Ohio State Fencing Travels to New York University Duals

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Jan. 19, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing squad travels to the New York University Duals at the Cole Sports Center in New York, N.Y., Saturday and Sunday. The Buckeyes will take on opponents from Columbia, New York, Northwestern, Notre Dame, St. John's, Wayne State and Yale.

This will be the first collegiate competition for the Buckeyes and the first of three consecutive collegiate meets in the approaching weeks. This season Ohio State has competed in three North American Cup competitions, including the Junior NAC Nov. 11-14 in Albuquerque N.M., the Division I NAC Dec. 9-12 in Pittsburg, Pa. and the Division I NAC Jan. 13-16 in Houston, Texas.

In the upcoming weeks, Ohio State will travel to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the Notre Dame Duals Jan. 28-29 before hosting the Ohio State Duals Feb. 4-5.

At the NAC in Pittsburg Dec. 9-12, all four of the men's saber fencers placed in the top 20, with senior Jason Rogers finishing second. Senior Adam Crompton placed fifth, freshman Mike Momtselidze placed 13th and junior Jason Paul placed 19th. In the men's foil competition, junior Boaz Ellis finished No. 6 and freshman Andras Horanyi took No. 7. Junior Denis Tolkachev placed 13th in men's epee. Sophomore Siobhan Byrne had the highest finish for the women's squad, as she placed 15th in the saber. Also in saber, sophomore Eileen Grench finished 22nd and sophomore Amelia Gaillard finished 24th. In women's epee, junior Kaela Brendler placed 25th.

At the NAC in Houston Jan. 21-22, Rogers finished sixth in the men's saber, followed by Momtselidze at seventh and Paul at 23rd. In the men's foil competition, Ellis and Horanyi tied for second. Tolkachev finished second in the men's epee, followed by Rivera, who tied for third. In the women's saber competition, Byrne finished 15th, followed by Grench at No. 22 and junior Syvenna Siebert at No. 30.

Columbia University also competed in the NAC in Houston and had two top-ten finishes in the men's saber competition, with junior James Williams taking first-place and junior Alex Krul taking 10th. The women had two top-ten and three top-twenty finishes in the women's saber competition.

New York competed at the Penn State Invitational on December 3, with the men's team posting wins against North Carolina and losses against Rutgers, Penn State, Princeton and Harvard. The women's team beat North Carolina and Rutgers and lost to Princeton, Penn State and Harvard.

Northwestern's most recent competition was the NAC in Houston. Their highest finish came from freshman Sam Nemecek, who took second place in the junior women's foil competition.

At the Northwestern Duals on November 19, 2005, both the Notre Dame men's and women's squads went 6-0.

St. John's University went 5-0 in the men's and the women's competitions at the Brandeis Invitational on December 7, 2005, defeating Brandeis, Boston College, Yale, MIT, and Brown University.

Wayne State University hosted the 2005 Istvan Danosi/Michigan Open Dec. 3. First place finishes included Bobby Smith in men's saber; Marek Petraszek in men's epee; Kasia Kuzniak in women's saber; Lindsay Howard in women's foil and Anna Garina in women's epee.

At the Brandeis Invitational Dec. 7, 2005, the Yale University men's team beat MIT and Boston College for their first two wins of the season. The women's team beat MIT, Boston College, and Brandeis

After finishing among the top four in the nation for the past four years, including a second place finish in 2005 and a 2004 national championship, the Buckeyes will seek another title at the 2006 NCAA Championships March 16-19 in Houston, Texas. Ohio State has a total of 23 fencers returning from last year's team (13 men, 10 women), including eight of ten All-Americans.

"We have reached a level with our program that we should be in the Top 5 in the nation every year," head coach Vladimir Nazlymov said. "Our goal is to have an Olympic-level program. We have the talent to be that if our kids are mentally tough, work hard and are disciplined." Nazlymov is in his seventh year with the Buckeyes and has a combined record of 229-70 at Ohio State.

Last season Ohio State competed against Columbia, New York, Notre Dame and Stanford Jan. 25 at the New York University Duals at the Coles Sports Center in New York, N.Y. Both the men's and women's squads defeated all four teams to remain undefeated on the season.

The Buckeyes currently have 14 fencers appearing in the latest national rankings from US Fencing, including seven in the Top 10. Rogers is now the nation's No. 1 senior division men's saber fencer. Joining him in the Top 10 from the men's squad is Crompton at No. 4 in saber; Momtselidze at No. 7 in saber; Horanyi at No. 4 in the foil and junior Christian Rivera at No. 8 in epee. Also appearing in the rankings is junior Jason Paul at No. 28 in saber; Dimitri Kirk-Gordon at No. 26 in foil and sophomore William Jeter at No. 35 in foil.

From the women's saber squad, Gaillard is ranked No. 8 and Grench is ranked No. 10. Other Buckeye women ranked include Siebert at No. 26 in saber; freshman Allison Rush at No. 33 in foil; freshman Elizabeth Knauer at No. 35 in saber and Brendler at No. 40 (tie) in epee.

After falling to rival Notre Dame in the 2005 NCAA Championship in Houston, Texas, the Buckeyes finished the season second in the NCAA with an overall record of 44-2. Leading up to the NCCA Championship, freshman Jeter placed first in the men's foil competition and freshman Gaillard placed first in the women's saber competition at the Midwest Region Qualifier on March 6, 2005. Ellis, Tolkachev and Byrne were named First-Team All-Americans, while Crompton, Rogers, Brendler, Gaillard and Hanna Thompson were named Second-Team All-Americans. Honorable Mention All-Americans were given to Rivera and Metta Thompson.