Ohio State Fencing Gears Up for Regional Competition

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March 2, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio -The Ohio State fencing squad competes Saturday at the Midwest Regional Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. The Buckeyes, coming off a first place finish last weekend at the Midwest Conference Championship, will aim to qualify 12 fencers to compete March 16-19 at the NCAA Championship in Houston, Texas. The event will be held all day with competition including all three weapons.

Last season at the Midwest Regional Qualifier (March 17-20), the Buckeyes qualified 11 fencers who went on to earn a second place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Buckeyes William Jeter (foil) and Amelia Gaillard (sabre) each finished first in their respective weapons at regional competition.

Ohio State defeated Notre Dame by 65 points to place first overall Feb. 26 at the Midwest Conference Championships in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes claimed the title after both the men's and women's squads edged out Notre Dame to place first overall. It was the Buckeyes third consecutive Midwest Conference crown. On the men's side, Ohio State took first in all three weapons and tallied a total of 675 points, 45 points better than second place Notre Dame. The sixth-ranked Buckeye women took first in saber and epee for a total of 650 points, 20 points better than second place Notre Dame.

Twelve Ohio State fencers are ranked in the nation according to the latest ranking report by U.S. Fencing. Seven Buckeyes are ranked in the top 10 of the senior division. In men's sabre, Jason Rogers is ranked at No. 4, Adam Crompton at No. 8 and Mike Momtselidze at No. 9. Andras Horanyi is ranked No. 4 in men's foil, while Christian Rivera is ranked No. 6 in men's epee. On the women's side, Eileen Grench is ranked No. 8 in women's sabre, and Amelia Gaillard is ranked No. 10, also in women's sabre. SENIOR DIVISION
-Women's Sabre: No. 8 Eileen Grench (Junior Div. fencer), No. 10 Amelia Gaillard -Women's Foil: No. 24 Metta Thompson, No. 32 Aly Rush (Junior Div. fencer) -Women's Epee: No. 40 Kaela Brendler -Men's Sabre: No. 4 Jason Rogers, No. 8 Adam Crompton, No. 9 Mike Momtselidze, No. 21 Jason Paul - Men's Foil: No. 4 Andras Horanyi (Junior Div. fencer), No. 40 Dimitri Kirk-Gordon -Men's Epee: No. 6 Christian Rivera

-Women's Sabre: No. 5 Eileen Grench - Women's Foil: No. 37 Aly Rush -Men's Foil: No. 2 Andras Horanyi, No. 38 William Jeter

At NYU's Jerome S. Coles Sports Center in New York City Jan.22, the No. 1 ranked OSU men went 5-0, defeating NYU, No. 6 St. John's University, No. 5 Columbia, Yale and No. 2 Notre Dame. Top individual records for the men included Horanyi (foil) at 14-1, Boaz Ellis (foil) at 13-1, Rivera (epee) and Crompton (sabre) at 12-3 and Rogers (sabre) at 11-4.

The No. 4 women's squad went 2-3, which included a win over No. 8 Yale and losses only to Top-10 ranked opponents. Top individual finishers included Grench (sabre) and Alexandra Obrazcova (epee) at 12-3, Siobhan Byrne (sabre) at 11-4 and Brendler (epee) at 10-5.

Ohio State's men and women both fashioned 8-0 records during the Notre Dame Duals, which concluded Jan 28 at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse in Notre Dame, Ind.

Against their only ranked opponent of the event, the Buckeye women topped No. 7 Northwestern, 14-13. The OSU women also defeated Lawrence 23-4, Oberlin 26-1, Detroit Mercy 23-4, Cleveland State 23-4, Chicago 27-0, Wayne State 17-10 and Duke 15-12.

The Ohio State men topped Lawrence 27-0, Oberlin 27-0, Detroit Mercy 26-1, Duke 25-2, Cleveland State 27-0, Chicago 26-1, Northwestern 23-4 and Wayne State 21-6.

Ohio State swept all nine of its opponents on both the men's and women's side. The No. 1-ranked OSU men improved to 22-0 on the season, while the No. 4 women improved to 19-3.

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