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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
6-Emma Von Dadelszen
11-De Yang Ong
For a complete list of results visit the MFC webpage.
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