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NCAA.com | March 20, 2015

OSU dances ahead as men's matches conclude

DI Men's Fencing Finals

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State completed men's competition in first place after the second day of the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships.

Ohio State finished the day in first place with 84 victories, followed closely by Columbia, who tallied 81 victories. Penn State finished third with 80 victories.

Buckeye Lewis Weiss tied for third, claiming a bronze medal in men's epee. Weiss entered the semifinals for men's epee with a second place finish, tallying 18 victories. He fell in an overtime thriller 14-13 to Princeton's Jack Hudson, ending the day tied for third. Teammate Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger finished in sixth place, accumulating 13 victories at the end of competition.

Stanislov Sudilovsky gathered 15 victories to claim seventh place after round-robin competition. Fellow freshman Maximilian Chastanet claimed the No. 8 spot with a total of 14 victories in his national championship debut.

For men's sabre, Frederick Koch finished in tenth with 13 victories, while Fares Arfa accumulated 11 victories for a 13th place finish.

Four of Columbia’s six student-athletes garnered All-American honors, tying last year’s total.

The Lions’ epeeist led the way as Jake Hoyle and Brian Ro picked up first team accolades. Hoyle maintained his first-place standing after day one and finished the 23-bout round with a 19-5 record, good for first. Ro put together a 15-8 ledger to claim the last spot in the weapon’s final four. As the first and fourth seed, Hoyle and Ro will meet in the semifinal for the individual epee crown. Hoyle earned All-America status for the first time in his career, while Ro picked up his third honor and first on the first-team

Harry Bergman was one finish place shy of the chance to fence for the individual men’s foil title as he finished in fifth thanks to a 15-8 performance. Bergman’s second team All-America status is the first of the junior’s career. Adam Mathieu ended his post season as an honorable mention All-American for the first time in his career as the junior finished in 12th at 11-12.

Andrew Mackiewicz became the 2015 Men's Saber National Champion this afternoon as the second day of NCAA Championships conclude. This marks a back-to-back win for Penn State in the individual competition for men's saber. Penn State saw great success across the board as the men wrapped up their competition.

Mackiewicz was ecstatic to bring the title back home to Penn State.

"Coming in as a freshman, I was nervous, but super excited. I was ready to give it everything I've got. At the end of the day, it came down to who wanted the title most and I believe at heart that I wanted it the most today," Mackiewicz said.

The women begin competition Saturday.

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