Feb. 26, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team won its third-consecutive Midwest Fencing Conference championship Sunday, topping second-place and defending national champion Notre Dame by 65 points at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes, led by their top-ranked men's squad, won all three men's events to collect a total of 675 points, while the sixth-ranked women's squad won saber and epee and reached the semifinals in foil for a total of 650.
Notre Dame finished second in men's and women's with 630 points in each for a team score of 1260.
The OSU men went up against Notre Dame in all three finals, topping the Irish by a combined total of 15-3 (5-2 sabre, 5-0 foil and 5-1 epee). The Buckeye women's sabre squad, seeded second, beat top-seeded Notre Dame 5-2 in their finals.
Complete individual and team brackets and results can be found at http://www.nd.edu/~fencing/results/mfcc06.htm.
Ohio State, which captured three of the six individual titles during individual competition Saturday, held the top seed going into the team competition in men's sabre, men's foil and women's epee and won all three events. The second-seeded women's sabre unit topped Northwestern 5-0 in the semifinals and upset No. 1seed Notre Dame in the finals, 5-2.
The top-seeded men's sabre unit, led by individual conference champion Adam Crompton (Sr., Newark, N.J.), beat Northwestern 5-0 in the semifinals and topped No. 2 seed Notre Dame 5-2 in the finals. The top-seeded men's foil unit, which had three of the four finalists in the individual competition yesterday and featured conference champion Andras Horanyi (Fr., Boulder, Colo.), beat Detroit Mercy 5-1 in the semifinals and shut out Notre Dame 5-0 in the finals. The men's epee squad, seeded second and led by juniors Denis Tolkachev (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.), topped Michigan 5-1 in the semifinals before winning over Notre Dame 5-1 in the finals. The women's sabre squad, led by individual conference champion Siobhan Byrne (So., Eislingen, Germany), eliminated Northwestern 5-0 in the semifinals before their 5-2 win over the Irish in the finals.
The OSU women's epee squad, led by junior Kaela Brendler (San Antonio, Texas), beat Michigan 5-0 in the semifinals before topping Notre Dame, 5-2, in the finals.
The women's foil unit, seeded third, advanced to the semifinals with a 5-4 win over Lawrence before falling to second-seeded Notre Dame, 5-0.
Ohio State heads to the NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier next weekend in Cleveland.
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