Ohio State Claims Gold in Four Individual Competitions at MFC Championships

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team wrapped up individual competition at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships Saturday evening in Notre Dame, Ind., with a sweep of gold medals in the men's events and a first-place finish in women's sabre. In total, the Buckeyes earned seven medals out of a possible 24.

The 10th-ranked women picked up two of the medals for the Buckeyes, led by a gold performance from Margarita Tschomakova in women's sabre. The junior faced a trio of Irish fencers in the final four, but upset the home crowd with a 15-13 victory against Eileen Hassett in the semifinals and a 15-10 win over Sarah Borrmann to claim the top spot.

Behind Tschomakova, the Buckeyes recorded four Top 15 finishes. Emily Cheng (6), Falencia Miller (8), Alison Miller (9) and Victoria Harris (14) rounded out the women's sabre competitors.

Newcomer Caroline Piasecka notched a silver-medal finish in women's epee, finishing only behind Notre Dame's Courtney Hurley. Classmate Katarzyna Dabrowa picked up a 6th-place finish, while Mallory Norman, Tasha Domashovetz and Laura Gurnowski finished 15th, 18th and 27th, respectively.

In women's foil, senior Oksana Dmytruk set the pace for the Buckeyes, taking fifth, followed by Isabella Bonello at 11th, Anna Staso at 12th, Fanni Ladoczki at 13th and Allison Henvick at 16th.

Freshman Rhys Douglas made a splash in his first trip to the event, taking gold in men's sabre after downing a pair of Notre Dame fencers in the semifinal and first-place bouts. He was joined in the event by teammates Nicholas Kotz (8th) and Michael Douville (15th).

Ohio State shined in men's epee, claiming five of the top seven spots, including three of the top four. Sophomore Daniel Tafoya led the group, claiming first after defeating Notre Dame's James Knaull in the final bout, 15-11, after downing teammate Eric Gurnowki in the semifinals.

Gurnowski and Marco Canevari tied for third, followed by Igor Tolkachev (7th), Kristian Boyadzhiev (10th), Dylan Walrond (22nd), Narayan Pathi (23rd) and Eric Phillipou (50th).

Zain Shaito completed the sweep of the men's events with a 15-11 victory over Enzo Castellani of Notre Dame in the gold-medal bout in foil. Shaito was one of four freshmen in the weapon category for Ohio State, joined by Andrew McDonald (8th), Sam Hardwicke-Brown (15th) and Chris Williams (22nd).

The Buckeyes will compete as a team Sunday in the second day of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. The squad is looking to reclaim the team title from top-ranked Notre Dame. Last year, the Irish ended Ohio State's seven-year streak of overall titles at the event, edging the Buckeyes by a 30-point advantage.

Results from the event can be found at www.und.com.

Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
March 5-6
Notre Dame, Ind.

Women's Sabre
1 - Margarita Tschomakova
6 - Emily Cheng
8 - Falencia Miller
9 - Alison Miller
14 - Victoria Harris

Men's Sabre
1 - Rhys Douglas
8 - Nicholas Kotz
15 - Michael Douville

Women's Epee
2 - Caroline Piasecka
6 - Katarzyna Dabrowa
15 - Mallory Norman
18 - Tasha Domashovetz
27 - Laura Gurnowski

Men's Epee
1 - Daniel Tafoya
T-3 - Marco Canevari
T-3 - Eric Gurnowski
5 - Trevor Pedersen
7 - Igor Tolkachev
10 - Kristian Boyadzhiev
22 - Dylan Walrond
23 - Narayan Pathi
50 - Eric Phillipou

Women's Foil
5 - Oksana Dmytruk
11 - Isabella Bonello
12 - Anna Staso
13 - Fanni Ladoczki
16 - Allison Henvick

Men's Foil
1 - Zain Shaito
8 - Andrew McDonald
15 - Sam Hardwicke-Brown
22 - Chris Williams