February 19, 2020

Midwest Fencing Championships in Columbus This Weekend


Midwest Fencing Conference Championship Central

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team will host the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships at French Field House Saturday and Sunday.

The host Buckeyes will take on 19 collegiate fencing teams this weekend. Six of the teams in attendance have varsity programs, including No. 9 Northwestern women, Detroit Mercy, Cleveland State, Lawrence, Denison women, and Wayne State. Competition kicks off Saturday with the individual tournament, followed by the team dual competition Sunday. Fencing will begin at 8 a.m. on both days. A full schedule is at the championship central page above.

Parking and admissions are free for spectators.


The Midwest Fencing Conference Championship went to Ohio State for the sixth consecutive time at last year’s competition in Columbus. The men’s team also secured the 13th team title in program history with a clean sweep, leaving a 110-point gap between them and the second-place finisher. The women’s side placed second behind then-No. 2 Northwestern.


  • The men’s squad is currently ranked No. 3 and the women come in at at No. 4 according to CollegeFencing360’s most recent poll.
  • The women’s squad has edged out the returning conference champions of  Northwestern twice this season – once at the Elite Invitational and on their home strips at the Northwestern Duals in a tight 14-13 victory, clinched by freshman Montserrat Viveros.
  • During the regular season, neither the men’s or women’s side lost to any of the opposing teams they will face at the conference championships.
  • Last time the Buckeyes competed in French Field House – at the OSU Duals in the fall – both squads went undefeated.
  • All three reigning women’s individual MFC champions – Sarah Merza (sabre), Camila Rivano (foil) and Alexanne Verret (epee) – come from Ohio State.
  • Ohio State is returning four of its five first-place finishers from last year. In addition to the women above, Nathan Wreidt was the 2019 foil champion.
  • The Cecchini-Rivano-Laskaris trio has the highest win percentage of all three women’s squads and will return for their second-consecutive MFC appearance as a unit.
  • Senior captain Sarah Merza is looking for her fourth consecutive women’s sabre title.
  • The Buckeyes return 10 Top 3 finishers from last year’s championships.

Looking Ahead

Postseason action continues for the Buckeyes with the NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifiers in Detroit March 7-8.