INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The competition is tough at NCAA Fencing Championships, but the Buckeyes held their own and ended the first day of competition in second place, only one point behind Notre Dame. After the first three rounds of men's competition, junior foilist Maximilien Chastanet and junior epeeist Lewis Weiss finish in the top four.
Men's foil competition started the day off, featuring juniors Stas Sudilovsky and Maximilien Chastanet. Sudilovsky ended the day's competition with a record of 9-6, finishing in 10th place. Defending NCAA champion Chastanet finished the first three rounds with a record of 11-4, in second place behind FIE's No. 1 ranked Alexander Massialas of Stanford.
"My day started good," Chastanet said. "I had a few problems for many different reasons. I felt a bit heavy. I tried to work through it, fence harder and try things I'm not comfortable with. That's what I've been trying to do all year. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel more comfortable with my fencing. It's going to be very hard, physically, but we've been working for that all season long. It's going to be a great day tomorrow."
In men's epee competition, juniors Lewis Weiss and Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger represented the Scarlet and Gray. Blais Belanger finished the first rounds of competition with a record of 8-7, ending in 11th place. Weiss claimed 11 victories, suffering only four losses and finishing competition in third place.
"Today went well," Weiss said. "11-4 is pretty good for how tough the competition is. We have eight more bouts tomorrow and hopefully Marc-Antoine [Blais Belanger] and I end up in the top four."
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Freshman Domenik Koch made his first appearance at NCAA Championships on the sabre strips, registering a record of 7-8 and finishing the day in 13th place. Senior Fares Arfa claimed a 10-5 record, ending up in sixth place after the first three rounds.
The Buckeyes will return to action tomorrow for rounds 4-5, semi-final and final bouts tomorrow beginning at 9:00 a.m.
NCAA Fencing Championships
March 23, 2017
Indiana Farmers Coliseum - Indianapolis, Ind.
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