COLUMBUS, Ohio – After seven rounds of fencing on day one of the Northwestern Duals, the Ohio State women are 3-2 and the men are 4-1. The action continues at Ryan Fieldhouse in Evanston, Ill., Sunday starting at 8 a.m. CT/9 a.m. ET. Seven more rounds will be held on day two.
The No. 3-ranked men’s squad started out strong with a dominating 24-3 win over Lawrence. Epee swept the Vikings 9-0 and Stephen Chou and Diego Cervantes both put up three wins each for the Buckeyes.
The No. 4 women started with No 1. Princeton for a battle of Top 5 teams. Epee managed a 5-4 win, but sabre and foil both dropped to the Tigers, leaving the Buckeyes at a 15-12 deficit.
Both squads took on Duke in round three. A convincing 7-2 win from men’s sabre pushed the Buckeyes past the Blue Devils, 14-13. Roscoe Swartz and Bence Bende both contributed three wins.
Representatives from all three weapons on the women’s side – Julieta Toledo, Camila Rivano and Montserrat Viveros – put up three wins each to bolster the Buckeyes over Duke, 15-12. All three squads won 5-4.
In a display of consistency, the women pulled out another 15-12 win in round four over Cornell with 5-4 wins from all three squads. Newcomer Montserrat Viveros marked her second consecutive 3-0 round.
The men conceded 10 bouts to Princeton, leaving them at a 17-10 deficit. All three weapons fell to the Tigers.
The Buckeye men’s squad bounced back in round six to edge out North Carolina, 14-13. Epee and sabre both picked up wins.
In their final round of the day, the women’s side dominated Fairleigh Dickinson in all three weapons, leading to a 22-5 win.
To close out the day, the men’s squad swept Northwestern’s club team, 27-0.
Ohio State Men’s Results
Round 1: Ohio State def. Lawrence 24-3 (F: 7-2 E: 9-0 S: 8-1)
Round 3: Ohio State def. Duke 14-13 (F: 2-7 E: 5-4 S: 7-2)
Round 5: Princeton def. Ohio State 17-10 (F: 6-3 E: 5-4 S: 6-3)
Round 6: Ohio State def. North Carolina 17-10 (F: 3-6 E: 5-4 S: 6-3)
Round 8: Ohio State def. Northwestern Club 27-0 (F: 9-0 E: 9-0 S: 9-0)
Ohio State Women’s Results
Round 2: Princeton def. Ohio State 15-12 (F: 5-4 E: 4-5 S: 6-3)
Round 3: Ohio State def. Duke 15-12 (F: 5-4 E: 5-4 S: 5-4)
Round 4: Ohio State def. Cornell 15-12 (F: 5-4 E: 5-4 S: 5-4)
Round 5: Notre Dame def. Ohio State 18-9 (F: 6-3 E: 4-5 S: 8-1)
Round 6: Ohio State def. Fairleigh Dickinson 22-5 (F: 8-1 E: 5-4 S: 9-0)
Round 1 vs. Stanford
Round 2 vs. BYE/Northwestern
Round 3 vs. Incarnate Word
Round 4 vs. BYE/Air Force
Round 5 vs. Air Force/Temple
Round 6 vs. UC San Diego
Round 7 vs. Detroit Mercy/BYE
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.