The Dr. Todd Curn Memorial

 

   

Todd Curn competed for The Ohio State University varsity fencing team from 1979 - 1981 and made All American in 1981. He was the consummate "natural" fencer, equally adept left or right handed. He possessed the combined qualities of talent, intellect and flair. Upon graduation he attended medical school in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his MD there and joined the El Paso Division USFA. Tragically, at age 25, he suffered a massive heart attack which he did not survive. In memorial, his mother and step father, a prominent doctor in Mexico City commissioned the Dr. Todd Curn Memorial Men's Foil award, a 1/3 sized bronze sculpture representing Dr. Curn's fencing mask by noted sculptor E. R. Minell in 1988. The mold was broken after casting to ensure its uniqueness.  Each year the name of the winner of the event is added to the trophy. The tournament was originally called the Columbus Open and at the time was the only tournament held by Columbus Division, in order to keep its status with the national USFA organization.

 

Dr. Todd Curn

 

Dr. Todd Curn Memorial
Men's Foil Award

 

 

Men's Foil Winners

1988-1989

David Leviton

1990-1991

Stephan Schroder

1991-1992

Stephan Schroder

1992-1993

Jon Zelkowski

1992-1993

Jon Zelkowski

1993-1994

Bob Anderson

1994-1995

Bob Anderson

1995-1996

Jon Zelkowski

1996-1997

Joseph Fisher

1997-1998

Michael Cho

1998-1999

Jon Zelkowski

1999-2000

Joseph S. Streb

2000-2001

Michael Cho

2001-2002

Justin Purcell

2002-2003

Samuel Wunderlich

2003-2004

Anatolie Senic

2004-2005

Mark Hedien

2005-2006

Joseph S. Streb

2006-2007

Joseph T. Streb

2008-2009

Joseph T. Streb

2009-2010

Joseph T. Streb

2010-2011

Peter McOwen

2011-2012 Aaron Hutchison
2012-2013 Zain Shaito
2013-2014 Zain Shaito
Dr. Francis Riebel was the founder of The Ohio State University fencing team and  its first head coach in starting in 1921. He attended his undergraduate years at OSU and entered medical school in Vienna, Austria. While there he was exposed to fencing and became an avid and accomplished sabre fencer in a local club. Graduating from medical school in 1920 he returned to Columbus to begin his practice. Dr. Riebel became involved at OSU though the PE Fencing Class and began giving private lessons to students. This core of students began to fence against other students at various universities and eventually led to the establishment of fencing as a varsity sport at Ohio State. Under Riebel's tutelage the Buckeyes won back-to-back fencing championships in 1928 and 1929. Under Reibel OSU won the NCAA Fencing Championship in 1942. His student Ben Burtt was the Men's Individual NCAA fencing champion and the team's first All American in foil. In 1990 the Francis Augustus Riebel, M.D. Men's Sabre trophy was commissioned by his son, Frank Reibel Jr. and first awarded during that tournament.

  Men's Sabre Winners
1989-1990 Yuanchun Ma
1990-1991 Kevin May
1991-1992 Robert Fallenbuchl
1992-1993  William Lester
1993-1994 William Goering
1994-1995 Michael Shearer
1995-1996 Timothy Bookwalter
1996-1997 Mohamed Kabil
1998, 1999 Aaron Smith
1999-2000 John Jakelsky
2000-2001 John Jakelsky
2001-2002 Jeff Martin
2002-2003 Val Kizik
2003-2004 Joseph S. Streb
2004-2005 Joseph S. Streb
2005-2006 David Firmin
2006-2007 Joseph S. Streb
2007-2008 Joseph S. Streb
2008-2009 Samuel Lillard
2009-2010 Joseph S. Streb
2010-2011 Joseph S. Streb
2011-2012 Lyle Wiemerslage
2012-2013 Max Stearns
2013-2014 Joseph S. Streb
Mr. Charles S. Fox was an epee fencer on the OSU Fencing team from 1927-1929. He was coached by Dr. Frank Riebel and helped OSU to win consecutive Big Tem Championships in 1928 and 1929. IN 1991 Mr. Fox's two daughters Mrs. Lou Ann (Fox) Shearer and Mrs. Jacquiline (fox) Weaver commissioned the Charles S Fox Memorial Men's Epee trophy in memory of the grand times he had recounted to them from his days with the OSU Fencing Team. (As a note, Mr. Fox was an avid pheasant hunter, bus since no awards shop had a pheasant statue an eagle was deemed to be an appropriate substitute).

 
Men's Epee Winners
1990-1991 William J. Nieberding
1991-1992 Yuri G. Chtchourakov
1992-1993 Tim Hensley
1993-1994 James Krahling
1994-1995 Bill Spacy
1995-1996 George Leszko
1996-1997 George Leszko
1997-1998 Fred Hunker
1998-1999 Walter Dragonetti
1999-2000 Walter Dragonetti
2000-2001 Alexander Smerdin
2001-2002 Spenser Jones
2002-2003 Mark Hedien
2003-2004 Alexander Smerdin
2004-2005 Mark Hedien
2005-2006 Walter Dragonetti
2006-2007 Lyle Wiemerslage
2007-2008 Scott Tulleners
2008-2009 Walter Dragonetti
2009-2010 Terry Amrine
2010-2011 Fred Hunker
2011-2012 Kurt Lang
2012-2013 Narayan Pathi
2013-2014 Daniel Tafoya
Dr. Ron Weaver's commitment to fencing began at Ohio State as assistant coach in 1960-1963 after success as an OSU varsity fencer. Dr. Weaver also coached at North Carolina State, Montana and Montana State. Michael Shear was also an OSU varsity fencer from 1982-1986 and subsequently an assistant coach. Together with Bruce Gillman, Dr. Weaver and Mr. Shearer joined forces to promote a grassroots fencing program development and in 1987 founded the Salle Aramis fencing clubs. They have donated the Michael Shearer and Dr. Ron Weaver Women's Foil award in a continuing effort to recognize the grace, intelligence, athletic talent and competitive will that women of all ages bring to fencing.

 
Women's Foil Winners
1993-1994 Marion Beck
1994-1995 Rita Borbely
1995-1996 Rita Borbely
1996-1997 Andrea Ament
1997-1998 Tracie Wallis
1998-1999 Peggy Baniszewski
1999-2000 Sara Kass
2000-2001 Metta Thompson
2001-2002 Metta Thompson
2002-2003 Samantha Nemecek
2004-2004 Ann Marsh
2004-2005 Inga Wallrabenstein
2005-2006 Isabella Bonello
2006-2007 ZoŽ Hesp
2007-2008 Lilia Chen
2009-2010 Taylor McIntyre
2010-2011 Taylor McIntyre
2011-2012 Taylor McIntrye
2012-2013 Mona Shaito
2013-2014 Abigail Kaye
In 2002 the Dr. Ivan Gilbert Women's Epee award was contributed.

 
Women's Epee Winners
2001-2002 Svetlana Verulskaya
2002-2003 Eleanor Leighton
2003-2004 Ann Marsh
2004-2005 Tiffany Price
2005-2006 Jane Pozydeav
2006-2007 Jennifer Tulleners
2007-2008 Ingrid Biederman
2008-2009 (no entrants)
2009-2010 (no entrants)
2010-2011 (no entrants)
2011-2012 Rachel Hucek
2012-2013 Katarzyna Dabrowa
2013-2014 Katarzyna Dabrowa
In 2005 the Dr. Joseph S. Streb Women's Sabre award was contributed.

 
Women's Sabre Winners
2004-2005 Betty Brown
2005-2006 (no entrants)
2006-2007 (no entrants)
2007-2008 Ingrid Hopmoen
2009-2010 (no entrants)
2010-2011 Sterling Streb
2011-2012 Sterling Streb
2012-2013 Alison Miller
2013-2014 Celina Merza