COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State fencing team came out hot on day one of MFC Championships, claiming the title in every weapon category and collecting 15 medals at the completion of individual competition.
The women's epee unit started the day off, with teammates Emma von Dadelszen and Eugenia Falqui competing in the semifinal round of direct elimination. Falqui defeated von Dadelszen, 15-11, to advance to the final round. On the championship strip, Falqui downed Northwestern Wildcat Ella Lombard, 15-11 to win her first individual MFC title. Von Dadelszen claimed third place, her first medal finish at MFC Championships. Freshman Natalia Falkowski rounded out the unit's top eight finishes in the eight spot.
Men's sabre competition came next, taking the top three places. Frederik Koch fenced against teammate Fares Arfa in the final bout, defending his MFC Champion title with a 15-13 win. Hector Florencia finished in third place, downed 15-11 to the individual champion Koch in the semifinal round.
In men's foil competition, Stas Sudilovsky successfully defended his MFC Champion title with a rematch against Maximilien Chastanet, 15-14. Julien Baneux earned a third place finish after fencing Sudilovsky, 6-15. Nicola Sirito (6th) and Leon Cao (7th) completed the unit's top eight finishes.
Freshman Sarah Merza earned her first individual MFC title, triumphing over Northwestern's Alisha Gomez-Shah, 15-13. Senior Alexa Antipas finished in eighth place after defeating Wayne State's Despina Tsitakidou, 15-7.
The men's epee unit took all four medals in individual competition, starting with the defending individual champion Lewis Weiss with a gold medal win over Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, 15-14. Blais Belanger finished in second place, while Iñaki de Guzman and Oliver Shindler tied for third.
Eleanor Harvey and Alanna Goldie matched up again on the championship strip, and Harvey finished the bout as the individual champion once again, 6-5. Freshman Alexa Laskaris claimed a sixth place finish, defeating Northwestern Wildcat Amy Jia 11-4.
The Buckeyes will return to action tomorrow for team competition at French Field House beginning at 8 a.m.
Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
Feb. 25, 2017
French Field House - Columbus, Ohio
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