Buckeyes look to sweep event for the sixth consecutive season

COLUMBUS, Ohio The defending national champion Ohio State fencing team will host the 2008 Ohio State Duals Saturday, Nov. 1 at French Fieldhouse beginning at 8 a.m.

Traditionally the event is used by Ohio State coaches to showcase the team’s younger talent, as many of the 17 Buckeye newcomers will make their debut at the event.

Ohio State has excelled at the OSU Duals the past six seasons, with the Buckeye men going 54-1 over that span while the Ohio State women have gone 55-0. The lone loss for the men came in 2002-03, when Notre Dame defeated them 16-11 in Larkins Hall. Both teams went 10-0 last season at the duals on their way to the championship.

This will be the first appearance in French Fieldhouse for Ohio State since it took home the 2007-08 national championship last April.

Head coach Vladimir Nazlymov was named the National Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Association.

Nazylmov, who is entering his 10th season at the helm of the fencing team, helped guide the Buckeyes to their second combined team championship in program history last season. The fencing program has seen a resurgence since Nazlymov came to Ohio State in 1998, with the team collecting six conference titles and 34 Buckeyes earning All-American honors over that span.

The National Coach of the Year award is presented annually by the United States Fencing Association to the coach whose contributions help to elevate the status of the coaching profession.

Hanna Thompson and Jason Rogers, both alumni of the Ohio State fencing program, helped lead the United States to historic silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Thompson, a 2005 graduate, was one of three members of the seventh-seeded women’s foil team that captured the silver medal Saturday, the first Olympic medal in the event in U.S. history. Rogers, a 2006 graduate, followed in Thompson’s footsteps Sunday by helping lead the U.S. men’s sabre squad to a silver medal, the team’s first medal since capturing bronze at the 1948 Summer Games.

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