Leon Cao


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown West Chester, Ohio
  • Last School Lakota West High School

Ohio State Career

  • Two-time All-MFC (First Team ’19, Honorable Mention ’20)
  • Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, as well as a 2020 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

Senior Season (2019-20)

  • Placed 12th at MFC Championships
  • Honorable Mention All-MFC
  • Eighth-place finish at NCAA Regionals
  • Finished 20th at Penn State Open
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar with a 4.0 for the 2019-20 school year

Junior Season (2018-19)

  • Finished 24th at NCAA Championships
  • Fourth at NCAA Regionals
  • MFC Championships runner-up
  • First Team All-MFC
  • OSU Open champion and was 15-0 at OSU Duals
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten

Sophomore Season (2017-18)

  • Finished 15th at MFC Championships
  • Competed at the OSU Open
  • Went 16-2 at OSU Duals
  • Earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors

Freshman Season (2016-17)

  • Placed seventh at MFC Championships
  • Claimed second place at OSU Open
  • 3-0 record at OSU Duals
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades

Prior to Ohio State

  • Fenced with Salle Du Lion Fencing Club and Queen City Fencing Club for six years
  • Competed at Junior Olympics and North American Cups


  • Son of Yu Wang and Lei Cao
  • Has one brother, Kenneth
  • Hobbies include piano, saxophone, soccer and cooking
  • Ohio State Intramural Sand Volleyball Champion
  • Earned degree in electrical and computer engineering in Spring 2020
  • Plans to pursue a law degree
  • Greatest sports thrill is coming back from a 6-12 deficit to win the bout, 15-13
  • Fun Fact: was a conductor in his high school marching band, which marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade