Buckeyes Prepare for Weekend Competition in New York

 

Jan. 22, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team will begin 2016’s season of collegiate competition in New York with the annual St. John’s Invitational Cup on Saturday and St. John’s/NYU Invitational Cup on Sunday. The Buckeyes will face off against several elite fencing programs over the weekend, including five of CollegeFencing360.com’s top-10 ranked teams from the first Coaches Poll of the 2015-2016 season. Competition on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. while competition on Sunday will begin at 9 a.m.

Six schools will participate in the St. John’s Invitational Cup - Ohio State, St. John’s, Harvard, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Columbia. New York University, Wayne State, and Yale will compete with the other six teams on Sunday in the St. John’s/NYU Invitational Cup.

The schedule for both events can be found below.

A YEAR AGO
Last year, the Buckeyes had a strong performance at both the St. John’s Invitational Cup and the NYU Invitational Cup. Men’s epeeists Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger and Matt Bogard both defeated 2014 NCAA Champion Yegeniy Karuchenko from St. John’s University. Women’s foilist Eleanor Harvey also upset 2014 NCAA Champion and 2012 Olympic fifth place finisher Lee Kiefer of Notre Dame, 5-4.

The team combined for a 6-3 record at the NYU Invitational Cup, defeating New York University, Columbia University, and Yale University on the men’s side. The women’s squad bested New York University, St. John’s University, and Yale University.

UP NEXT
Following the two days of competition in New York, N.Y., the Buckeyes will return to the strips in Evanston, Ill. for Northwestern Duals on Feb. 30.

St. John’s Invitational Cup competition schedule (Taffner Field House - Saturday, Jan. 23):

Time Strip 1-5 Strip 6-10 Strip 11-15
10:00 a.m. SJU vs. Columbia Notre Dame vs. Ohio State Harvard vs. Penn State
11:15 a.m. SJU vs. Ohio State Penn State vs. Notre Dame Columbia vs. Harvard
12:30 p.m. SJU vs. Penn State Harvard vs. Notre Dame Columbia vs. Ohio State
1:45 p.m. LUNCH
2:15 p.m. SJU vs. Notre Dame Penn State vs. Columbia Harvard vs. Ohio State
3:30 p.m. SJU vs. Harvard Penn State vs. Ohio State Columbia vs. Notre Dame

St. John’s/NYU Invitational Cup competition schedule (Taffner Field House - Sunday, Jan. 24):
Time Strip 1-5 Strip 6-10 Strip 11-15
9:00 a.m. SJU vs. Wayne State Notre Dame vs. Yale NYU vs. Ohio State
10:15 a.m. SJU vs. Ohio State Columbia vs. Notre Dame NYU vs. Wayne State
11:30 a.m. SJU vs. NYU Columbia vs. Ohio State Yale vs. Wayne State
12:45 p.m. LUNCH
1:30 p.m. SJU vs. Notre Dame Columbia vs. Wayne State NYU vs. Yale
2:45 p.m. SJU vs. Columbia Yale vs. Ohio State NYU vs. Notre Dame
4:00 p.m. NYU vs. Columbia Notre Dame vs. Ohio State