COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team will host its annual OSU Duals event Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7 at the French Field House. Both days kick off at 8 a.m.

Traditionally the event is used by Ohio State coaches to showcase the team’s younger talent, as many of the 16 Buckeye newcomers will make their debut at the event.

You can follow the action here at with recaps following the final bout both days.

This year the duals have been changed to a two-day format while adding an individual tournament. The Buckeyes open the competition against CalTech at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, with bouts against Cleveland State and Johns Hopkins following at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m.

Following the three rounds of team competition, the top eight athletes from each weapon category will compete in an individual tournament from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Sunday is ten rounds of team competition. Ohio State opens with CalTech (8 a.m.) and Cleveland State (9 a.m.) before facing Michigan State (10 a.m.), Michgan (11 a.m.), Indiana (12 p.m.), Iowa (1:30 p.m.), Chicago (2:30 p.m.), Oberlin (3:30 p.m.), Bowling Green (4:30 p.m.) and Case Western Reserve (5:30 p.m.).

Ohio State is aiming for another national championship season after returning eight of the team’s 11 NCAA qualifiers from a season ago: Marco Canevari (epee), Bryan Cheney (sabre), Oksana Dmytruk (foil), Allison Henvick (foil), Alison Miller (sabre), Max Stearns (sabre), Margarita Tschomakova (sabre) and Igor Tolkachev (epee). The Scarlet and Gray also added a robust group of freshman, including Junior World Champion Zain Shaito.

Freshmen Zain Shaito (foil) and Katarzyna Dabrowa (epee) turned in impressive performances in their first collegiate event, both tying for third in their respective events at the North American Cup held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in October.

The group finished with 13 Top 25 finishes, including six Top 10 and two bronze performances.

Other Top 10 finishers include Ongjen Vesic in men’s epee (seventh), Rhys Douglas and Max Stearns in men’s sabre (seventh and eighth, respectively), and Alison Miller in women’s sabre (ninth).

The Buckeyes surged from sixth to fourth in the final day of competition at the 2009-10 NCAA Championships in Boston, Mass., to earn the program’s eighth-consecutive Top 5 finish at the event. The Buckeyes’ 139 points edged Princeton (135) and Harvard (137) for the fourth spot.

The team was led by six All-Americans, three men and three women. Margarita Tschomakova set the pace for the women, finishing tied for third in the sabre category. The foil duo of Oksana Dmytruk and Allison Henvick took 7th and 10th, respectively.

Bryan Cheney turned in a brilliant freshman performance while finishing fifth in sabre. Ben Parkins also finished fifth in foil, while Igor Tolkachev claimed sixth in epee.

Last year the Buckeyes displayed their dominance on the strips, shutting out their competition with a flawless, 17-0 record for the day. The sweep was the seventh in a row for the Scarlet and Gray at their annual event.

The men’s foil squad finished with an unblemished 81-0 record. The men’s sabre team was 68-13, while the men’s epee team was 71-10 and posted shutouts against five schools. Women’s foil was nearly perfect, finishing 71-1. Women’s sabre and epee finished 68-4 and 64-8 respectively.


The OSU Duals
Nov. 6-7
French Field House
Columbus, Ohio