COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team moved up a spot to sixth off the strength of the first four rounds of the men’s tournament Saturday evening. The Buckeyes entered the day at No. 6 in the team competition following the women’s events Thursday and Friday.
The Buckeyes passed Columbia to take sixth, supported by a strong showing from the men’s foil duo of Ben Parkins and Colin Sutter. Parkins sits in sixth place in the category after collecting nine wins. Sutter is currently 16th with six wins.
Freshman Bryan Cheney leads the Buckeyes in men’s sabre with seven wins, good for 12th place. Teammate Max Stearns is five spots back at 17th. The sophomore has five wins through the first four rounds.
Igor Tolkachev, who sits in 13th, leads the men’s epee twosome with seven wins. Freshman Marco Canevari has four wins through the first half of the competition, finishing in 23rd place.
The Scarlet and Gray (102) is six points behind fifth-place Princeton (108). The Buckeyes have finished in the Top 5 at the NCAA Tournament each of the past seven seasons.
St. John’s retained their lead from Friday (152 points), followed by Penn State (150) and Notre Dame (148).
The men continue action Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for the final three rounds, followed by the men’s gold medal bouts.