Ohio State wins school’s 57th national title; Horanyi and Momtselidze enter individual semifinals

COLUMBUS, Ohio Junior Jason Pryor’s 5-3 win in epee on Strip 4 at 11:57 a.m. Sunday in Ohio State’s French Field House clinched the Buckeyes’ third national fencing championship and the school’s 57th national title overall.

With the entire Ohio State fencing team cheering on Pryor beside the strip knowing the Buckeyes needed one more win to clinch the title, he lunged for the fifth and final touch against Teddy Sherrill of Harvard. The green light flashed and Pryor repeatedly jumped in the air as the entire team and head coach Vladimir Nazlymov yelled and hugged.

Notre Dame, which entered the day trailing Ohio State by only two points, had a strong start and tied the competition after about 45 minutes of competition Sunday. But the OSU men’s competitors Pryor and Sean Harder in epee, Andras Horanyi and Ben Parkins in foil and Mikhail Momtselidze and Sergey Smirnov in sabre finished strong to build a seven-point lead late in the team competition.

The Buckeyes have gone on to win the national title by nine points – 185-176. 

Any individual wins in the semifinals and gold medal bouts do not count toward the team totals. The individual semifinals have begun in French Field House and the gold medal bouts will be fenced in St. John Arena at approximately 2 p.m.

Horanyi and Momtselidze have qualified for the medal round and are now fencing. Should they win their semifinal bout, they will fence for the gold medal in St. John Arena.

The team and men’s individual trophies will be presented in St. John Arena following the gold medal bouts at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday.

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