February 23, 2019

Ohio State Earns Five MFC Individual Titles At First Day of Conference Championships

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State ends its first day of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships on a high note, walking away with five individual weapon titles and a total of 14 medals.

WOMEN’S EPEE

Ohio State’s Alexanne Verret clinched the first-place finish for the Buckeyes, avenging her second-place finish at last year’s event. Senior Emma Von Dadelszen placed sixth, defeating No. 2 Northwestern’s Adelle Berdichevsky. Eva Petronchak, Natalia Falkowski, Jessica Thow and Gabriella Leccesse all placed in the top 20.

WOMEN’S FOIL

In the final round of the day, Buckeyes Camilla Rivano and Gabriela Cecchini went head-to-head in a close championship bout. Rivano came out on top with her second conference title win in as many years. In her second MFC appearance, Cecchini improved from her previous fifth-place finish. Alexa Laskaris finished the day sixth overall.

WOMEN’S SABRE

Sarah Merza picked up her second consecutive championship title in the first day of competition. Aleksandra Kolmykova finished her second MFC Championship tied for third. Stephanie Miller and Joanne Chen ended the day in the top 20.

MEN’S EPEE

The Buckeye men’s squad unit had a strong showing in this category with six fencers placing in the top eight. Oliver Shindler earned a team-high silver medal finish, falling in the championship bout to Wayne State’s Ahmed Elsayed. Sophomore Jack Bradford and freshman Henry Lange tied for third. Matthew Comes, John Culpepper and Kaiden Crotchett finished sixth, seventh and eighth for the Buckeyes.

MEN’S FOIL

The men’s foil unit dominated the podium, with Nathan Wriedt, Leon Cao and James Hu finishing in first, second and third-place, respectively. William Gaziano and Jacob Gordon placed in the top 10. Junior Liam Smith rounded out the top 20 for men’s foil.

MEN’S SABRE

The sabre unit secured six out of the top 10 spots. Benjamin Marcus earned his first conference title, defeating fellow Buckeye Roscoe Swartz, who earned silver. Hudson Santana and Matthew Hayes tied for the third-place finish. Frank Ditullio and Shanvanth Arnipalli both clinched top 10 finishes for Ohio State.

MFC TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Buckeyes will compete in the team competition tomorrow, Feb. 24 for the MFC Championship title.

Ohio State earned their fifth straight championship title last year. The Buckeyes secured four unit titles and a squad victory, picking up their 13th conference championship in program history.

 

Midwest Fencing Conference Championships

Feb. 23, 2019

French Field House – Columbus, Ohio

WOMEN’S EPEE

1-Alexanne Verret
6-Emma Von Dadelszen
10-Eva Petronchak
11-Natalia Falkowski
15-Jessica Thow
18-Gabriella Leccese

WOMEN’S FOIL

1-Camilla Rivano
2-Gabriela Cecchini
7-Alexa Laskaris

WOMEN’S SABRE

1-Sarah Merza
3T-Aleksandra Kolmykova
8-Nicole Fisher
9-Stephanie Miller
19-Joanne Chen
26-Ariel Gluck

MEN’S EPEE

2-Oliver Shindler
3T-Jack Bradford
3T-Henry Lange
5-Matthew Comes
6-John Culpepper
7-Kaiden Crotchett
11-Ethan Edwards
14T-Jax Diaz-Miranda
28-Ahmed Al-Tayeb 

MEN’S FOIL

1-Nathan Wriedt
2-Leon Cao
3T-James Hu
6-William Gaziano
10-Jacob Gordon
20-Liam Smith

MEN’S SABRE  

1-Benjamin Marcus
2-Roscoe Swartz
3T-Hudson Santana
3T-Matthew Hayes
5-Frank Ditullio
9-Shanvanth Arnipalli
11-De Yang Ong

 

For a complete list of results visit the MFC webpage.

 

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