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QUEENS, N.Y. – After a day of elite fencing, the Buckeyes end the St. John’s Invitational 3-5. The women’s squad finished with two wins and the men took home one.
Ohio State finished with a team bout record of 104-112 after facing four of the top ten teams in the country.
The women started the day off strong with a 14-13 win over No. 3 Penn State. Both the sabre and foil units defeated the Nittany Lions 6-3. Foilist Gabriela Cecchini went undefeated in her three bouts. Maddalena Bosetti (sabre) and Camilla Rivano (foil) made their Scarlett and Gray debut and both finished the round 2-1.
The men’s team fell to No. 4 Penn State 11-16. The epee unit, manned by Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, Oliver Shindler, and Lewis Weiss, was able to defeat the Nittany Lions with each fencer earning a 2-1 record.
Again, the women came out on top, defeating St. John’s 15-12. In dominating fashion, both Cecchini and Rivano beat each of their opponents and finished the round 3-0.
St. John’s was able to best the Buckeye men, taking the round 16-11. The sabre unit, made up of Hector Florencia, Frederik Koch, and Domenik Koch, topped St. John 5-4. The Koch brothers went 2-1 and Florencia finished 1-2 for the round.
The men picked up their sole victory of the day over No. 3 Columbia 18-9. Both the epee and sabre units came out on top. Both Frederik Koch and Domenik Koch went 3-0 in their bouts to help the sabre unit to an 8-1 victory. Manned by Blais Belanger, Weiss, and Jack Bradford, the epee unit took a 6-3 victory and each fencer won two of their three bouts.
The women dropped their first dual of the day to No. 2 Columbia 9-18.
Both the men’s and women’s squads were outlasted in the final round of the day to Harvard 14-13. The men’s epee unit finished the day 3-1 and Weiss ended the day 3-0 against the Crimson. Bosetti and Sarah Merza of the sabre unit as well as foilist Alexa Laskaris went undefeated in the last round.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Buckeyes continue dual competition in South Bend, Ind. Feb. 3-4 at the Northwestern Duals.