COLUMBUS, Ohio – Strong performances by both competitors in men’s epee propelled Ohio State to fourth place following the conclusion of men’s competition in the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships in St. John Arena in Columbus.

The Top 5 remains unchanged after Friday with Notre Dame leading the pack with 90 points. Penn State follows in second with 84 and St. John’s sits in third with 71. The Buckeyes and Harvard are tied for fourth with 65 points.

Women’s competition begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Women’s championship bouts take place Sunday at 2 p.m. inside St. John Arena. Live stats can be followed at and live video can be found at

Igor Tolkachev and Marco Canevari both earned All-America accolades Friday afternoon. Canevari earned first team All-America status and a berth in the final four in men’s epee after picking up 16 wins in pool play, but couldn’t get past Princeton’s Jonathan Yergler in the semifinals. The sophomore Italian fell to Yergler, 15-9.

Tolkachev finished a win short of the final four after dropping his last bout to Yergler, 5-4, in pool play. The junior second team All-American finished fifth with 14 victories and a +22. Tolkachev and Canevari proved to be the strongest men’s epee duo, finishing top in the standings with 30 total victories.

Zain Shaito led Ohio State’s men’s foil squad with 13 victories, including a 5-3 win against runner-up Miles Chamley-Watson of Penn State, to take 10th place. Teammate Samuel Hardwicke-Brown finished 24th with four wins.

The Buckeyes posted similar results in men’s sabre as freshman Rhys Douglas took home 10th with 13 victories and a +10 indicator. Sophomore Michael Douville accumulated five wins to place 23rd.

2011 NCAA Championships
Columbus, Ohio
March 24-27

Team Standings

Place Name Points  ME  MF  MS
1. Notre Dame   90  23  34  33
2. Penn State   84  11  40  33
3. St. John’s   71  28  10  33
T4. Harvard   65  23  18  24
T4. Ohio State   65  30  17  18

Ohio State Individual Standings
Men’s Epee

T3. Marco Canevari
5. Igor Tolkachev

Men’s Foil
10. Zain Shaito
24. Samuel Hardwicke-Brown

Men’s Sabre
10. Rhys Douglas
23. Michael Douville