Boaz Ellis was born on October 15, 1981 in Tzippori, a moshav in Israel. He attended Chaklai Nahalal High School, where he competed in association football (soccer), and in track as a sprinter. In 2003 Ellis enrolled at the Ohio State University, where he majored in finance. He began competing under head coach Vladimir Nazlymov. Ellis won his first 34 bouts, and finished with a 37–1 record. He was twice an Academic All-conference selection in the Big Ten, is a 3-time All-American, and has won three OSU scholar-athlete honors.
Ellis is a 5-time Israeli national champion. He joined the Israeli national fencing team at the age of 16. Ellis won the silver medal at the World Cup in 2000 and 2001. Ellis won the 2004 championship by defeating Yale sophomore Cory Werk. Ellis' performance also helped Ohio State win the team NCAA title that year. He repeated as NCAA champion in foil in 2005, after an 18–4 season. Ellis repeated again in 2006, his junior year, after a 20–1 season. He and teammate Adam Crompton (sabre) became the first Ohio State athletes since diver Lou Vitucci to win three individual NCAA championships.
- "Ohio State University: Fencing". Ohiostatebuckeyes.com. June 29, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
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