Buckeyes Host Ohio State Duals Saturday in French Field House

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Feb. 1, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its lone home event of the season, the Buckeye fencing squad will host the Ohio State Duals Saturday in French Field House. The nine-round event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and include a total of 13 teams, including the top-ranked OSU men (13-0) and fourth-ranked OSU women (10-3).

Visiting schools include Purdue, Xavier, Indiana, Detroit-Mercy, Case Western Reserve, Oberlin, Bowling Green, Michigan, Cleveland State, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Each round is scheduled to last 1:15, with the final round beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Round 1 - 7:30 a.m.: Ohio State vs. Purdue; Xavier vs. Indiana; Detroit-Mercy vs. Case Western Reserve; Oberlin vs. Bowling Green, Michigan vs. Cleveland State; (bye: Michigan State, Cincinnati).
Round 2 - 8:45 a.m.: Ohio State vs. Indiana; Michigan vs. Detroit-Mercy; Cleveland State vs. Oberlin; Case Western Reserve vs. Michigan State; Cincinnati vs. Bowling Green; Xavier vs. Purdue.
Round 3 - 10 a.m.: Ohio State vs. Michigan; Detroit-Mercy vs. Xavier; Cincinnati vs. Cleveland State; Michigan State vs. Bowling Green; Indiana vs. Purdue; Case Western Reserve vs. Oberlin.
Round 4 - 11:15 a.m.: Ohio State vs. Xavier; Oberlin vs. Cincinnati; Michigan State vs. Detroit-Mercy; Cleveland State vs. Indiana; Case Western Reserve vs. Michigan; Bowling Green vs. Purdue.
Round 5 - 12:30 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Cleveland State; Michigan vs. Xavier; Case Western Reserve vs. Indiana; Bowling Green vs. Detroit-Mercy; Notre Dame vs. Michigan State; Oberlin vs. Purdue; (bye: Cincinnati).
Round 6 - 1:45 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Detroit-Mercy; Notre Dame vs. Michigan; Cleveland State vs. Xavier; Indiana vs. Oberlin; Case Western Reserve vs. Cincinnati; Michigan State vs. Purdue; (bye: Bowling Green).
Round 7 - 3 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Michigan State; Detroit-Mercy vs. Oberlin; Cleveland State vs. Bowling Green; Xavier vs. Cincinnati; Notre Dame vs. Case Western Reserve; Indiana vs. Michigan; (bye: Purdue).
Round 8 - 4:15 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Case Western Reserve; Cleveland State vs. Detroit-Mercy; Notre Dame vs. Purdue; Michigan State vs. Xavier; Indiana vs. Bowling Green; Michigan vs. Oberlin; (bye: Cincinnati).
Round 9 - 5:30 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Bowling Green; Case Western vs. Xavier; Detroit-Mercy vs. Cincinnati; Michigan vs. Michigan State; Notre Dame vs. Indiana; (bye: Oberlin, Purdue, Cleveland State).

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in the nation on the men's side and No. 4 on the women's side. The OSU men are 13-0 and have defeated the No. 2 ranked team, Notre Dame. The OSU women are 10-3, with those three losses coming to higher ranked teams.

Ohio State has a total of 23 fencers returning from last year's team (13 men, 10 women), including eight of ten All-Americans (Kaela Brendler, Siobhan Byrne, Adam Crompton, Boaz Ellis, Amelia Gaillard, Christian Rivera, Jason Rogers and Denis Tolkachev).

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's men and women both fashioned 8-0 records during the Notre Dame Duals, which concluded last Sunday evening at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse in Notre Dame, Ind.

Against their only ranked opponent of the event, the Buckeye women topped No. 7 Northwestern, 14-13. The OSU women also defeated Lawrence 23-4, Oberlin 26-1, Detroit Mercy 23-4, Cleveland State 23-4, Chicago 27-0, Wayne State 17-10 and Duke 15-12.

The Ohio State men topped Lawrence 27-0, Oberlin 27-0, Detroit Mercy 26-1, Duke 25-2, Cleveland State 27-0, Chicago 26-1, Northwestern 23-4 and Wayne State 21-6.

At NYU's Jerome S. Coles Sports Center in New York City Jan. 21-22, the No. 1 ranked OSU men went 5-0, defeating NYU, No. 6 St. John's University, No. 5 Columbia, Yale and No. 2 Notre Dame. Top individual records for the men included Andras Horanyi (foil) at 14-1, Boaz Ellis (foil) at 13-1, Christian Rivera (epee) and Adam Crompton (sabre) at 12-3 and Jason Rogers (sabre) at 11-4.

The No. 4 women's squad went 2-3, which included a win over No. 8 Yale and losses only to Top-10 ranked opponents. Top individual finishers included Eileen Grench (sabre) and Alexandra Obrazcova (epee) at 12-3, Siobhan Byrne (sabre) at 11-4 and Kaela Brendler (epee) at 10-5.

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.

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