Matthew Comes


Player profile

  • Year Fifth Year
  • Hometown Bothell, Wash.
  • Last School Bothell High School

Ohio State Career

  • Three-time Second Team All-MFC
  • Two Top 6 NCAA Regional finishes
  • Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, along with earning B1G Distinguished Scholar accolades in 2020 and ’21 and USFCA All-Academic team accolades in 2021

Senior Season (2020-21)

  • Won gold in Division 1 National Championships in July
  • 10-11 on the year
  • Three wins against Notre Dame
  • Was 5-0 at OSU Duals
  • Part of epee squad that won CCFC co-championship and the CCFC men’s team champion
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and USFCA All-Academic Team

Junior Season (2019-20)

  • Placed third at NCAA Regionals
  • Second Team Midwest All-Region honoree
  • Second Team All-MFC honoree
  • Finished fifth at MFC Championships
  • Runner-up at OSU Open and placed fifth at PSU Open
  • 63-18 record during the regular season
  • Undefeated (12-0) at OSU Open and was 14-3 at PSU Open
  • Posted 10 wins at both Northwestern and Wayne State duals
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

Sophomore Season (2018-19)

  • Finished sixth at NCAA Regionals
  • Second Team All-MFC
  • Fifth at MFC Championships
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection

Freshman Season (2017-18)

  • Seventh-place finish at MFC Championships
  • Second Team All-MFC selection
  • Tied for third at OSU Open
  • Won nine of 10 bouts at OSU Duals
  • Competed at the Elite Invitational Duals
  • Won five of six bouts at Northwestern Duals
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Was 2014 Division III National Champion at Washington Fencing Academy
  • Champion at Division 1A national championship event in 2018
  • Won 2019 January NAC men’s epee team event with Ohio State teammates Kaiden Crotchett, Jack Bradford and William Gaziano
  • Trained with Kaizen Academy


  • Son of John and Dr. Susan Comes
  • Has a younger sister, Emily
  • Mechanical engineering major
  • Plans to attend graduate school at University of Washington to pursue a master’s degree in environmental engineering
  • Hobbies include playing the trumpet (can hit a double C), swimming and competitively sharpening pencils
  • Started fencing at a YMCA camp; was taught by Kevin Mar, who later became his coach