Matthew Hayes


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Dublin, Ohio
  • Last School Dublin Scioto High School

Ohio State Career

  • Received bachelor’s degree in psychology in Spring 2021
  • 2019 First Team All-MFC
  • Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
  • 2020 and ’21 B1G Distinguished Scholar
  • USFCA Scholar of Distinction in 2021

Senior Season (2020-21)

  • Posted 12-11 record
  • Buckeye men won the CCFC title and sabre squad championship
  • USFCA Scholar of Distinction, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten choice and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Junior Season (2019-20)

  • Placed 14th at MFC Championships
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten and B1G Distinguished Scholar

Sophomore Season (2018-19)

  • First Team All-MFC
  • Tied for third at MFC Championships
  • Placed third at OSU Open
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree

Freshman Season (2017-18)

  • Finished 11th at MFC Championships
  • Went undefeated in one round at Northwestern Duals
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection

Prior to Ohio State

  • 2017 Ohio High School State Champion
  • Trained with Columbus Fencing and Fitness


  • Son of Cain and Denis
  • Has one sister, Nena, who attends Spelman College
  • Earned bachelor’s in psychology in Spring 2021; plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology and then a doctorate in psychology
  • Part of College Mentors for Kids
  • Greatest sports thrill was winning his high school championships 15-14 in the final bout
  • Got into fencing in 2011; Was in a program called Jack and Jill, which did community service and fun activities; someone in the group fenced and wanted to introduce it to the rest of the group, bringing them to Ohio State to try it out and he stuck with it ever since