Ohio State Fencing Earns Four Medals At The Garret Penn State Open

Nov. 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State fencing team finished competition at the 43rd annual Garret Penn State Open in University Park, Pa. on Sunday. Twelve fencers saw top sixteen finishes, four of which earned medals.

The women started off the competition on Saturday with 12 fencers competing. Nina Stackhouse led the foil unit, qualifying for the direct elimination round in the 15th seed. Falling to Temple University's Fatima Largaespada 15-7, Stackhouse finished in 16th place.

Women's epeeist Eugenia Falqui led the unit with the second seed for direct elimination rounds, followed by Ally Micek, who earned the 12th seed. Falqui fell to Temple University's Safa Ibrahim, 15-6, earning a third place finish. Micek followed closely behind in the 7th place spot.

Alexa Antipas was the lone women's sabre competitor, qualifying for direct elimination in the ninth seed. Antipas went on to fall against Harvard University's Aliya Itzkowitz, 15-10, claiming the third place spot and a bronze medal.

22 fencers from the men's squad saw action on Sunday, highlighted by medals from Frederick Koch and Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger. Stas Sudilovsky led the men's foil unit, qualifying for the sixth seed in direct elimination rounds. Sudilovsky faced teammate Julien Baneux, who claimed the 11th seed in direct elimination. Baneux finished in 13th place after falling to Sudilovsky, 15-13, while University of Notre Dame's Virgile Collineau eliminated Sudilovsky in the next round, 15-12.



The men's epee squad had a successful showing of twelve fencers, four of which qualified for the direct elimination round. Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger led the epee unit, finishing in third place after falling to University of Notre Dame's Garrett McGrath, 4-1. Iñaki de Guzman was close behind with an 11th place finish, also falling to McGrath, 15-10. Oliver Shindler (14) and Shawn Marshman (15) were the other two fencers to qualify for direct elimination.

Frederick Koch led the men's sabre unit, garnering a silver medal after falling to Penn State's Andrew Mackiewicz, 15-10. Fares Arfa finished close behind in sixth place after also falling to Mackiewicz.

The Ohio State fencing team will return to the strips at the Elite Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa. on Nov. 21.

Garret Penn State Open
University Park, Pa.
Nov. 7-8

Women's Foil
16 Nina Stackhouse
24 Morgan Mzhen
30 Haley Cloyd

Women's Epee
3T Eugenia Falqui
7 Ally Micek
19 Becca Rutan
25T Lauren Natkin
28 Ashley Hahn
32 Alexandria Alpy
42T Elizabeth Kirk
45 Gabriella Leccese

Women's Sabre
3T Alexa Antipas

Men's Foil
6 Stas Sudilovsky
13 Julien Baneux
21 Nicola Sirito
27 James Hu
35 Robert Caldwell

Men's Epee
3T Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger
11 Iñaki de Guzman
14 Oliver Shindler
15 Shawn Marshman
17 Matt Bogard
23 Ryan Tomlinson
27 Andrew Kubisty
33 Chris Jaochico
46 Julian Raul
47 Jax Diaz-Miranda
51T Ahmed Al-Tayeb
53 Allan Kofman

Men's Sabre
2 Frederick Koch
6 Fares Arfa
23 Anurup Krishna
35 John Lazzari
42T Zack Whicker