Fayetteville’s Fencers Cross Swords During the Lafayette Festival
The Lafayette Open marked the start of the competition season for Fayetteville’s fencers at the All-American Fencing Academy. Fencers from Fayetteville, Apex, Durham, Raleigh and Wilmington came out to compete.
In the foil event, John Murray is off to a running start this year nearly going undefeated in the preliminary rounds and losing only one bout to Jason Dupertuis from Durham’s Mid-South Fencers Club.
“My goal this year is to earn a rating,” said Murray.
In the sport of fencing, fencers earn rating by winning or placing high in tournaments. An “A” rating is highest, while an “E” is the lowest.
In the elimination rounds, Murray lost to Emily Winstead (whom he defeated in the preliminary rounds) to secure a third place win. Winstead, from the Raleigh Fencers Club, will go on to defeat Dupertuis in the final round to take first place.
Jack Santini was the only other representative from the All-American Fencing Academy. Santini placed 8th in the foil event.
The All-American Fencing Academy has also started a new epee program led by former Texas Gold Blade Fencing Center’s fencer, Maya Cameron. Coach Cameron’s epee fencers have progressed at an exponential rate since starting early during the summer.
Three of Coach Cameron’s fencers, Matthew Harris, Ashley Havens and Madeline Hanna competed in the epee event.
While Madeline Hanna was a veteran fencer, having fenced for many years. This was Harris’ and Havens’ first tournament. However, despite their freshman status, Harris and Havens both appeared to have years of experience on the strip.
“They moved well…they moved like fencers. They didn’t look like they were stuck like a deer in headlights. This is a testament to All-American Fencing Academy’s coaching staff,” stated Coach Gerhard Guevarra, All-American Fencing Academy’s owner.
In the preliminary rounds, Hanna, Harris and Havens all posted an impressive 3 wins each, out-scoring all but one other fencer in the tournament. Both Harris and Hanna had height which worked to their advantage. Havens, despite being the shortest, had the tenacity to score several defensive and offensive touches.
The elimination rounds had a tie for 1st seed, including All-American Fencing Academy’s Harris and Apex Fencing Academy’s William Baker.
In the elimination rounds, 4th seed Havens will fall to 5th seed Elli Moreno from Apex Fencing Academy. Moreno will also move on and defeat 1st seed Harris, securing a 3rd place win for Harris.
Meanwhile, in the same round, Hanna upsets the other 1st seed Baker and continue to face Moreno in the final round. Apex’s Moreno defeats Fayetteville’s Hanna in a close 15-13 win.
All-American Fencing Academy Now Offering All 3 Olympic Styles
The modern Olympic sport of fencing features 3 weapons: foil, epee and sabre. The All-American Fencing Academy has predominantly been a foil school with some epee stand-outs.
Recently, Coach Maya Cameron has started to produce strong epee fencers that are posting comparable results to the academy’s foil fencers.
The All-American Fencing Academy will now be offering sabre classes coached by Grant Shymske from Tri-Blade Fencing of North Carolina. The All-American Fencing Academy is now accepting teen and adults interested in sabre fencing.
If you are interested in taking beginner classes in the FASTEST fencing discipline, please contact the All-American Fencing Academy at 910-644-0137 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.