Dec. 11, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore Andras Horanyi won the men's foil competition to lead the Ohio State fencing team at the North American Cup held last weekend at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va. A total of 21 Buckeyes, including three volunteer assistant coaches, represented Ohio State at the event, with eight earned Top 20 finishes.
The North American Cup (NAC) is the title of a series of national tournaments held throughout the country each year and serves as the point system used for determining spots on U.S. national teams. The next NAC competition will be held Jan. 13-14 in Columbus, Ohio and will mark Ohio State's final competition before the collegiate regular season begins Jan. 20-21 at the Notre Dame Duels. The Buckeyes have place in the Top 4 in the nation each of the last five years.
With the first-place finish, Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) appears ready to make a run at a possible individual collegiate national title in March. Last season, Horanyi finished second in the nation to three-time champion and OSU teammate Boaz Ellis (Moshav Zippori, Israel), now a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes, who tied for third in foil at the NAC this past weekend.
Among current Buckeyes, junior Siobhan Byrne (Eislingen, Germany) took 11th in sabre, junior Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.) placed 12th in sabre, sophomore Mikhail Momtselidze (Overland Park, Mo.) took 16th in sabre, freshman Julia Tikhonova (Jerusalem, Israel) finished 20th in foil and freshman Sean Harder (Redondo Beach, Calif.) placed 27th in epee to round out Ohio State's top performers.
Volunteer assistant coach Hanna Thompson (Rochester, N.Y.) won women's foil, while volunteer assistant Adam Crompton (Newark, N.J.) took second in sabre, Ellis tied for third in foil and former Buckeye and Olympian Jason Rogers (Los Angeles, Calif.) placed 11th in sabre.
Other current Buckeyes who competed include junior Leslie Lampman (Gibsonia, Pa.) and freshman Elyse Gurnowski (Hackettstown, N.J.) in epee on the women's side. For the OSU men, freshman Joe Streb (Columbus, Ohio) in foil, sophomore Dimitri Kirk-Gordon (San Jose, Calif.) in foil, freshman Mykhaylo Mazur (Khmelnitskiy, Ukraine) in epee, sophomore Jason Pryor (Cleveland, Ohio) in epee, senior Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.) in epee, senior Kevin Stuart (Wheaton, Ill.) in foil, sophomore Daniel Bass (St. Louis, Mo.) in foil, freshman Kyle Roat (Mason, Ohio) in foil and freshman Alexander Delaney (Maplewood, N.J.) in epee.
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