COLUMBUS, Ohio — Katarzyna Dabrowa, associate head coach, and freshman epeeist Gabriel Feinberg of the Ohio State fencing program have been named finalists for 2022 United States Fencing Coaches Association awards.
Feinberg, the 2022 NCAA Champion, is a finalist for Men’s Epee Collegiate Athlete of the Year and Dabrowa is a finalist for the Men’s Team Collegiate Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Dabrowa, the primary weapon coach for the Ohio State epee squad, has already been recognized as the Central Collegiate Fencing Conference Men’s Team Assistant Coach of the Year this spring. She helped lead the Buckeye men to a 27-6 season record and Ohio State captured fifth place at the NCAA team championships. At the CCFC Championships, the Buckeye men won the team trophy, along with the men’s foil, epee and sabre squad titles. Ohio State qualified the maximum six men to the NCAA Championships, with Feinberg capturing the men’s epee NCAA crown.
Feinberg, from Lincoln, Mass., won the fifth men’s epee NCAA title in program history and the third straight when Ohio State has competed at the national site. He was the No. 4 seed heading into the semifinals, knocking off the No. 1 seed, 15-14, before a 15-11 win in the final. He was 19-7 in the regular season and placed fourth at NCAA regionals. Following the collegiate campaign, he won a silver medal with Team USA at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Dubai. He was also a Second Team All-Midwest Region selection and a First Team All-CCFC honoree and earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.