Buckeyes Begin NCAA Title Defense at OSU Duals
Sept. 28, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team hosts its annual OSU Duals Saturday at French Field House with the first bouts set to begin at 8 a.m. The 11-team event continues throughout the day in a round-robin format.
Traditionally, Ohio State coaches use the event to showcase the team's younger talent, as several of the seven Buckeye newcomers will make their debut at the duals. The majority of programs, outside of the defending NCAA Champion Buckeyes, are of club status.
A YEAR AGO
Freshmen Andrew Digby, Maximillian Mogg, and Quinn McCann contributed to the men's sabre score of 68-4 by picking up more than 20 victories each. Women's sabre finished 69-3 as freshman Celina Merza and senior Emily Cheng competed without losing a match.
Twelve Buckeyes competed in men's epee combining for a 64-8 record. Sophomore Gavin Medley led the men's group with 15 wins while Junior Tasha Domashovetz earned 20 wins for the women's epee category. The women's epee unit finished with a 60-12 record on the day.
BUCKEYES EARN FOURTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Buckeyes earned their fourth NCAA championship on March 25, 2012 at French Field House. This championship marked the third combined (men's and women's) for the program, with all three coming under the direction of head coach Vladimir Nazlymov. Ohio State's first title was in 1942 when the NCAA supported only men's fencing. Nazlymov has led the Buckeyes to national titles in 2004, 2008 and 2011.
Redshirt Junior Max Stearns clinched the championship on the final day of the competition after his nearly flawless 13-1 first day. The Scarlet and Gray finished with a 21-point advantage leading their opponents with 182 victories. Princeton and Notre Dame finished second and third with 161 and 160 points respectively. St. John's (NY) and Penn State rounded out the Top 5.