Jan. 15, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A total of 13 Buckeyes placed in the Top 20 as the North American Cup, one of the nation's elite fencing tournaments with nearly 3,000 participants, which wrapped up Monday after four days of competition at the Columbus Convention Center. The event served as Ohio State's final tune-up before entering the collegiate portion of its schedule, which begins next weekend at the Notre Dame Duals.
The North American Cup (NAC) is the title of a series of national tournaments held throughout the country each year and serves as the point system used for determining spots on U.S. national teams. The Buckeyes aim to not only have several of their own on various national teams, but have collegiate team success and a possible sixth-consecutive Top 4 finish at the national championships in March.
Best among current Buckeyes this weekend was sophomore Mikhail Momtselidze (Overland Park, Mo.), who placed second in men's sabre, marking his highest finish in NAC competition. Junior Alexandra Obrazcova (Daugavpils, Latvia) tied for third in women's epee, also her best finish at the NAC. Sophomore Andras Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) also notched a Top 10 finish for the Buckeyes, placing ninth in men's foil.
Four-time All-American Hanna Thompson (2002-05), now a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes, won her second-consecutive NAC competition in women's foil. Three other former OSU All-Americans and current volunteer assistant coaches also had Top 5 finishes, including three-time NCAA champion Boaz Ellis (2004-06), who tied for third in men's foil, three-time All-American Denis Tolkachev (2004-06), who placed fifth in men's epee and three-time NCAA champion Adam Crompton (2003-06), who placed fifth in men's sabre.
Ohio State's two standout women's sabre fencers both had good competitions as junior Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.) placed 13th and junior Siobhan Byrne (Eislingen, Germany) took 14th. Former Buckeye Louise Bond-Williams (2002-4) joined them in the Top 20, placing 18th.
Senior Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.) took 11th in men's epee, senior Jason Paul (Los Angeles, Calif.) took 18th in men's sabre and freshman Julia Tikhonova (Jerusalem, Israel) placed 20th in women's foil to round out the Buckeyes' Top 20 finishers.
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