The first half of the NCAA Fencing Championships are over, the men's side of the competition having wrapped up on Friday. OSU finished in 5th overall with 70 bouts in their favor, trailing PSU (94), Princeton (83), Norte Dame (77), and Harvard (75).
The across the board the Buckeye's men squad had a tough first day, with may of the fencers performing well bellow expectations, but the most shocked was Marco Canevari. A senior epee fencer, Canevari only won 9 of his 15 matches on the first day, losing some matches to much lower ranked fencers. Overall Ohio State finished the second day 7th overall.
But then on the second day of competition many of the Buckeye men rallied. This included Canevari who went 6-2, and squeaked into Top 4, who then enter into a single elimination bracket. Canevari was matched with #1 seed Peregrine Badger of Harvard, and in a little bout of March Madness Canevari pulled off a 11-9 upset. This was Cavevari's third career trip to the finals at this competition and this time he defeated Jonathan Yergler of Princeton to claim that elusive Individual national title.
Heading into the women's competition today, the fact that OSU is 24 bouts out of first means their chances at a repeat title are likely over save Penn State having a disastrous showing in the women's competitions and Ohio State's squad coming up big.