CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team wrapped up day two at the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships with a national championship in men’s epee for senior Oliver Shindler, marking the first NCAA title for head coach Donald Anthony. The No. 7 Buckeye men’s squad ended the competition fifth overall with a total of 69 victories over their opponents. The Buckeyes placed a mere three points behind the fourth-place finisher, Harvard.
The men’s squad had two appearances in the semifinal and final rounds. Three-time NCAA veteran Domenik Koch took home bronze in sabre and Oliver Shindler took home the gold. This was Shindler’s first time on NCAA strips.
NCAA Men’s Epee Champion
Oliver Shindler took home the gold in his last competition as a Buckeye. Shindler defeated Alexander Sless of University of Incarnate Word, 15-13, in the semi-finals and secured the gold with an 11-9 victory over Columbia’s Teddy Lombardo. Over the course of the tournament, Shindler had 18 victories and only five loses, the most out of all competitor’s present. This is the Scarlet and Gray’s second straight NCAA men’s epee national title, with Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger earning gold in the previous year.
Sophomore and first time NCAA qualifier Jack Bradford finished 17th on the day. He ended the competition with ten victories. Senior Oliver Shindler took home the gold for the Buckeyes. He was victorious in 18 of his 23 bouts with a +20 indicator. The epee unit ended the men’s competition with a total of 28 wins.
The foil unit earned a total of 13 points at the conclusion of the men’s competition. Nathan Wriedt finished 14th overall, securing 10 victories for the foil unit. True Freshman Leon Cao contributed three wins, placing 24th in his first NCAA competition.
The sabre unit also earned a total of 28 points throughout the competition. Junior Domenik Koch returned to the NCAA Championships for the third time as a Buckeye. Koch secured 19 victories with a +46 indicator. Koch edged out 21 other sabre fencers walking away with a third-place finish.
QUOTES FROM COACH DONALD ANTHONY AND OLIVER SHINDLER
Senior Oliver Shindler
On winning the 2019 NCAA men’s epee title
“I can’t even put it into words. This win means more than anything. It is all I wanted to do since my freshman year. Given the chance this year, I worked extremely hard and did what I had to do to get the gold.”
On preparing for the NCAA Championships
“Kasia (Head Epee Coach) and I worked together all year. She and I were on the same page from the start and she was aware of my goals. We didn’t even need to talk during my lessons, we just understood each other. It was all a fluid motion and we just kept building, building and building and that’s what got us here.”
On the support from Buckeye Nation
“Don’t stop believing and if anyone says you can’t do it, you can do it.”
Head coach Donald Anthony
On how it feels to have an athlete win a national title
“Amazing. It’s highly emotional because I’ve watched Oliver work all season. From even before I met him, he was calling me in the summer about what he wanted to accomplish this season and he did it. It is a great feeling.”
On his first season and how Shindler’s win sets the stage for future seasons
“It is a good start for sure. It is a really good segue from winning a national title in men’s epee last year and again this year. It really speaks to the strength of the program and I am very honored to be at the lead of that right now.”
The women will begin fencing at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow with rounds 1-3. They will wrap up competition on Sunday, with semifinal and championship bouts starting at 1:00 p.m.
Live results will be available for viewers by clicking on the link listed above. Additionally, the semifinals and finals will be streamed live on ESPN3 and on the WatchESPN app. Tune into ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. ET on April 3 to watch the NCAA Fencing Championship semifinals, finals and event highlights.
NCAA Fencing Championships
Mar. 22, 2019
Wolstein Center – Cleveland, Ohio
1 Oliver Shindler
17 Jack Bradford
14 Nathan Wriedt
24 Leon Cao
3T Domenik Koch
18 Roscoe Swartz