COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State fencing team finished the first day of competition at the Midwest Conference Championships in South Bend, Ind., capturing two individual gold medals and picking up nine total Top-3 finishes. The team competition begins tomorrow, where the Buckeyes will look to lock up their seventh-consecutive Midwest Conference title.

Two-time defending national champion Andras Horanyi paced the Buckeyes in men’s foil, taking home his third career gold medal at the conference championships. Horanyi topped the No. 2 seed Steve Kubik, 15-8, in the semifinals before taking down Enzo Castellani in the championship bout, 15-5. Other Buckeyes in men’s foil included Joe Streb, who took ninth, Joe Doherty, who finished tenth, Ben Parkins, who took 14th and Colin Sutter, who finished 16th.

The women’s foil team had two Top-5 finishers, as junior Lindsay Knauer took home a bronze medal and sophomore Oksana Dmytruk placed 5th. Holly McKibben turned in a 10th place finish while Isabella Bonello earned a 16th place finish in her debut at the conference championships.

John Friend had an outstanding performance in men’s sabre, taking first place overall despite being the No. 8 seed in the bracket. Friend knocked off top-seeded Jakub Gibczynski, 15-13, fourth seed and teammate Dexter Wilde, 15-12, and edged Avery Zuck of Notre Dame, 15-14, in the final to claim the gold medal.

Wilde tied for third with senior and 2008 NCAA runner-up Mike Momtselidze, while Max Stearns finished 7th, Robert Douville 15th and Trent Lundquist 16th.

Freshman Margarita Tschomakov entered the women’s sabre bracket as the No. 6 seed, but left with a silver after reaching the sabre final. Tschomakov clipped teammate Falencia Miller, 15-14, who finished third, in the semifinal but fell to Fighting Irish sophomore Sarah Boorman in the final, 15-8.

Emily Cheng entered the sabre bracket as the top overall seed, but was upset by Boorman and finished in fifth place. Kiara Moore took home a tenth place finish, Larissa Kenney was 12th and Alyssa Wootton 26th to round out the Buckeyes in women’s sabre.

Newcomer Igor Tolkachev, brother of former Ohio State standout Denis Tolkachev, earned silver in men’s epee. Tolkachev entered the bracket as the No. 14 seed, but upset No. 3 seed John Marshall, 9-8, and tenth-seede Jacob Osbourne to reach the championship bout. Tolkachev came up just short against two-time All American Karol Kostka in the final bout, losing 15-14.

Jason Pryor finished in fifth place in epee, while Dylan Walrond took 13th, Avinash Somir placed 17th, Bishara Korkor finished 30th and Sean Harder took 33rd.

Julie Tikhonova brought in a third place finish in the women’s epee bracket, highest of any Buckeye. Mary Pozydaev placed 12th, Elyse Gurnowski finished 15th and Miriam Baranov rounded it out with a 27th place finish.

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Men’s Foil
1st Andras Horanyi
9th Joe Streb
10th Joe Doherty
14th Ben Parkins
16th Colin Sutter

Women’s Foil
3rd Lindsay Knauer
5th Oksana Dmytruk
10th Holly McKibben
16th Isabella Bonello

Men’s Epee
2nd Igor Tolkachev
5th Jason Pryor
13th Dylan Walrond
17th Avinash Somir
30th Bishara Korkor

Women’s Epee
T-3rd Julia Tikhonova
12th- Mary Pozydaev
15th Elyse Gurnowski
27th Miriam Baranov

Men’s Sabre
1st John Friend
T-3rd Mike Momtselidze
T-3rd Dexter Wilde
7th Max Stearns
15th Robert Douville
16th Trent Lundquist

Women’s Sabre
2nd Margarita Tschomakov
3rd Falencia Miller
5th Emily Cheng
10th Kiara Moore
12th Larissa Kenney
26th Alyssa Wootton