State College, Pa. — Sam Moelis registered an outstanding 18-4 record in the team competition to earn the second seed in the men's foil semi-finals and fenced all the way to the men's foil championship bout where he met he met his match as he fell to No. 1 seed, Notre Dame's Nick Itkin. Moelis defeated his teammate Sidarth Kumbla in the semi-finals to reach the final.
Moelis did not quit. The sophomore trailed 9-2 after the first round and rattled off 6 touches in the second to force a third round, where Itkin got the winning touch at 15-8.
This is the second straight year that a Columbia men's foilist is the NCAA Runner-Up, as Nolen Scruggs made it to the championship bout last year as well.
In his first NCAAs, Kumbla went an incredible 17-5 to finish in third place and punch his ticket to the semi-final round.
Overall the duo registered 35 victories for Columbia, dropping just nine bouts in two days of competition. Both Moelis and Kumbla are first-team All-Americans.
Columbia finished second in the team competition, as Notre Dame captured their second consecutive national title. The Lions never gave up. The team went 30-16 on the final day and actually outscored Notre Dame by two.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Notre Dame - 185
2. Columbia - 170
3. Ohio State - 147
In men’s epee, Gabe Canaux had a great 6-2 final day and went 15-8 overall to finish in sixth place and earn a second team All-American nod. Porter Hesslegrave went 12-11 in two days and finished as an Honorable Mention All-American in 12th place. This was the final NCAA Championships for this senior duo.
After a rough day 1 of competition, first-year Dawson Sieradzky rebounded to go 5-3 in his final eight bouts of men’s sabre. Calvin Liang finished his third NCAA’s in ninth place at 14-9 to earn Honorable Mention All-American Honors.
Columbia had four first team All-Americans in NCAA Champion Iman Blow, NCAA Runner-Up Sam Moelis, as well as third place finishers Sidarth Kumbla and Sylvie Binder. Seniors Katie Angen '18BC and Gabe Canaux were second team All-Americans. Lena Johnson '18BC , Calvin Liang and Porter Hesslegrave earned Honorable Mention All-America.
Men’s final results
2. Sam Moelis 18-4
T-3. Sidarth Kumbla 17-5
- Gabe Canaux – 15-8
12.Porter Hesslegrave – 12-11
- Calvin Liang – 14-9
17. Dawson Sieradzky – 8-15