COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State fencing team came out strong on the first day of competition at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. The Buckeyes claimed 15 medals, the only team to finish in the top three of every weapon category.
The men's squad led the way for the Buckeyes, earning eleven of the team's 15 medals and sweeping the top three spots in each weapon. Foil fencers Stas Sudilovsky, Maximilien Chastanet, and Nicola Sirito took first, second, and third place, respectively, to earn All-Conference First Team honors. Also competing in foil, Julien Baneux (5) and James Hu (7) rounded out the men's foil top ten finishes, earning All-Conference Second Team honors.
Men's sabre garnered the top four spots, with Frederick Koch in first place followed by Ameen Borojerdi in second, and Hector Florencia and Fares Arfa tied for third. The four Buckeyes comprise the All-Conference First Team.
The men's epee unit highlighted the Buckeye efforts, claiming all but one of the top twelve places. Sophomore Lewis Weiss defeated teammate Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger for first place, while Julian Raul and Nicolas Pouliquen tied for third place to make up the All-Conference First Team. Epee fencers Iñaki de Guzman, Oliver Shindler, Andrew Kubisty, and Matt Bogard finished in the next four places, earning All-Conference Second Team honors. Ryan Tomlinson, Shawn Marshman, and Jax Diaz-Miranda claimed the last three spots in the top twelve, earning an honorable mention.
The women's foil final was another Buckeye filled event, with juniors Eleanor Harvey and Alanna Goldie facing off. Harvey defeated Goldie to claim the first place spot, while the two earned All-Conference First Team. Freshman Haley Cloyd finished in eight place, earning Second Team.
Freshman Ashley Hahn led the way for the women's epee unit, tying for third place and earning All-Conference First Team. Fellow freshman Emma von Dadelszen finished in sixth place for Second Team honors. Buckeye epee fencers Becca Rutan (9th) and Ally Micek (10th) earned an honorable mention for their top twelve finishes.
Junior sabre fencer Alexa Antipas claimed the last medal for the Buckeyes, tying for third place and earning First Team honors. Seniors Kyjah Coryat and Nina Stackhouse finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively, making it to Second Team. Sterling Streb rounded out the sabre unit, finishing in tenth place and earning an honorable mention.
The Buckeyes return to action tomorrow for team competition at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. Competition begins at 8 a.m. and will take place in French Field House. Admission to the event is free.
Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
Feb. 27, 2016
French Field House -- Columbus, Ohio
1 Lewis Weiss
2 Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger
3T Julian Raul
3T Nicolas Pouliquen
5 Iñaki de Guzman
6 Oliver Shindler
7 Andrew Kubisty
8 Matt Bogard
10 Ryan Tomlinson
11 Shawn Marshman
12 Jax Diaz-Miranda
30 Ahmed Al-Tayeb
58 Robert Caldwell