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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team earned its fifth straight championship in addition to four unit titles and a squad title at the 2018 Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. The team totaled 1,590 points at the end of competition.
Ohio State now has 13 conference championships in program history.
No. 3 MEN
Each unit on the men’s squad earned a conference title, which resulted in them earning men’s team conference championship. The men finished with 810 points, 75 points ahead of second place Michigan.
Foilists William Gaziano, Leon Cao, and Nicola Sirito were able to successfully defend the unit’s conference title. The group blanked each of its opponents leading up to the final matchup against Chicago, where they went on to win 5-1.
Both the epee and sabre units dropped just one bout coming into the final. Matthew Comes, Oliver Shindler, John Culpepper, and Jack Bradford teamed up to win another title for the epee unit. They defeated Lawrence 5-1 to secure the title. Men’s sabre proved to be just as successful, taking down Michigan 5-2. Manning the sabre unit was Frank Ditullio, Andrew Herczak, Matthew Hayes, Hector Florencia, and Frederik Koch.
No. 4 WOMEN
The women ended the day in second place with 780 points, falling just 15 points shy of first place.
The members of the sabre and foil units were undefeated leading up to their final matchups. For the sabre unit, Aleksandra Kolmykova, Joanne Chen, Maddalena Bosetti, and Sarah Merza tore their way through the brackets, but were stopped in the title final. Unable to answer No. 9 Northwestern, the women fell 2-5.
The women’s foilists were edged out by Northwestern 4-5 on the championship strip. Despite the efforts of Camilla Rivano, Gabriela Cecchini, Alexa Laskaris, and Morgan Mzhen, the unit finished just shy of a conference title.
The Buckeyes head to Cleveland for Regional NCAA Qualifiers on Mar. 10.