COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men wrapped up three rounds of competition at the 2022 NCAA Fencing Championships Saturday in South Bend, Ind. As a team, the Buckeyes are in fifth place, and four Buckeye men are in the Top 15.
At the NCAA Championships, fencers compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After round-robin, the Top 4 finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with winners fencing to determine first and second places and non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.
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Day One (Rounds 1-3)
The Buckeyes ended the day in fifth place as a team with 123 wins, behind Notre Dame (155), Columbia/Barnard (138), Harvard (137) and Princeton (134). Men’s and women’s totals are combined to determine team finishes.
The epee duo of Gabriel Feinberg and Bence Bende led the men on their first day of competition. Feinberg stands in fourth place after going 11-4, with a +22 indicator to rank third among the epee fencers. He started the day 6-1 in round 1, with a +16 indicator, and continued his hot streak with a 3-1 mark in round two (+8). Bende is in eighth through three rounds. He was 9-6 Saturday and has a +9 indicator.
In foil, Diego Cervantes is 14th and Edriss Ndiaye is 20th. Cervantes won eight bouts on the day (-2 indicator), with Ndiaye posting five victories (-15).
Nolan Williams stands in 15th and Roscoe Swartz is 19th in saber. Williams had seven wins on the day (-3), including a 4-0 mark in round two, and Swartz posted five victories (-23).
Swartz was the only Buckeye of the six men who had previous NCAA championship experience entering the 2022 event.
All three weapons will start competition at 9 a.m., with two rounds remaining. Semifinal and championship bouts are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. The six semifinal bouts will be fenced on one strip, sequentially in order of epee, foil, sabre. Finals bouts will follow after semifinals, in the same order.
Final team standings are determined by combining men’s and women’s results. An institution’s place finish in the championships is based on points earned by each individual. A team is awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes during round-robin competition.