Defending National Champion Ohio State Remains in the Lead



After two days of action, defending national champion Ohio State continues to lead by 10 points over St. Johns at the 2005 NCAA National Collegiate Fencing Championships hosted by Rice University and the Harris County Houston Sports Authority held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Ohio State foilist Boaz Ellis won his second national championship defeating New York Universitys Gabriel Sinkin 15-8. Ellis came in as the second seed in the semi-finals defeating bronze medal winner Ronald Berkowsky from Pennsylvania. Two-time-champion, and top-seed Nonpatat Panchan from Penn State fell to Gabriel Sinkin in the foil semifinals.

2004 epee bronze medal winner, Mical Sobieraj from Notre Dame defeated top-seeded Marek Petraszek from Wayne State to win the gold medal. On his way to the gold, Sobieraj defeated Ohio States Denis Tolkachev in the semis. Princetons Soren Thompson took home the bronze in mens epee.

St. Johns Sergey Isayenko won his first gold medal in mens saber defeating Notre Dame Sophomore Patrick Ghattas. Isayenko, the 2004 saber silver medal winner, won the bout 15-12. Top-seeded Franz Boghicev from Penn State fell to Harvards Timothy Hagamen in the bronze medal match.

In the team standings, Ohio State now tallies 94 points, with St. Johns still trailing and in second place with 84 points. Penn State is not far behind with 77 points, while the Fighting Irish finished two days of competition with 70 points.

The Womens competition begins at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday at 12:00p.m.