COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team wrapped up its 2009-10 campaign with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Tournament in Boston, Mass., this weekend. The Buckeyes came into the final day of competition in sixth, but a collection of strong performances by the men pushed the Buckeyes into familiar territory at No. 4.

The team has now finished in the Top 5 of the event the past eight seasons.

Foilist Ben Parkins and sabreist Bryan Cheney were both a single victory short of reaching the medal rounds at the championships. Both finished fifth in their categories and earned second-team All-America honors.

Colin Sutter, Parkins’ foil teammate, finished 14th with 10 victories. Max Stearns, Cheney’s fellow sabreist, won 11 bouts on a way to a 13th place finish.

In epee, Igor Tolkachev joined Parkins and Cheney with second-team All-America laurels after finishing sixth with 14 victories. Freshman Marco Canevari moved up four spots from Saturday to finish at 19th with nine wins.

In all, the Scarlet and Gray finished with six All-Americans, three women and three men.

The Buckeyes (139 points) moved past Princeton (135) and Harvard (137) in the final standings, edging the Crimson by two points to claim fourth place.

Penn State claimed the title for the second-consecutive year with 191 points, followed by St. John’s (182) in second and Notre Dame (180) in third.

2010 NCAA Championships

5th – Bryan Cheney (sabre)
13th – Max Stearns (sabre)
5th – Ben Parkins (foil)
14th – Colin Sutter (foil)
6th – Igor Tolkachev (epee)
19th – Marco Canevari (epee)

T-3rd – Margarita Tschomakova (sabre)
16th – Alison Miller (sabre)
7th – Oksana Dmytruk (foil)
10th – Allison Henvick (foil)
14th – Julia Tikhonova (epee)