Ohio State athletes rank among nation’s best at national tournament

COLUMBUS, Ohio Members of the defending national champion Ohio State fencing team competed this weekend at the North American Cup (NAC) in Louisville, Ky. Three Buckeye fencers pulled in Top-10 finishes while six others finished in the Top 25.

Both the men’s and women’s foil squads had outstanding showing, headlined by sophomore Oksana Dmytruk and senior Andras Horanyi, who each recorded third place finishes in women’s and men’s foil, respectively. Lindsay Knauer took home a 27th place finish in women’s foil while Ben Parkins finished 41st and Joe Streb took 58th on the men’s side.

Igor Tolkachev took 13th and Jason Pryor finished 19th out of 245 competitors in men’s epee while Julia Tikhonova took 21st in women’s epee. Miriam Baranov grabbed a tie for 38th-place while Mary Pozydaev took 53rd. Eric Gurnowski and Bishara Korkor also recorded Top-100 finishes on the men’s side.

Senior Mike Momtselidze was outstanding in men’s sabre, finishing 8th, while Emily Cheng, Falencia Miller and Margarita Tschomakov took 13th, 21st and 23rd, respectively, on the women’s side. Tom Friend finished 39th and Robert Douville took 48th on the men’s side.

The NAC is the title of a series of national tournaments held throughout the country each year and serves as the point system used for determining spots on U.S. National teams. The event is split into two divisions, Division I and junior. The Division I competition is used as a qualifier for national championships and selection for international competitions.

Ohio State will open the dual match season this weekend at the St. John’s Duals and the New York University Duals. For full results from the North American Cup, visit

Men’s Epee Senior Out of 245
Igor Tolkachev 13
Jason Pryor 19
Eric Gurnowski 45
Bishara Korkor 74
Sean Harder T-102
Avinash Somir 104
Dylan Walrond 117

Women’s Epee Senior Out of 151
Julia Tikhonova 21
Miriam Baranov T-38
Mary Pozydaev 53
Ingrid Biederman -143
Elyse Gurnowski 144

Men’s Epee Junior
Avinash Somir – 28
Eric Gurnowski 30
Dylan Walrond – 46

Women’s Epee Junior
Miriam Baranov T-60

Men’s Foil Senior Out of 188
Andras Horanyi T-3rd
Ben Parkins – 41
Joe Streb – 58
Colin Sutter -97

Women’s Foil Senior Out of 104
Oksana Dmyturk T-3
Lindsay Knauer 27
Isabella Bonello T-97

Men’s Foil Junior
Ben Parkins -3

Women’s Foil Junior
Allison Henvick 23
Lindsay Knauer 42
Isabella Bonello 46

Men’s Sabre Senior Out of 141
Mike Momtselidze 8
Tom Friend 39
Robert Douville 48
Dexter Wilde 85

Women’s Sabre Senior Out of 92
Emily Cheng 14
Falencia Miller 21
Margarita Tschmakov 23
Kiara Moore T-50
Victoria Harris 81

Men’s Sabre Junior
Trent Lundquist 95

Women’s Sabre Junior
Falencia Miller 7
Emily Cheng 8
Kiara Moore 43
Victoria Harris 69 ###