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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Fencing travels to New York this weekend for its first collegiate competition of the year. Facing five of the most talented teams in college fencing, the team looks to improve on last year’s 5-5 finish. Bouts will start at 10 a.m. at the Taffner Field House in Queens, N.Y.
Ohio State will fence Penn State, St. John’s, Columbia, Harvard, and Notre Dame, all of which finished last season’s NCAA Championships in the top-10.
LAST TIME OUT
Highlighting last year’s performance for the Buckeyes was a 14-13 upset by the No. 2 men’s squad over reigning national champion Columbia. The men defeated St. John’s and Harvard, but dropped two duals to Penn State and Notre Dame. The men have faced Notre Dame already this season with a 15-12 victory at the Elite Invitational Duals.
The women’s squad ended the day with a 66-69 bout-record, defeating No. 10 St. John’s and No. 7 Harvard. Scoring a team high for the day was the foil unit, finishing with a 33-12 record. After dropping a heartbreaking 14-13 dual to then-ranked No. 1 Columbia, the No. 5 women look to take advantage of the opportunity for redemption.
Ohio State journeys to South Bend, Ind. for the Northwestern Duals on Feb. 3-4 and are back on home strips for the Midwest Fencing Championships on Feb. 24-25.