Wright, Nowak, Maas lead the way for Vikings at MFC Championships

Lawrence fencing action
Lawrence fencers posted three top-10 finishes on Saturday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lawrence University posted four top-10 finishes Saturday on the opening day of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships at Ohio State.

Jakub Nowak and Cameron Maas were in the top ten for the men, and Maggie Wright posted a top-eight finish for the Lawrence women.

Men's epee led the way for the Vikings as Nowak grabbed eighth and Maas took 10th.

Nowak won three elimination bouts as he defeated Manan Shah of Northwestern 15-5 before topping Edmond Han of Michigan 15-11 and Scott Maurer of Case Western Reserve 15-6. Nowak was then eliminated with a 15-9 loss to Bence Bende of Ohio State in the quarterfinals.

Maas won a pair of elimination bouts as he beat Paul Rider of Detroit Mercy 15-9 and Pawel Kraj of Indiana 15-3. Maas was stopped by Wayne State's Ramadan Dinkins 15-7 in the round of 16.

In men's sabre, Tim Parker took 10th for the Vikings and Ben Kelsey was 11th. Parker was a seeded fencer and started the elimination bouts with a 15-4 win over Nikita Dulin of the University of Chicago, but he was knocked out in the round of 16 with a 15-6 loss to Michigan's Neo Li. Kelsey went 6-0 in pool play and knocked off Taicheng Chen of Denison 15-2 and Jack Walch of Michigan State 15-5 before a 15-11 loss to Blake Bradford of Ohio State in the round of 16.

The top finisher in men's epee was Alex Loundy, who was 32nd.

Wright led the Lawrence women by finishing eighth in epee. Wright started her run in the elimination bouts by topping Iowa's Megan Semans 15-1. She then beat Denison's Diyanshu Emandi 15-7 and knocked off Northwestern's Blodwen Bindas 15-12. Wright was finally stopped with a 15-6 loss to Julia Falinska of Northwestern in the quarterfinals.

Allison Kim and Lexi Praxl led the Vikings in sabre by finishing 12th and 17th, respectively. Kim started the elimination bouts with a 15-2 win over Xavier's Samantha Tibbets and then topped Purdue's Katie Mao 15-5 before being eliminated by Northwestern's Abby Tartell 15-5 in the round of 16. Praxl was perfect in pool play with a 6-0 record. She started the elimination bouts with a 15-0 shutout of Xavier's Emily Armstrong but lost a tight 15-13 decision to Chicago's Izzy Allum in the round of 32.

Bea Gee was Lawrence's top finisher in foil as she placed 28th.

The MFC Championships conclude Sunday with the team competition.