Fencing tournament draws international competitors to Prescott
A tournament record 124 fencers competed at Prescott High School in the Prescott Fall Classic fencing tournament over Labor Day weekend. Participants included fencers from Russia, Serbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as six states: Maryland, Minnesota, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.
A strong contingent of Saber fencers, primarily from Chandler's Fencers Club of Arizona and led by the Arizona Fencing Division president William Becker, won all medals in the three saber events.
USA Fencing Hall of Fame member Dan DeChaine, recently back from the World Championships in Russia, served as tournament armorer, regulating electric weapons and scoring equipment.
Twenty fencers from the local fencing club, Salle d'Escrime of Prescott, competed including the following, who won medals:
Gold: Youth Foil 12 & under, Sterling Thogersen; Youth Foil 14 & under, Braeden Waples.
Silver: Youth Foil 12 & under, Cassie Andradottir; Youth Foil 14 & under, Charlton Cornelius.
Bronze: Junior Foil, Henry Villani; Youth Foil 12 & under, Victoria Riley and Jaden King; Youth Foil 14 & under, Seth Rollin and Jared Bean; Youth Epee 12 & under, Cassie Andradottir; Youth Epee 14 & under, Breonah Semke and Braeden Waples.
In the highly competitive Open Foil event, two local fencers, Henry Villani and Eric Thogersen, earned E-level national ratings.
Other local fencers competing were Jacob Bean, Isaac Bean, Josh Bodine, Lucas Bloomenstein-Boos, Thea Cline, James Mews, Casey Raisley, Donovan Ratajaski, Andrew Senseney and Eric Underwood.