COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State fencing team scored another victory this weekend when men’s epee claimed first at the 2011 United States Collegiate Squad Championships hosted by New York University.

Junior Igor Tolkachev, sophomore Marco Canevari, both NCAA tournament participants a season ago, and freshman Kristian Boyadzhiev formed the winning trio for the Buckeyes.

The squad took an early lead against Brown after a first-round bye and held on to take the bout with a 15-point advantage, 45-30. Boyadzhiev led the Ohio State trio with 18 touches in the bout.

In the third round, the Buckeyes faced off against the University of Pennsylvania. The two teams raced to a 16-16 tie before the Scarlet and Gray pulled ahead on the strength of an 8-touch round from Tolkachev.

Despite a strong effort by Penn, Ohio State held off the Quaker comeback to earn the victory, 45-41, to earn a berth in the final bout against Yale.

In a matchup of the top-seeded Buckeyes and the second-seeded Bulldogs, Ohio State fenced to a 34-27 lead behind Canevari’s 17-touch effort before Tolkachev and Boyadzhiev combined to go 11-5 in the last two rounds to clinch the victory and the championship for the Buckeyes.

The event featured a relay-scoring structure rather than the typical protocol of regular NCAA fencing competitions. In relay scoring, the teams battle to the 45-point mark, earning a point for each touch. The leading team in each round must reach the 5-touch mark before the teams rotate fencers.

The Buckeyes will travel to Notre Dame, Ind., March 5-6 to compete at the Midwest Conference Championships, where they have won seven of the past eight team titles.

United States Collegiate Squad Championships
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Jerome Coles Gymnasium, NYU, Greenwich Village, N.Y.

Men’s Weapons

1. OHIO STATE; 2. Yale; 3. Haverford & Penn; 5. NYU; 6. Columbia; 7. North Carolina; 8. Brown

Ohio State (seeded 1)
vs. Brown, W 45-30
vs. Penn, W 45-41
vs. Yale, W 45-32
Place: 1st