Academy fencers take top finishes at home opener
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLO. - (Sept. 14, 2013): The Air Force's Academy's fencers opened the season hosting the Nick Toth Open today at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium. Today's events include the Senior Men's Epee, Foil and Saber. The Academy's top finishers were James Salem, epee, Ryan Redhead saber and Alexander Chiang, foil.
Senior Men's Competition Recap: Advancing from the men's epee, table 64 pools to the direct elimination (DE) (top/table 32) were Air Force fencers, Alexander Pollack and James Salem. Also fencing in epee were Robert Chado, Alexander Elwers, Michael Joo, Andrew Daugherty and Elias Johnson.
Salem advanced to the top 8 following his 15-7 victory in table 16. Salem won the bout,15-8, and advanced to the semi round where he lost 5-15. He finished tied for third place. Pollack advanced to the top 8 with a 15-9 win. In that pool, Pollack was eliminated after losing a close bout, 12-15, to his opponent from Northern Colorado Fencing. He finished 16th overall. Also finishing were Elias Johnson 21st, Elwers 40th, Chado 55T and Joo who finished 58th.
Advancing to the men's saber semi round were Redhead, coming off a 15-11 bout, and Emerson Woerner, who advanced with a 15-8 victory. Following the semis, Redhead advanced to the finals with a 15-7 win. His opponent, Connor Ritchey from Denver, advanced with a 15-11 win over Woerner. It was Redhead vs. Ritchey, in what was a strong final bout. Redhead lost, 11-15, to his opponent.
Redhead finished as the saber runner up, while Woerner, who lost in the semis, finished tied for third place. Matthew Bergstedt, who was eliminated in table 16 with an 8-15 loss, finished in 10th place.
Chiang received a BYE and advanced to the senior men's foil DE rounds, where he advanced with a 15-4 victory. Chiang advanced through the rounds, 15-4, 15-9, 15-12. He won the championship title holding a tight lead on his opponent, 15-4. Also fencing foil were Joshua Hayden, Garrett Turley and Daniel Johnson, who were eliminated in the DEs. The final placements in foil were Chiang, first, Turley, 10T, Hayden, 13th and Daniel Johnson 16th.
Next up is the Amarillo Open in Texas, Sept. 28-29