COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team continued to dominate at MFC Championships on the second day of competition, earning five squad titles and three team titles. The Buckeyes claimed first place and the Midwest Champion title, finishing the day with 1,605 points. The title makes for Ohio State’s fourth consecutive MFC Championship, and 11th in program history.
No. 1 Men
In men’s competition, the Buckeyes finished in first place with 810 points, 155 points ahead of the second place finisher, University of Michigan.
For epee competition, Iñaki de Guzman, Lewis Weiss and Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger teamed up to blank Michigan, 5-0, in the semifinal round. On the championship strip, Oliver Shindler joined the three to defeat University of Chicago, 5-1, for the epee squad title.
Foilists Nicola Sirito, Liam Smith, James Hu and Leon Cao fenced in the semifinal round, downing Case Western, 5-0. In the final round, Julien Baneux joined Smith and Cao to take down University of Illinois, 5-1, and claiming the men’s foil title.
Anurup Krishna, Hector Florencia and Andrew Herczak teamed up in sabre to defeat Indiana, 5-0, to advance to the final round. Fares Arfa and Frederik Koch joined Florencia to take down Michigan, 5-1, for the men’s sabre title.
No. 6 Women
The women’s team finished in first place, improved from their second place finish last year. The team collected 795 points, 25 points ahead of No. 8 Northwestern.
In epee competition, Caira Moreira-Brown, Eugenia Falqui and Emma von Dadelszen blanked Michigan State, 5-0, in the semifinal round to advance to the championship strip. In the final round, Northwestern defeated the unit in a close bout, 5-4.
Women’s foilists Eleanor Harvey, Alanna Goldie and Alexa Laskaris defeated Michigan, 5-0, in the semifinal round. On the championship strip, the three took down Wayne State University, 5-1, for the foil title.
For women’s sabre, Aleksandra Kolmykova, Alexa Antipas and Sarah Merza competed against Wayne State in the semifinal round, defeating the Warriors 5-3 to advance to the final bout. In a thrilling back and forth bout, the Buckeyes capitalized on their momentum and took down Northwestern, 5-3, for the sabre title.
Ohio State Fencing returns to action on March 11 for NCAA Regional qualifiers in Detroit, Mich.
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