INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --Pools, semi-finals and final rounds have been fenced in men's competition, and the No. 1 ranked men's team pulled off 86 victories to land in second place. Notre Dame sits in first with 86 victories, winning a tiebreaker with a higher indicator. The Buckeyes reached the podium three times, with Maximilien Chastanet tied for third in men's foil, Fares Arfa tied for third in men's sabre and Lewis Weiss named Second Team All-American with a fifth place finish.
For men's epee, junior Lewis Weiss finished the fourth and fifth rounds of pool competition in fifth place, garnering 14 victories. Junior Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger ended in ninth place, contributing 13 points.
In men's foil, junior Maximilien Chastanet finished pool competition in fourth place after going 16-7. Chastanet advanced to the semi-final round, facing off with Nolen Scruggs from Columbia University. In a tough bout, Chastanet came back from a 6-0 and 12-7 deficit to take a late 14-13 lead. Scruggs earned the last two touches, defeating Chastanet 15-14.
Junior Stas Sudilovsky rounded out the foil unit, finishing in 11th place with 13 victories.
Freshman Domenik Koch ended his first NCAA Championships appearance in 10th place, tallying 13 points. Senior Fares Arfa jumped to second place at the end of pool competition, going undefeated in the fourth and fifth rounds and finishing with 17 victories. Arfa fenced against Wayne State's Ziad Elsissy in the semi-final round. Elsissy gained momentum early in the bout and Arfa wasn't able to catch up, downed 15-7 in a quick round. Arfa's third place finish is his highest NCAA Championships finish, improving from fifth place in 2016.
Ohio State ends the first two days of competition in second place, even with Notre Dame in victories but behind the Fighting Irish in indicator. The Buckeyes are eight victories ahead of the third place, Columbia.
The Buckeyes will return to action tomorrow for the first three rounds of women's competition beginning at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.
NCAA Fencing Championships
March 24, 2017
Indiana Farmers Coliseum - Indianapolis, Ind.
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