Buckeyes Compete at Midwest Conference Championship

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Feb. 21, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing squad competes Saturday and Sunday at the Midwest Conference Championship in Notre Dame, Ind. Individual competition will be Saturday, while team competition will be Sunday. All events will be held at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.

The Buckeyes are aiming for their third consecutive Midwest Conference title. They won the title in 2004 and 2005, both of which were also held at Notre Dame. So far this season, the men's squad is 22-0 and the women's squad is 19-3.

Ohio State has already faced Notre Dame once this season. At the New York University Duals in New York, New York on Jan. 22, the men beat the Fighting Irish, 17-10.

Last year, Ohio State faced Notre Dame two times before postseason competition. At the New York University Duals in New York, New York, both the men's and the women's squads beat Notre Dame, with the men winning 16-11 and the women 14-13. A week later at the Notre Dame Duals, the men beat the Fighting Irish, 16-11, while the women lost 16-11.

Postseason, the Buckeyes beat Notre Dame at the 2005 Midwest Conference Championship. At the NCAA Championship in Houston, Texas, Notre Dame edged out Ohio State, 173-171.

Last season at the Midwest Conference Championship the Buckeyes placed first overall with 1030 points. The men's squad, which combined for 540 points, took first in all three weapons and topped the second place Fighting Irish by 65 points. The women's squad placed second in the competition, just 10 points behind first place Notre Dame.

On the men's side, junior Jason Paul leads the sabre unit with a record of 40-2. He is followed by seniors Adam Crompton (25-3) and Jason Rogers (16-4). In foil, junior Boaz Ellis and freshman Andras Horanyi lead the Buckeyes, both with a record of 20-1. Junior Christian Rivera leads the epee unit with a record of 35-5.

Sophomores Siobhan Byrne and Eileen Grench lead the women's sabre unit, both with a record of 31-5. In foil, sophomore Ameilia Gaillard leads with a record of 36-4. Alexandra Obrazcova and Kaela Brendler lead the women's epee unit, both with a record of 43-9.

At NYU's Jerome S. Coles Sports Center in New York City Jan. 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.

Ohio State's men and women both fashioned 8-0 records during the Notre Dame Duals, which concluded Jan. 28 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.

Ohio State swept all nine of its opponents on both the men's and women's side. The No. 1-ranked OSU men improved to 22-0 on the season, while the No. 4 women improved to 19-3.

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 saberand 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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