March 4, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team won four of six team competitions at the Midwest Conference Championships in South Bend, Ind. Sunday, to take home the Buckeyes' fifth-consecutive conference title. The second-ranked OSU men's squad won all three team competitions, sweeping foil, epee and sabre for a total of 675 points. The fifth-ranked women's squad scored 645 points and won the sabre competition, while finishing second in both foil and epee.
Ohio State's combined team total of 1320 points was 75 points better than host and second-place Notre Dame's team total of 1,245. Northwestern took third with 1,110 points and Michigan was fourth with 980.
Complete team results are available at http://www.nd.edu/~fencing/results/mfcc07.htm
On the men's side, Ohio State's top-seeded foil and sabre teams knocked off both second-seeded Notre Dame squads. OSU sophomore foilist Andras Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore sabre specialist Mikhail Momtselidze (Overland Park, Mo.) were instrumental in each victory. Led by senior Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.) and sophomore Jason Pryor (Cleveland, Ohio), the third-seeded men's epee squad upset both second-seed Notre Dame and first-seed Wayne State to capture the epee crown.
In the women's epee, the fourth-seeded Buckeyes upset top-seeded Northwestern before narrowly falling to third-seed Notre Dame in the final. The second-seeded women's foil team was closely defeated, again by the top-seeded Northwestern, 5-4. The women's sabre unit continued a strong weekend, winning the team competition by downing second-seed Northwestern 5-1. Yesterday, juniors Siobhan Byrne (Eislingen, Germany) and Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.), along with senior Syvenna Siebert (Upper Arlington, Ohio) all recorded Top 3 finishes in the individual competition.
The Buckeyes capped off the weekend Sunday in the team competition after a successful Saturday in the individual competition where nine fencers placed in the Top 3. In total, eighteen Buckeyes finished in the Top 8, with both Momtselidze and Byrne winning the men's and women's sabre.
Ohio State travels to the NCAA regional qualifier March 10. Following that, the Buckeyes will finish off the collegiate season at the NCAA Championships March 22-25 in search of a national championship.
2007 Midwest Conference Championships
Combined Overall Team Finishes
1. Ohio State - 1,320
2. Notre Dame - 1,245
3. Northwestern - 1,110
4. Michigan - 980
5t. Cleveland State - 950
5t. Wayne State - 950
7. Michigan State - 885
8. Chicago - 825
9. Indiana - 810
10. Detroit - 675
11. Wisconsin - 625
12. Lawrence - 550
13. Purdue - 425
14. Xavier - 420
15. Case Western Reserve - 395
16t. Illinois - 370
16t. Oberlin - 370
18. Minnesota - 260
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