COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Fencing Team opens the 2015-2016 season with the annual OSU Open and OSU Duals this weekend. OSU Open, an individual competition for fencers at the college level or above, will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. OSU Duals, a team competition in round robin format, will take place on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. in French Field House. Admission to the event is free and a full schedule can be found below.
The Buckeyes look to extend their sweep-streak to 13 consecutive years at OSU Duals. Typically, the event is an opportunity to showcase the team’s younger talent, which includes 13 freshmen this year.
Ohio State will host 12 teams, including Michigan, Iowa, Toledo, Bowling Green, Michigan State, Xavier, Purdue, Case Western, Cleveland State, Oakland, Illinois and Oberlin.
LAST TIME OUT
At last year’s OSU Open, Buckeyes claimed the top spots in every weapon category. Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (ME), Stas Sudilovsky (MF), Frederik Koch (MS), Eugenia Falqui (WE), Mona Shaito (WF) and Celina Merza (WS) all went undefeated to earn first place at the event.
The Buckeyes swept the competition at last year’s Duals, 8-0. The women’s squad recorded a bout-record of 198-19 and the men notched a record of 189-27. The women’s foil unit led the way with undefeated performances from Eleanor Harvey, Nina Stackhouse and Caira Moreira-Brown. Alexa Antipas suffered only one loss for the women’s sabre unit, totaling a record of 23-1. The men’s sabre unit featured 20-point performances from Anurup Krishna and John Lazzari, helping the unit to a 63-9 bout-record. Men’s foilists Nicola Sirito and James Hu both garnered undefeated records contributing to the unit’s 67 points overall.
Following OSU Duals and OSU Open, the Buckeyes will head to Philadelphia for the Elite Invitational on Nov. 5.
|8:00-9:30 a.m.||9:30-10:30 a.m.||10:30-11:30 a.m.||11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Off||Illinois||Case Western||Michigan||Michigan State|
LUNCH 12:30-1:30 p.m.
|1:00-2:00 p.m.||2:00-3:00 p.m.||3:00-4:00 p.m.||4:00-5:00 p.m.|
|Zone 5||Oakland-Oberlin||Toledo-Purdue||Xavier Oakland||BGSU-Oberlin|
|Off||Case Western||Oberlin||Purdue||Michigan State|
Buckeyes Set for Zone Championships