Jan. 15, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-three members of Ohio State’s fencing team competed in the January North American Cup this past weekend in St. Louis, Mo. The Buckeyes’ performance was highlighted by a silver medal from epee fencer Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger.

Blais Belanger, a sophomore on the men’s epee squad, began the competition seeded at 16. Advancing to the round of four, Blais Belanger defeated Alliance Fencing Academy’s Sean Wilson 15-11. In the next bout, Blais Belanger fell to Columbia University’s Alen Hadzic, 15-8, claiming the second place spot and a silver medal.

Other top performances include a 10th place finish from Eugenia Falqui in women’s epee, a 21st place finish from Emma von Dadelszen in women’s epee, and a 22nd place finish from Fares Arfa in men’s sabre.

Former Buckeye and current undergraduate assistant coach Celina Merza claimed a fifth place finish in women’s sabre.

The Buckeyes will return to action in New York, N.Y. at St. John’s Duals on Jan. 23.

January North American Cup
St. Louis, Mo.
Jan. 8-11

Division I
Men’s Foil

36 – Stas Sudilovsky
68 – Julien Baneux
109 – Nicola Sirito
145 – James Hu

Men’s Epee
2 – Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger
35 – Lewis Weiss
53 – Iñaki de Guzman
72T – Matt Bogard
93T – Chris Jaochico
80 – Oliver Shindler
185T – Abraham Coull
203 – Nicolas Pouliquen

Men’s Sabre
22 – Fares Arfa
48 – Ameen Borojerdi

Women’s Foil
150T – Morgan Mzhen

Women’s Epee

10 – Eugenia Falqui
21 – Emma von Dadelszen
71 – Caira Moreira-Brown
73 – Ally Micek
95T – Ashley Hahn
133 – Lauren Natkin
164 – Alexandria Alpy