February 2, 2020

Buckeyes Close Regular Season with 16-5 Record at Northwestern Duals


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing program completed day two of the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill., Sunday. The No. 3-ranked men recorded four wins and one loss, advancing them to 8-2 on the weekend. The No. 4 women finished 5-1,  moving their tournament record to 8-3. The Buckeyes close the weekend with an overall team record of 16-5.

The tournament closed out regular-season dual competition for the Buckeyes.

Round 1

Both Buckeye squads opened day two competition against Stanford. Despite Henry Lange’s three-win contribution, the men’s squad fell to the Cardinal in a close 14-13 round.

The women, on the other hand, had a dominant showing. Julieta Toledo, Sarah Merza, Montserrat Viveros and Natalia Falkowski all contributed three wins to push the Buckeyes over the Cardinal, 21-6.

Round 2

In an exciting round, the women took out No. 9 Northwestern, 14-13. Freshman Montserrat Viveros won the deciding bout in epee to clinch the team win on Northwestern’s home strips. Sarah Merza and Viveros both contributed three wins.

Round 3 

Both squads beat out Incarnate Word 24-3. Men’s and women’s sabre each went 9-0.

Round 4

Despite women’s sabre and foil winning 5-4, epee fell 6-3 to Air Force, leaving the Buckeyes at a 14-13 deficit, marking their only loss of the day.

Round 5

Strong performances in men’s epee and sabre allowed the Buckeyes a 17-10 win over Air Force. Domenik Koch, Roscoe Swartz and Henry Lange all contributed three wins.

The No. 4 women also won in convincing fashion in round five. Wins in sabre and foil le to a 17-10 win over No. 5 Temple. Gabriela Cecchini, Alexa Laskaris and Montserrat Viveros all contributed three wins; it was Viveros’s third 3-0 mark of the day.

Round 6

Both men’s and women’s squads marked convincing wins over UC San Diego; all six squads won their rounds. Roscoe Swartz and Diego Cervantes led the men’s squad to a 17-10 win.

Five Buckeyes marked three-win records for the women’s squad: Sarah Merza, Evie Bustamante, Gabriela Cecchini, Camila Rivano and Natalia Falkowski. Their performances allowed a 19-8 win over UCSD to close out their weekend.

Round 7

The men’s squad finished their tournament in dominant fashion with a 27-0 shutout over Detroit Mercy.

Ohio State Men’s Results 
Round 1: Stanford def. Ohio State 14-13 (F: 6-3 E: 2-7 S: 6-3)
Round 3: Ohio State def. Incarnate Word 24-3 (F: 7-2 E: 8-1 S: 9-0)
Round 5: Ohio State def. Air Force 17-10 (F: 3-6 E: 7-2 S: 7-2)
Round 6: Ohio State def. UC San Diego 17-10 (F: 6-3 E: 6-3 S: 5-4)
Round 7: Ohio State def. Detroit Mercy 27-0 (F: 9-0 E: 9-0 S: 9-0)

Ohio State Women’s Results 
Round 1: Ohio State def. Stanford 21-6 (F: 5-4 E: 4-5 S: 6-3)
Round 2: Ohio State def. Northwestern 14-13 (F: 4-5 E: 6-3 S: 4-5)
Round 3: Ohio State def. Incarnate Word 24-3 (F: 7-2 E: 8-1 S: 9-0)
Round 4: Air Force def. Ohio State 14-13 (F: 4-5 E: 6-3 S: 4-5)
Round 5: Ohio State def. Temple 17-10 (F: 8-1 E: 4-5 S: 5-4)
Round 6: Ohio State def. UC San Diego 19-8 (F: 8-1 E: 5-4 S: 6-3)

What’s Next?

The Buckeyes will begin postseason competition hosting the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships in French Field House in Columbus Feb. 22-23. Ohio State has claimed the last six conference titles.