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Fencing tournament in Prescott this weekend

Michael Fenech and Pat Waples

Michael Fenech and Pat Waples

The Prescott Fall Classic, the first tournament on the USA Fencing calendar (which started Aug. 1) will be held this Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at the Yavapai College gym on the Prescott campus.

The event will feature almost 100 competitors from Arizona and neighboring states vying for three medals in each of eight events. The ever-popular epee team event takes place late Sunday afternoon.

Events include all three weapons: sabre, foil and epee.

Each fencing year culminates with the national tournament in July. This past July, the national tournament was held in Anaheim with almost 4,000 fencers competing. Michael Fenech, a longtime Prescott fencing student who now fences for his college in Connecticut, won a third-place bronze medal in open foil. Other fencers from Prescott who qualified for and competed in the national tournament include Andrew Senseney and Henry Villani from Prescott Valley, and Casey Raisley, Ian Dwyer and Braeden Waples, all from Prescott.

The public is welcome to attend this weekend's free event.

For information on Prescott's local fencing club, Salle d'Escrime, which currently has 20 members ages 8 to 80, call Pat Waples at 776-7150.


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