenia Falqui
10 Becca Rutan
12 Laura Gurnowski

Women’s Foil
2 Mona Shaito
3T Eleanor Harvey
8 Mai Shaito
11 Kyjah Coryat
26 Taylor McIntyre

Women’s Sabre
1 Alexa Antipas
2 Celina Merza
3T Kimberly Young
11 Sterling Streb