Domenik Koch


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Dormagen, Germany
  • Last School Bettina von Arnim

Career Highlights

  • Four-time All-American, with two first team honors; eighth Buckeye men’s fencer to be a four-time All-American
  • Three Top 10 finishes at NCAAs, including third place in both 2018 and ’19
  • Four-time NCAA qualifier
  • Earned bachelor’s degree in finance in Spring 2019 and master’s in business-finance in Spring 2020
  • Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-time B1G Distinguished Scholar
  • In His Own Words: Article following cancellation of 2020 season

Senior Season (2019-20)

  • Second Team All-American
  • Second Team Midwest All-Region
  • NCAA qualifier
  • Tied for third at MFC Championships
  • First Team All-MFC selection
  • Placed third at NCAA Regionals
  • Team’s sabre captain
  • 37-13 during the regular season, including 14-5 mark at Penn State Open
  • Earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades

Junior Season (2018-19)

  • Third (tied) at NCAA Championships
  • First Team All-American
  • Placed second at NCAA Regionals
  • Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors and named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

Sophomore Season (2017-2018)

  • Finished tied for third at NCAA Championships
  • Earned First Team All-America accolades
  • Won NCAA Regionals
  • Tied for third at the OSU Open
  • Competed at the Elite Invitational Duals and earned 11 victories for the Buckeyes
  • Finished 8-4 at the St. John Invitational
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree

Freshman Season

  • Placed 10th at NCAA Championships
  • Third Team All-American
  • NCAA team Runner-up
  • Finished in seventh at NCAA Midwest Regional to qualify for first NCAA Championships
  • Went undefeated at OSU Duals, contributing four wins to the sabre effort
  • Earned 10 wins at St. John’s Invitational
  • Picked up six wins at Wayne State Duals
  • Earned 20 victories in 25 matches during regular season competition
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Fenced for TSV Bayer Dormagen for 11 years
  • Bronze medal at 2012 World Championships U17
  • 2015 team European Champion U20


  • Son of Karl Koch
  • Has two siblings, Frederik and Lara
  • Brother, Frederik, fenced for Ohio State in sabre
  • Goal is to attend the Olympic Games in 2020
  • Hobbies include watching movies and playing soccer
  • Greatest sports thrill was winning the European Championships in 2015