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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes won their sixth consecutive Midwest Fencing Conference Championship title this weekend. Along with overall gold, Ohio State also secured a men’s squad title. The team earned a total of 1,575 points, defeating the second-place finisher, Northwestern by 65 points. This is Ohio State Fencing’s 14th conference championship victory in program history.
No. 9 MEN
The men’s squad swept the team competition, earning the conference championship title. The men finished with 810 points, 110 points ahead of the second-place finisher.
The men’s sabre unit defeated Michigan 5-1 in the final, earning them the gold. Benjamin Marcus and Frank Ditullio both went undefeated against their opponents.
Nathan Wriedt, James Hu, Jacob Gordon and Liam Smith finished with a perfect record on the day for the men’s foil unit. William Gaziano also put points on the board for the Buckeyes, helping to secure the first-place finish. The Buckeyes walked away with the gold after a 5-2 victory over Cleveland State.
The epee unit also secured a win, defeating Wayne State in the final 5-0. They did not drop a single bout in the last match. Oliver Shindler, Matthew Comes, Jack Bradford, Henry Lange, John Culpepper and Ahmed Al-Tayeb won all of their bouts, ending the day undefeated.
No. 8 WOMEN
The women’s squad finished second overall with a total of 765 points, 35 points behind No. 2 Northwestern.
The sabre unit was edged out by Northwestern in the final round, 5-3. Sarah Merza, Stephanie Miller, Nicole Fisher and Aleksandra Kolmykova all contributed points for their unit.
Women’s individual sabre conference champion, Camilla Rivano, went undefeated against her opponents. Gabriela Cecchini, Alexa Laskaris and Natalia Falkowski earned nine wins towards the unit’s total. The sabre unit ultimately fell to No. 2 Northwestern, 5-1, in the finals.
The epee unit also fenced against Northwestern in the final match of the day. Despite the 5-4 fall to their opponent, the epee unit won a total of 19 bouts to secure the silver. Alexanne Verret, only gave up one bout on the day and Emma Von Dadelszen won all but two of her nine total bouts.
The Buckeyes will head to South Bend, Ind. for the NCAA Regional Qualifiers on March 9.
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