COLUMBUS, Ohio Five members of the No. 3-ranked Ohio State fencing team competed this past weekend at the Junior Olympics in Albuquerque, N.M. Two Buckeye fencers earned top honors, while another brought home a third-place finish.

Sabre specialist Emily Cheng continued an eye-opening freshman campaign by taking first in the women’s sabre competition, which had 105 entrants. Classmate Eric Gurnowski was equally impressive, earning the top spot in the men’s epee competition that had 203 contestants.

Sophomore Ben Parkins, who was a member of the Buckeye squad last season at the NCAA Championships, took home a third-place finish in men’s foil.

Other Buckeyes at the event included sophomore Avinash Somir, who tied for 79th in men’s epee, and Trent Lundquist, who took 92nd in men’s sabre.

The entire Ohio State fencing team will return to action Feb. 28 at the Midwest Conference Championships at Notre Dame, where they will look to lock down a seventh-consecutive title.

Men’s Epee
Eric Gurnowski 1st
Avinash Somir T-79th

Men’s Foil
Ben Parkins -3rd

Men’s Sabre
Trent Lundquist 92nd

Women’s Sabre
Emily Cheng 1st