March 11, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team continued its impressive run in 2012 by earning gold medals in five of six weapon categories at the NCAA Midwest Regional hosted by Cleveland State in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Scarlet and Gray women took two of three Saturday before the men swept the competition Sunday. Overall, 16 Buckeyes earned Top 5 finishes, including eight in the Top 3 of their respective categories.

The 2012 NCAA Championships begins March 22 and continues through March 25 at French Field House and St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

In women’s sabre, senior Margarita Tschomakova tied Notre Dame’s Lian Osier in pool play with 14 wins, but earned the automatic NCAA qualification with a 5-3 victory over Osier in a bonus bout. Junior Alison Miller and freshman Celina Merza both notched 12-win efforts to finish third and fourth, respectively, while senior Emily Cheng followed up with 11 victories.

Women’s foilist Mona Shaito led the field with 17 victories and a +59 indicator as her only two losses came against teammates Nina Stackhouse and Allison Henvick. Sister Mai Shaito and senior Henvick each collected 14 wins, but Shaito earned the advantage with a +36 indicator to finish third. Freshman Stackhouse took 11 bouts at the event to finish 10th.

Senior Max Stearns and sophomore Rhys Douglas tied with Notre Dame’s Keith Feldman with 14 wins in pool play, leading to a second pool of the three fencers. Stearns was victorious in both of his bouts to take first, while Douglas edged Feldman, 5-4, to finish runner-up. Freshman Max Mogg fell one win short of the Top 3, with 13 victories. Sophomore Ewan Douglas landed in seventh place with 10 wins.

Sophomore foilist Zain Shaito claimed gold with 15 wins to clinch his second appearance at the NCAA championships. Rookie teammate Chris Colley finished fourth and was the lone fencer to defeat Shaito. Sophomore Samuel Hardwicke-Brown claimed 11 wins to land in seventh while freshman Robert Moore took seven decisions to finish 10th.

The Buckeyes earned four of the Top 5 spots in men’s epee as Kristian Boyadzhiev marked the fifth Buckeye to pick up an automatic qualification for the NCAA championships. The sophomore and junior Marco Canevari pulled away from the group and tied with 15 wins apiece. Boyadzhiev’s 4-3 triumph over Canevari in the fence-off earned the title. Senior Igor Tolkachev and junior Daniel Tafoya ended in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Caroline Piasecka was one of four competitors to finish with 10 wins in women’s epee. Her +19 indicator earned her fourth, while teammate Katarzyna Dabrowa took six bouts to finish sixth.

Each team may qualify 12 fencers, two in each weapon category, for the NCAA championships. First-place finishers at the regional event earn automatic qualifications, while the Midwest Fencing Committee decides the remainder of the field.

2012 NCAA Midwest Regional
March 10-11, 2012
Cleveland, Ohio

Women’s Epee
4 – Caroline Piasecka
6 – Katarzyna Dabrowa

Men’s Epee
1 – Kristian Boyadzhiev
2 – Marco Canevari
4 – Igor Tolkachev
5 – Daniel Tafoya

Women’s Foil
1 – Mona Shaito
4 – Mai Shaito
5 – Allison Henvick
10 – Nina Stackhouse

Men’s Foil
1 – Zain Shaito
4 – Chris Colley
7 – Samuel Hardwicke-Brown
10 – Robert Moore

Women’s Sabre
1 – Margarita Tschomakova
3 – Alison Miller
4 – Celina Merza
6 – Emily Cheng

Men’s Sabre
1 – Max Stearns
2 – Rhys Douglas
4 – Max Mogg
7 – Ewan Douglas