Feb. 7, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Men’s sabre veteran Max Stearns has been named the national fencer of the week for Jan. 28- Feb. 3, 2013 by after a strong performance at the Northwestern Duals Feb. 2.

At Northwestern, the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native battled to win 19 of 21 total bouts. He swept all opponents from Cal Tech, North Carolina, UC-San Diego, Princeton, and most notably, rival Notre Dame.

Stearns recorded only two losses on the tournament. In round four, he lost one bout to Wayne State’s Nick Silantyev and in round eight, he gave up one to Cam Lindsay, a sophomore from Stanford. Both Silantyev and Lindsay also competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships where Stearns reached the semifinals and was a powerful component of the Buckeyes’ national championship title.

As the only natural men’s sabre fencer on the active roster, Stearns also played a part in guiding teammates Andrew McDonald and Bill Meyer throughout the tournament. The two former foilists pulled out wins against both Notre Dame and Princeton. McDonald defeated Kevin Hassett, an All-American fencer for the Fighting Irish while Meyer battled to a win over Robert Stone, a 2012 NCAA Championship returner from Princeton.

Stearns will return to the strips to compete in the U.S. Squad Championships being held in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 24.