Outstanding student-athletes will be honored at 46th annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner
Buckeyes end day two of competition in fifth place
Shaito and Stearns lead the Buckeyes with 65 touches apiece
Buckeyes send 11 fencers to NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
Buckeyes will defend 2012 crown in San Antonio, March 21-24
2012-13 (Senior Season): Notched a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championship to earn Second Team All-American honors ... finished second at the Midwest Regional and tied for sixth at the Midwest Conference Championships (Second Team All-Midwest Conference) ... returned to the U.S. Squad Championships as a key player on the gold-winning men's epee squad ... totaled 24 regular season wins, the third highest in his weapon category ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2011-12 (Junior Season): A solid contributor in men's epee, picking up 13 regular-season wins, including a season-best 9-1 record at the Northwestern Duals Feb. 4 ... earned first at the Midwest Fencing Conference championships for the second-consecutive season ... one of four Buckeye epeeists to finish in the Top 5 at the Midwest Regional, taking fifth ... placed ninth at Penn State's Garret Open ... member of the bronze-winning Buckeye squad at the 2012 United States Collegiate Squad Championships in New York ... OSU Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2010-11 (Sophomore Season): Posted a 15-5 (0.75) record, including a season-high six-win effort at Northwestern Duals ... took gold at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships ... placed eighth at Midwest Regional Qualifier ... took 17th at Penn State's Garret Open ... finished 24th and 31st at Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas, North American Cups, respectively ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2009- 2010 (Freshman Season):Finished 15th at the Garret Open in University Park, Pa ... placed 103rd at the North American Cup event in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... took 56th at the San Jose, Calif., NAC ... picked up 10 wins at the NYU Duals and added one more at the St. John's Duals ... tied with teammate Igor Tolkachev for third at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, earning first-team All-MWC honors ... ended the season placing sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier.
Personal: Son of Darcy and Richard Tafoya ... has two siblings, Sara and Stephen ... hopes to start a business after graduation ... enjoys playing guitar and hanging out.