Buckeyes Lead After Day One of Fencing Championships



HOUSTON TX -- Defending national champion Ohio State holds a seven-point edge over St. John's at the end of day one of competition at the 2005 NCAA National Collegiate Fencing Championships held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston TX, hosted by Rice University and the Harris County Houston Sports Authority.

Ohio State scored 57 points in the first day of competition, while Notre Dame followed with 50 points. Penn State was in third place with 47 points and 2003 champions Notre Dame finished with 43 points, good for fourth place.

Ohio State was led by Houstonian Jason Rogers. The Olympian and two-time All-American in mens saber posted a 12-2 bout record to move to second place in the standings. Penn States Franz Boghicev topped mens Saber standings with a bout record of 13-1.

Penn State also received a helping hand by foilist Nonpatat Panchan who posted a 13-1 bout record to move to the top of the standings in foil. Pennsylvanias Ronald Berkowsky was second with a 12-2 mark while Ohio States Boaz Ellis finished third with an 11-3 mark.

Wayne State University Marek Petraszek led the top epee fencer on the first day, going 13-1 with. Notre Dames Michael Sobieraj sat in second place at 12-2.

Competition resumes at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. The mens gold medal bouts are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The women's competition begins Saturday at noon.