Ohio State Victorious at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
Ohio State earns a Top 3 finish in every event at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State fencing team finished in first place at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championship, hosted by Northwestern this Saturday. The Buckeyes ended the day with a total score of 1,580, finishing in the Top 3 in every weapon class.
Ohio State was ranked in the Top 3 of each 16-team bracket at the beginning of competition. The final round ended at five victories, while the other rounds went the customary nine bouts.
For the men’s squad, the Buckeyes garnered gold in foil and epee, while taking bronze in sabre. The foil unit of Chris Colley, Maximilian Chastanet and Stanislov Sudilovsky swept Lawrence in the championship round to grab victory, 5-0. The epee contingent of Matt Bogard, Bill Meyer and Ryan Tomlinson defeated Northwestern, 5-1, to obtain first place.
The men’s sabre unit fell in a close battle to the eventual champion Lawrence, 5-4, in the semifinal round. The Buckeye saberists then faced off against Michigan State for a sweep to earn the No. 3 spot. Overall, the men’s squad contributed 785 points to the team score.
The women’s squad took gold in foil and sabre, while bringing home a silver medal in epee for the Scarlet and Gray. Both gold medals were earned through close battles with Northwestern, with scores of 5-2 in foil and 5-4 in sabre. The foil unit for the final round consisted of Eleanor Harvey, Nina Stackhouse, and Alanna Goldie, while Alexa Antipas, Kimberly Young and Celina Merza comprised the sabre unit.
The women’s epee unit dropped a 5-4 final round to Northwestern to earn the silver medal. The women’s squad contributed a score of 795 to the final team score.
The Scarlet and Gray ended the day with a final score of 1,580, 145 points ahead of runner up Northwestern. The Buckeyes were the only team competing that claimed hardware in each event.
The Buckeyes return to competition on Feb. 27 for the Division 1 Championships in Reno, Calif., before heading back to Evanston, Ill., for the NCAA Midwest Regional on March 7. Ohio State will host the NCAA Fencing Championships for the second-consecutive year on March 19 to March 22.
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