November 24, 2019

Fencers Take Home Hardware from PSU Open Day 2


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s fencing squad competed in the Garret Penn State Open Sunday. Buckeyes claimed six Top 10 finishes and three podium finishes in sabre and epee. All three squads combined went 144-144 on the day against elite competition.


Nine Buckeyes competed in men’s sabre. They battled to a 53-54 record overall, including three in the Top 20. After pool competition, Hudson Sanata, Domenik Koch and Roscoe Swartz advanced to elimination rounds. Due to an unfortunate draw in the tableau, Koch and Swartz met in the round of 16, from which Koch walked away with a 15-9 victory. Continuing to the round of eight, Koch met fellow Buckeye Hudson Santana. Santana edged Koch 15-11 and then went on to claim third place overall.

Stephen Chou, Matthew Hayes, Blake Bradford, Jadon Montgomery, Frank Ditullio and Shavanth Arnipalli all fought hard in pool competition to claim a total of 53 wins for the squad.

3T Hudson Santana
5 Domenik Koch
13 Roscoe Swartz
21 Stephen Chou
22 Matthew Hayes
24 Blake Bradford
25 Jadon Montgomery (Unattached)
31 Frank Ditullio
34 Shanvanth Arnipalli


The epee squad dominated pool play, racking up 60 wins as a unit. Anil Singh, Ethan Edwards and Alex Mason all contributed multiple victories. Five Buckeyes continued to elimination rounds, including Henry Lange, Bence Bende, Matthew Comes, Kaiden Crotchett and JR Culpepper.

Buckeyes were again placed against each other in the tabeleau. Lange knocked out Culpepper and Comes and Bende took out Crotchett. Bende went on to drop in the semifinals to the eventual champion and finished third overall. Lange took a hard 15-10 loss in the finals, walking away with a second-place finish for the Buckeyes.

2 Henry Lange
3T Bence Bende
5 Matthew Comes
9 Kaiden Crotchett
13 JR Culpepper
22 Alex Mason
30 Ethan Edwards
37 Anil Singh (Unattached)


Nathan Wriedt led the foil squad with a record of 10-6 on the day and an elimination-round appearance. Wriedt took 14th place overall against some strong opponents. Liam Smith also advanced to elimination rounds after an impressive pool-competition showing and placed 16th. Leon Cao, Will Gaziano, James Flanagan and Jacob Gordon all contributed wins for the the squad’s 31-50 record for the day.

14 Nathan Wriedt
16 Liam Smith
20 Leon Cao
30 Will Gaziano
31 James Flanagan
35 Jacob Gordon


The Buckeyes will be off from competition until the weekend of Jan. 18-19. Some of the team will compete in the St. John’s Duals Jan. 18 in New York, with others at the Philadelphia Open Jan. 18-19.