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910Rec: All-American Fencing Academy opens 2014 season

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:30 pm
By: Jaclyn Shambaugh
From Fayetteville Observer Online

Father and daughter pair Chris and Jerica Ruminski sweep tourney
The All-American Fencing Academy held their first tournament of the season Saturday, Aug. 23.

Many youth fencers and veteran competitors returned for a new season, but All-American Fencing Academy’s new fencing master, coach Paul Uyleman, also introduced new fencers into the pool.

Austin Stewart and Avery Chumley both started fencing two months ago under the instruction of Uyleman, one of North Carolina’s handful of United States Fencing Coaches Association certified fencing masters.

“It was great to see new fencers,” AAFA owner and coach Gerhard Guevarra said. “They did very well at their first tournament, were confident and having fun. I knew they were in great hands with our new coach.”

While Stewart finished the pool play with three wins, Chumley finished 6-1, with the only loss coming against eventual champion, Jerica Ruminski.

Veteran fencer and several times champion Gabriel Guevarra also finished the pools with one loss against Chumley, while Ruminski dropped two bouts against Guevarra and teammate Jodi Morrison.

In the semifinals top seed Guevarra breezed through a bout against Stewart, who was in fifth place, while Ruminski upset second seed Chumley.

Guevarra and Ruminski, the third seed, once again faced each other in the finals. In their last tournament, Guevarra defeated Ruminski in the finals to win the End of Season Tournament Championship in June. Guevarra was also coming from a string of five consecutive first place wins.

“Jerica is a very athletic, determined, and competitive fencer,” Gerhard Guevarra said. “She’s wonderful to have in class and a wonderful competitor.”

In the end, Ruminski came out on top, while Coach Paul’s students, Chumley and Stewart tied for third.

Elder Ruminski takes gold in teen/adult division
Meanwhile, in the teen and adult tournament, veteran competitors were returning for a new season and new students got a taste of competition.

Two women’s fencers, Inez Page and Melea Stoltenberg, dominated the preliminary round.

In the preliminary rounds, Page took first and Stoltenberg took second, both with an equal number of wins. Chris Ruminski, Jerica’s father, took third with two wins in the preliminary rounds.

In the elimination rounds, Ruminski managed to upset top seed Page in the semi-finals. Second seed Stoltenberg went undefeated entering the finals against Ruminski.

In a close bout and final score of 15-11, Ruminski pulled out a win against a tough and seasoned Stoltenberg. Final standings were Ruminski in first, Stoltenberg in second, and Page and Nicholas Schnarr tied for third.

Annual Lafayette-Rulnick Open
The All-American Fencing Academy fencers are now gearing up for the Annual Lafayette-Rulnick Open on Sept. 5-6. The tournament will also feature fencers from other North Carolina clubs.

The event is free and open for public spectators. Youth fencers will fence Friday evening, starting at 6 p.m. The teens and adults fence on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.