COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing program welcomed more than 30 alumni back to Steelwood for the first program reunion in 15 years.
Official celebrations started at 10 a.m. at Steelwood. Alumni gave current Buckeyes a crash course in the program’s history with old pictures, scoresheets and articles.
Next, close to 20 alumni picked up their weapons once again and challenged former teammates along with the current student-athletes. For some, this was their first time fencing with electric equipment. For many, it was the first time back on the strip in 30-40 years. Three alumni weapon winners were recognized: James Chen (sabre), Trevor Pedersen (epee) and Michael Shearer (foil).
In the afternoon, the alumni toured the athletic village and the newest facilities including Covelli Center and the Schumaker Complex where the team spends three days a week lifting and conditioning.
The weekend wrapped up with a formal Alumni Dinner where close to 50 alumni mingled with current student-athletes. Current Buckeyes received awards recognizing last year’s accomplishments including MFC Championship rings, All-American and Big Ten academic awards as well as Varsity O awards.
The recognition of former fencing head coach Charles Simonian was the highlight of the evening. Coach Simonian left a lasting impact on his former students, who came back to Ohio State to thank him one more time for his years of service after 40 years.