Team title will be decided this morning in French Field House; men’s gold medal bouts begin at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena
COLUMBUS, Ohio Sunday marks the fourth and final day of the 2008 NCAA Fencing National Championships and the action is about to begin in French Field House.
The team competition has come down to Ohio State and Notre Dame, which are separated by only two points as the final three rounds gets underway. The Buckeyes are in the lead with 149 points, while the Fighting Irish own 147. Notre Dame took a two-point lead briefly Saturday before Ohio State regained the lead it held when the women’s competition ended Friday.
A national title for Ohio State would be its third in fencing (1942, 2004) and the 57th national championship overall in school history.
The men will fence the three final rounds beginning at 9:30 a.m., which will determine the team national champion. Shortly after the end of the final round, the Top 4 individual records in sabre, foil and epee will enter the semifinals of the medal round. The gold medal bouts will then be fenced at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena.
WHAT: 2008 NCAA Fencing National Championships Day Four of Four
WHEN: Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m., men’s Rounds 5-7. Team competition will end at about 11 a.m., followed by the individual medal round. The gold medal bouts will be fenced at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Rounds 5-7 and the individual semifinal bouts will be fenced in French Field House. The gold medal bouts will be fenced in St. John Arena.
WHO: Ohio State holds a slim two-point lead over Notre Dame, 149-147. Third place Columbus/Barnard has 128 points.
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TWO BUCKEYES AMONG WEAPON LEADERS
In Rounds 1-4 Saturday, junior Mikhail Momtselidze went 13-1 to take the lead in sabre and junior Andras Horanyi went 12-2 to hold the No. 2 spot in foil as the men’s competition began. Those two Buckeyes will aim to finish off Rounds 5-7 strong Sunday morning to not only help Ohio State keep its lead and possible team national title, but also to stay in the Top 4 of their weapons to earn a spot in the semifinals and have a chance to fence for an individual national championships. Horanyi is the defending national champion in foil.
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