COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State fencing team completed day one at the Midwest Conference Championships in Notre Dame, Ind., Saturday on the campus of Notre Dame. The Buckeyes claimed four individual titles on the day and came away with an additional four second-place finishes. In total, Ohio State pulled in 13 Top 5 performances. Sunday, the team competition will be held, when Ohio State will seek its sixth-consecutive league crown.
The Scarlet and Gray were dominant in both men’s and women’s sabre, sweeping the Top 2 in each competition. Mikhail Momtselidze took first on the men’s side, while Siobhan Byrne won on the women’s side. Ninth-seeded Dexter Wilde defeated returning All-American Bill Thanhouser of Notre Dame in the semi-finals, before teammate Momtselidze dropped him in the finals.
On the women’s side of sabre, the second-seeded Byrne met up with teammate and top-seed Eileen Grench in the final, winning 15-10 to claim her second-consecutive individual Midwest Conference title.
Defending national foil champion Andras Horanyi claimed his second individual conference title, dropping Notre Dame’s Mark Kubik in the championship bout, 15-9.
Newcomer Oksana Dmytruk was the champion of women’s foil, defeating Sam Nemechek of Northwestern in the finals by a score of 15-5.
Ohio State freshman Bishara Korkor fininshed second in men’s epee, despite being seeded fifth. Korkor was defeated in the final by defending epee national champion Slava Zingerman of Wayne State.
On the women’s side, Kaela Brendler was edged in the epee final by Ewa Nelip, 15-12. Aleksandra Obrazcova was third, falling to Nelip in the semi-final, 15-9.
Other top finishers for the Buckeyes included Jason Pryor, who finished in a tie for third in epee, Lindsay Knauer, who was tied for third in foil, Falencia Miller, who was fifth in sabre and Sergey Smirnov, who was fifth in sabre.
For complete results, visit the fencing page at www.und.com.
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