Fencing: Ohio State Holds Narrow Lead Entering Final Day Of NCAA Championships

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Buckeyes lead Notre Dame by two points in overall standings

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State fencing team wrapped up men’s rounds 1-4 Saturday at the NCAA Championships in French Field House and still maintains a slight edge over Notre Dame. With one more day of competition remaining, the Buckeyes will need a solid performance Sunday to bring home the third team title in program history and 57th national championship in school history.

Ohio State leads the Fighting Irish after day three, despite falling behind them at  one point during the day. The tight finish is resembling the 2005 National Championships, when Notre Dame edged defending champion Ohio State, 172-170.

The Top 3 of Ohio State, Notre Dame and Columbia/Barnard remain unchanged from women’s competition, but Penn State, behind their No. 1-ranked men’s team, hurdled St. John’s to jump into fourth place.

Junior Mike Momtselidze holds the top position in sabre, earning 13 wins on the day in 14 bouts. He leads Luther Clement of St. John’s, who has 12 wins, and also is ahead of Jeff Spear of Columbia and Franz Bogichev of Penn State, who each have 11 wins.

Defending national champion Andras Horanyi sits in second place in foil, just one win shy of first place Ronald Berkowsky of Pennsylvania. Horanyi will look to pick up the fifth consecutive Ohio State foil national championship tomorrow (Boaz Ellis 2004-06).

In men’s epee, junior Jason Pryor scored eight wins on the day, good for ninth overall and just two wins short of first place. Pryor also won his match with first place holder Graham Wicas, winning 5-4. Teammate Sean Harder picked up five wins for the Buckeyes and sits in 18th overall.

Ben Parkins won seven contests, good for 14th in foil, while Sergey Smirnov added three wins in sabre.

The NCAA National Championships enter their final act tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., when the men’s competition wraps up with rounds 5-7, at which time the team national champion will be decided. Following the conclusion of round play, the Top 4 from each weapon will compete in the medal round, with gold medal bouts scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow in St. John Arena.

For live updates from the NCAA Championships, visit www.prisedefer.com/ncaa2008.html.

Team Standings through 3 rounds

1. Ohio State           149
2. Notre Dame           147
3. Columbia/Barnard     128 
4. Penn State           123
5. St. John’s           118
6. Harvard              85
7. Pennsylvania         74
8. Wayne State          56
9. Stanford             52
10. Northwestern        45

Men’s Sabre Standings Rounds 1-4

1. Mike Momtselidze (13-1)      Ohio State
2. Luther Clement (12-2)        St. John’s
3. Jeff Spear  (11-3)           Columbia/Barnard
4. Franz Bogichev (11-3)        Penn State
5. Daniel Bak  (10-4)           Penn State
6. Barron Nydam (10-4)          Notre Dame
7. Alex Diacou (8-6)            Columbia/Barnard
8. Steve Ahn  (8-6)             Harvard
9. Peter Truszkowski (7-7)      Duke
10. Jonathan Berkowsky (7-7)    Pennsylvania

Men’s Foil Standings Rounds 1-4

1. Ronald Berkowsky (13-1)      Pennsylvania
2. Andras Horanyi (12-2)        Ohio State
3. Kurt Getz (12-2)             Columbia/Barnard
4. Nick Chinman (11-3)          Penn State
5. Henry Kennard (9-5)          St. John’s
6. Dorian Cohen (9-5)           Duke
7. Steve Kubik (9-5)            Notre Dame
8. Benjamin Hendricks (9-5)     Duke
9. Will Friedman (8-6)          Brandeis
10. Samuel Perkins (7-7)        Penn State

Men’s Epee Standings Rounds 1-4

1. Graham Wicas (10-4)          Princeton
2. Slava Zingerman (10-4)       Wayne State
3. Arthur Urman (10-4)          Penn State
4. Stanley Vaksman (10-4)       St. John’s
5. Peter French (9-5)           Air Force
6. Misha Mokretsov (9-5)        St. John’s
7. Tommi Hume  (8-6)            Princeton
8. Greg Howard (8-6)            Notre Dame
9. Jason Pryor (8-6)            Ohio State
10. Karol Kostka (8-6)          Notre Dame

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