February 22, 2020

Ohio State Sweeps MFC Individual Titles


Midwest Fencing Conference Championship Central

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing program ended its first day of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships in French Field House on a high note, walking away with all six individual weapon titles and a total of 16 podium finishes. Buckeyes closed out four of the six finals bouts.


Ohio State’s Alexanne Verret claimed her second consecutive title after overpowering teammate and freshman Montserrat Viveros in a close 15-14 bout. Senior Natalia Falkowski finished off the all-Buckeye podium by claiming third. Remaining Buckeyes Jessica Thow and Eva Petronchak also finished in the Top 15.

1 Alexanne Verret

2 Monteserrat Viveros

3T Natalia Falkowski

10 Jessica Thow

11 Eva Petronchak


Camilla Rivano and Gabriela Cecchini faced off in the finals in the fourth Buckeye finals matchup of the night. Rivano took the gold with Cecchini and Alexa Laskaris in second and third, respectively. This is Rivano’s third MFC individual title.

1 Camilla Rivano

2 Gabriela Cecchini

3T Alexa Laskaris

30 Emma Montgomery


Another Buckeye showdown for first place resulted in Julieta Toledo taking first as Sarah Merza took home silver. Sasha Kolmykova, Evie Bustamante and Stephanie Miller also finished in the Top 10.

1 Julieta Toledo

2 Sarah Merza

7 Sasha Kolmykova

8 Evie Bustamante

9 Stephanie Miller

13 Nicole Fisher

30 Ariel Gluck


The highly competitive men’s epee squad claimed five of the Top 10 spots. In another Buckeye finals face-off between Henry Lange and Bence Bende, Lange edged out Bende and claimed gold. Crotchett finished third followed by Comes and Culpepper also in the Top 10.

1 Henry Lange

2 Bence Bende

3T Kaiden Crotchett

5 Matthew Comes

6 JR Culpepper

14 Ethan Edwards

27 Chris Collado


Newcomer Diego Cervantes made his debut on the home strips a memorable one with a dominating 15-5 finals performance, earning first place. Defending champ Nathan Wriedt followed in third. Liam Smith, Will Gaziano, Leon Cao, Jacob Gordon and James Flanagan all finished in the Top 20.

1 Diego Cervantes

3T Nathan Wreidt

10 Liam Smith

11 Will Gaziano

12 Leon Cao

16 Jacob Gordon

17 James Flanagan


The saber unit secured six out of the Top 10 spots. Sophomore Roscoe Swartz earned his first conference title, after falling to a fellow Buckeye in the finals last year. Blake Bradford and Domenik Koch tied for third, followed by Stephen Chou and Hudson Santana in fifth and sixth, respectively. Frank Ditullio, Matthew Hayes and Shanvanth Arnipalli all clinched Top 20 finishes for Ohio State.

1 Roscoe Swartz

3T Blake Bradford

3T Domenik Koch

5 Stephen Chou

6 Hudson Santana

8 Frank Ditullio

14 Matthew Hayes

17 Shanvanth Arnipalli


The Buckeyes will compete in the team dual competition starting at 8 a.m. Sunday for the men’s and women’s squad MFC Championship titles.

For the first time, there will not be an overall team champion; instead, they will award the women men’s and women’s squads individually. Last year, the Buckeye men claimed first and the women took second behind Northwestern.


Ohio State’s goal is to be zero waste by 2025 by diverting at least 90 percent of waste away from the landfill. For the second year in a row, the Midwest Conference Championships is a zero waste event. Senior Natalia Falkowski approached Coach Ohio Donald Anthony Junior to initiate the zero waste mission within the fencing program. For more information about zero waste, click here. View the day one zero waste report here.