COLUMBUS, Ohio Fresh off his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, Ohio State freshman Max Stearns competed at the 2009 Junior World Championships in Belfast, Great Britain this past weekend. Stearns, making his third appearance at the World Championships and second time as a junior, competed for Team Canada and finished 24th out of 96 competitors.
Stearns won four of the six duels he competed in during the qualifying part of the competition, with a 5-2 win over Robert Goossens of Holland, a 5-1 wins against Yusif Budagov of Azerbaijan and Alexei Romanovitch of Belarus and a 5-0 sweep of Jose Pablo Vargas Fernandez of Costa Rica. Stearns did suffer two defeats in the opening round, one to eventual silver medalist Aron Szilagyi of Hungary and one to 17th place finisher Dong Ho Choi of South Korea.
The Buckeye freshman won his first match of the direct elimination round against Kazuki Mizutani of Japan, 15-11. He moved on to the second duel, facing Benedikt Wagner of Germany. Wagner was able to get the final touch in a close bout, winning 15-14 and going on to finish in fifth place overall.
More Buckeyes will be competing in non-collegiate events throughout the spring and summer, including the Division I NAC in Portland, Ore., April 24-27 and the Summer Nationals in Dallas, Texas, July 3-12.
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