Feb. 25, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State fencers captured three of the six individual titles Saturday as day one of the Midwest Fencing Conference championships was held in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse on the campus of Notre Dame. The three individual crowns were the most of any program and a total of 20 Buckeyes placed among the Top 12 of the six weapons.
Team competition will be held Sunday, when Ohio State seeks to win its third-consecutive Midwest Fencing Conference title.
OSU senior Adam Crompton (Newark, N.J.), a two-time national champion, won men's sabre, freshman Andras Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) won men's foil and sophomore Siobhan Byrne (Eislingen, Germany) won women's sabre to lead the Ohio State fencers, which won the 2005 MFC team title last year over eventual national Notre Dame but did not participate in the individual competition.
Horanyi went up against teammate William Jeter (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) for the foil crown and freshman Dimitri Kirk-Gordon (San Jose, Calif.) tied for third as three Buckeyes were among the four semi-finalists in that event. In addition, two-time defending national champion Boaz Ellis (Jr., Moshav Zippori, Israel) placed fifth in men's foil and junior Kevin Stuart (Wheaton, Ill.) placed eighth.
Behind Crompton in men's sabre, freshman Mike Momtselidze (Kansas City, Mo.) tied for third, junior Jason Paul (Los Angeles, Calif.) took sixth and senior Jason Rogers (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished eighth.
In men's epee, junior Denis Tolkachev (St. Petersburg, Russia) and junior Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.) tied for third after dropping their semi-final matches, while freshman Jason Pryor (Cleveland, Ohio) finished 10th and sophomore Eric Sher (Landisville, Pa.) took 12th.
Following Byrne in women's sabre, sophomore Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.) tied for third and junior Syvenna Siebert (Upper Arlington, Ohio) placed sixth.
In women's epee, junior Kaela Brendler (San Antonio, Texas) took second, while sophomore Alexandra Obrazcova (Dauganpils, Latvia) was seventh and sophomore Leslie Lampman (Gibsonia, Pa.) took eighth.
In women's foil, converted sabre fencer Amelia Gaillard (So., Fayetteville, Ga.) placed eighth and senior Marguerite Plekhanov (Montclair, N.J.) finished 12th.
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