COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team currently stands in a tie for fourth place with Harvard following the first four rounds of men’s competition at the 2011 NCAA Championships, hosted by the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.

The Scarlet and Gray picked up 39 points Thursday, while Notre Dame leads with 61. Penn State and St. John’s follow in second and third with 53 and 40 points, respectively.

“The team is performing well, but it is taking too many risks,” Vladimir Nazylmov. Ohio State head coach, said following the conclusion of action Thursday. “There have been too many tactical mistakes at the end of bouts, but we’re learning and the experience here is good.”

Rounds five through seven of men’s competition continue Friday at 9:30 a.m. inside French Field House, followed by semifinal and championship bouts for each category. Championship bouts are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena. Women’s competition begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Women’s championship bouts take place Sunday at 2 p.m. inside St. John Arena. Live stats can be followed at and live video can be found at

Ohio State excelled in men’s epee through the first four rounds, leading all teams in the competition with 18 points. Sophomore Marco Canevari finished a single win behind category leaders Marat Israelian of St. John’s and Jonathan Yergler of Princeton, who each have 11 victories, with 10 wins and a +6 indicator. The Milano, Italy, native scored a victory over Israelian in the first round, 5-3, and has yet to face Yergler.

“Epee is strong for us this year,” Nazylmov said of the duo of Tolkachev and Canevari. “They both have experience at the NCAA championships and it shows.”

Teammate Igor Tolkachev joins Canevari in the Top 10 at seventh. Tolkachev notched eight victories in the first four rounds and finished with a +7 indicator.

Freshman sabreist Rhys Douglas claimed a Top 5 finish Thursday, coming in at fifth with 10 wins and a +15 indicator, edging Notre Dame’s Barron Nydam by a +2 margin. Three of Douglas’ four losses have come against fencers in the top four of the standings. Sophomore Michael Douville picked up three wins for the Buckeyes.

Zain Shaito finished with seven victories Thursday, good for 11th place. Teammate Samuel Hardwicke-Brown notched a single win on the day, defeating Shaito in the first round.

2011 NCAA Championships
Columbus, Ohio
March 24-27

Team Standings

1. Notre Dame 61
2. Penn State 53
3. St. John’s 40
4. Harvard 39
4. Ohio State 39

Individuals Standings
Men’s Epee
4. Marco Canevari
7. Igor Tolkachev


Men’s Sabre
5. Rhys Douglas
23. Michael Douville

Men’s Foil
11. Zain Shaito
24. Samuel Hardwicke-Brown