Dec. 20, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team was well represented at the North American Cup competition held Dec. 9-11 in Pittsburgh, Pa., as 23 Buckeyes fenced and four placed in the Top 10. The competition was the third of six NAC competitions during the 2005-06 season and first of three that will feature Division I competition.
All four Ohio State men's sabre fencers placed in the Top 20, with senior Jason Rogers (Los Angeles, Calif.) earning a second-place finish to post the highest rank among the Buckeyes. Senior Adam Crompton (Newark, N.J.) placed fifth, freshman Mike Momtselidze (Kansas City, Mo.) placed 13th and junior Jason Paul (Los Angeles, Calif.) placed 19th out of the 103 competitors.
Seven OSU men's foil fencers competed and two notched the Buckeyes' other two Top 10 finishes, including junior Boaz Ellis (Moshav Zippori, Israel) at No. 6 and freshman Andras Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) at No. 7. In men's epee, junior Denis Tolkachev (St. Petersburg, Russia) placed 13th.
Sophomore Siobhan Byrne (Eislingen, Germany) had the best finish among the OSU women, as she placed 15th in sabre. Also in sabre, sophomores Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.) and Amelia Gaillard (Fayetteville, Ga.) placed 22nd and 24th, respectively.
Junior Kaela Brendler (San Antonio, Texas) had Ohio State's other Top 25 finish on the women's side as she placed 25th in epee.
Rounding out the Ohio State contingent, in men's foil (out of 157), sophomore Yakov Tsveig (Petah-Tikva, Israel) at No. 54, junior Kevin Stuart (Wheaton, Ill.) at No. 78, freshman Daniel Bass (St. Louis, Mo.) at No. 81, freshman Dimitri Kirk-Gordon (San Jose, Calif.) at No. 87 and sophomore William Jeter (Cincinnati, Ohio) at No. 90. Out of 199 competitors in men's epee, freshman Jason Pryor (Cleveland, Ohio) was No. 42 and junior Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.) was No. 47.
Out of 53 competitors in women's sabre, three others Buckeyes placed, including junior Syvenna Siebert (Upper Arlington, Ohio) at No. 48, senior Kristin Rill (Des Plaines, Ill.) at No. 49 and freshman Elizabeth Knauer (Medford, N.J.) at No. 52.
Included among the 107 women's epee competitors was sophomore Alexandra Obrazcova (Dauganpils, Latvia) at No. 51, while among the 90 women's foil competitors was freshman Allison Rush (Boulder, Colo.) at No. 74.
Former Buckeye Hanna Thompson placed second in women's foil and former Buckeye Louise Bond-Williams placed 19th in women's sabre.
Ohio State will resume practice the week of Jan. 3 and will compete again Jan. 13-16 when the North American Cup has its fourth competition of the season, this time in Houston, which will again feature Division I competition.
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