WALTHAM, Mass. -- After three days of competition, Ohio State jumps from fourth place to second at NCAA Fencing Championships. The Buckeyes completed the first three rounds of men's epee, men's foil, and men's sabre today and will resume for the final day of competition tomorrow at Brandeis University.
Sophomore Maximilien Chastanet lead the way for the men's unit, finishing the first three rounds of competition in first place. The foilist totaled 12 victories and a +33 indicator. Stas Sudilovsky rounded out the foil duo in 14th place. Sudilovsky claimed seven wins and a +3 touch differential.
Men's epee contributed solid results from the first day with Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger in third place and Lewis Weiss in fourth. Blais Belanger earned 11 wins and a +5 touch differential, while Weiss finished close behind with ten wins and a +10 indicator.
Junior Fares Arfa finished in third place for men's sabre, accumulating ten wins and a +19 indicator. Penn State's Andrew Mackiewicz and St. John's Ferenc Valkai sit ahead of Arfa, both tied for first place with 12 wins and a +27 differential. Sophomore Hector Florencia makes his NCAA Championship debut, finishing the day's competition in 13th place with eight wins and a +3 touch differential.
With the completion of women's competition and the first three rounds of men's competition, Ohio State places in second as a team with 134 wins and a touch differential of +191. 76 victories came from women's competition, while 58 are from the men's unit. Men's sabre accumulated 18 wins, men's foil earned 19, and men's epee totaled 21. Columbia University holds a 13 point lead over Ohio State with 147 wins. St. John's (131, +76) and Notre Dame (131, +75) finish close behind the Buckeyes in fourth and fifth place, respectively. The final rounds of round robin competition and championship bouts will take place tomorrow.
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Men's Competition Rounds 1-3
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Gosman Athletic Center - Waltham, Mass.
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