COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Marco Canevari picked up gold in men’s epee at the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Sunday evening. His first-place finish guarantees him an automatic bid in the NCAA Championships, alongside teammate Katarzyna Dabrowa, who earned gold in women’s epee Saturday.

The 2011 NCAA Championships will be held March 24-27, hosted by the Buckeyes inside French Field House and St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

In all, the Buckeyes finished with five medal performances at the event, three on the women’s side and two from the men.

Canevari picked up five victories in the first round before advancing to second, where he posted a flawless 9-0 record with a +16 indicator. The sophomore from Milano, Italy, was joined in the second round by all four of his Ohio State teammates. Tolkachev earned six victories to take fourth, while Kristian Boyadzhiev picked up four wins to place sixth. Daniel Tafoya and Eric Gurnowski claimed three and one victories to finish eighth and ninth, respectively.

Freshman Zain Shaito led the way for the Scarlet and Gray in foil, finishing fourth behind a trio of Notre Dame fencers. Shaito and Notre Dame’s Reggie Bentley both finished with six victories in the second round, but Bentley held the indicator advantage with a +15, compared to Shaito’s +8, to earn bronze.

Foilists Andrew McDonald and Sam Hardwicke-Brown, both freshmen, earned four and three victories to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.

Freshman Rhys Douglas joined Canevari as a medalist, earning bronze in men’s sabre. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native recorded six wins in the third round to take home bronze. Teammate Michael Douville joined Douglas in the final round, racking up five wins and breaking even with an indicator of 0 to finish fifth in the category. Sophomore Nick Kotz picked up a win in the first round to advance to the next stage, but couldn’t find his groove and stalled in the second round, finishing 13th.

Each team can qualify up to two men and two women per weapon for the NCAA Championship. The winner of each event at the Midwest Regional will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships and the Midwest region has five bids allocated to it for the NCAA Championships in each of the six events. Fencers are nominated by the NCAA Midwest Committee, and confirmed by the NCAA National Men’s and Women’s Fencing Committee on Tuesday, March 15. Nominations are based on the pre-regional “Fencer Strength Factor” (40 percent) and Regional Placement (60 percent). Each region also nominates two fencers in each event as at-large candidates; the at-large bids go to the two fencers with the highest Fencer Strength Factor.

2011 NCAA Midwest Regional
March 13, 2011
Wayne State University

Men’s Epee
1 – Marco Canevari
4 – Igor Tolkachev
6 – Kristian Boyadzhiev
8 – Daniel Tafoya
9 – Eric Gurnowski

Men’s Foil
4 – Zain Shaito
6 – Sam Hardwicke-Brown
7 – Andrew McDonald

Men’s Sabre
3 – Rhys Douglas
5 – Michael Douville
13 – Nick Kotz