AFA Fencers Finish in Top Eight of Nick Toth Open
The Academy's fencing team hosted the annual Nick Toth Open on Saturday. Eight Falcons finished in the top eight of the mixed weapon competitions. C1C Seth Kelsey and C4Cs Jackson Ranes, Nick Mosca and Tim French were the Falcons' top four competitors.
Kelsey was the epee champion and Ranes was the No. 2 finisher. Ranes, from Las Vegas, Nev., fenced well enough to be a threat to Kelsey's top position in the tournament. However, it was Kelsey who prevailed with the final touch of the weapon to win the bout.
"Air Force had a strong performance in epee with fencers finishing in the top four, sabre took three of the top eight spots, and foil had two fencers in the top eight," C1C Elia Burrill said. Burrill, who is the team captain finished 17th in the mixed epee.
In foil, AFA's Mosca finished second. First place went to Nick Chinman, a fencer from the Northern Colorado Fencing Club. A fencer from the Colorado Fencing Association, Nickolay Logatchov, was the sabre champion, while the No. 2 spot went to Archil Lortkipandze of the Denver Fencing Club.
Also in the top eight was AFA's French, a freshman from Austin, Texas, who tied for third in epee with a fencer from Cheyenne. Teammate Anthony Pryor finished sixth. Team captain C1C Sean Recame finished sixth in the foil. In sabre, C1C Jared Parks finished fifth, while C4C Sam Bartron, from Albany, N.Y., finished sixth and C2C Sean Blas took the No. 7 position.
The Falcons' top female finishers were Andrea Rix, who finished 16th in sabre, Justine Parks, who finished 20th in foil and Burrill, who finished 17th in epee.