Air Force Fencing Earns Top Finishes at Amarillo Open
James Salem
Oct. 4, 2015

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Air Force fencers battled it out at the Amarillo College Open October 3rd and 4th.  The men's and women's squads from USAFA secured top spots in several events.  Colorado Springs native James Salem finished first in Epee.  Five falcons earned national ratings at the tournament.  Salem re-earned his "A" classification - the highest rating given in the nation - due to the strength of the competition.  Junior Epee was won by Nathan LeeRyan Redhead won the Saber event.  First place in the Junior Foil went to Nick Pollack.

Falcon women making the finals include Logan Long, who placed tied for third in the Epee event, and Nicole Quattrociocchi who placed eighth in the Foil event and third in the Junior Foil event.

In the senior mixed epee tournament, Air Force senior fencer and No. 2 seed, James Salem went undefeated to win first place in a pool of 32 competitors and earning an A2015 rating.  Competing against Salem in the championship was Air Force junior fencer Elias Johnson, who finished runner-up in the pool. No. 8 seed Johnson tallied a victory over No. 1 seed Derek Nusz in the final eight.  Sophomore No. 3 seed Nathan Lee of Air Force tied for third making it to the final four where he was be bested by teammate James Salem.

Also competing in the senior mixed epee was senior Falcon fencer Robert Chado (8th), who made it to the final eight.  Other Air Force competitors were Cameron Sullivan (10th), Alexander Elwers (11th), Logan Long (17th), Sara Cook (29th), Jackie Orcutt (30th), Schaeffer McHenry (33rd), and Silvia Seraly (34th).

In the senior mixed saber tournament, Air Force senior fencer and No. 1 seed Ryan Redhead bested his teammate in the championship to earn a first place finish out of 11 competitors.  In the runner-up spot was No. 2 seed senior Falcon fencer Matthew Bergstedt.  Junior fencer Ryan Andrieux finished tied for third.

Also competing in the senior mixed saber was Air Force fencers Lauren Sides (6th), Lydia Kim (8th), and Erin Cochran (11th).

Air Force fencer No. 2 seed Nicholas Pollack earned a first place finish in the junior mixed foil tournament.  Teammates Nicole Quattrociocchi and Morgan Geneste finished tied for third.

Also competing in the junior mixed foil for Air Force was Kainoa Chun-Moy (11th), Michael Bonneau (13th),  Meicie Bennet (15th), Elianna Ryan (16th).

Nathan Lee earned a first place finish in the junior epee tournament trailed by teammate runner-up Cameron Sullivan.  The Falcon's took the top two spots out of 13 competitors.

Rounding out the Falcon's competition in the senior women's epee tournament, junior Falcon fencer Logan Long finished tied for third. Air Force fencers Jackie Orcutt and Schaeffer McHenry finished sixth and seventh respectfully, in a pool of 17.

Also competing in the senior women's epee tournament was Sara Cook (15th) and Silvia Seraly (16th).

Air Force fencing will continue action in Richmond, Virginia on Oct. 9-12 for the 2015 Division I, 2 NAC fencing tournament.  Following the Div. I, 2 NAC, Air Force will host the Falcon Open on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Center Gym in Cadet Gymnasium, USAF Academy, Colo.

2015 Amarillo Open Air Force Results
Oct. 3-4, 2015

Senior Mixed Epee
1 James Salem
2 Elias Johnson
T3 Nathan Lee
8 Robert Chado
10 Cameron Sullivan
11 Alexander Elwers
17 Virginia Long
29 Sara Cook
30 Jackie Orcutt
33 Schaeffer McHenry
34 Silvia Saraly

Senior Mixed Saber
1 Ryan Redhead

2 Matthew Bergstedt
T3 Ryan Andrieux
6 Lauren Sides
8 Lydia Kim
11 Erin Cochran

Senior Women's Epee
T3 Logan Long
6 Jackie Orcutt

7 Schaeffer McHenry
15 Sara Cook
16 Silvia Seraly

Senior Mixed Foil
1 Nicholas Stockdale

2 Nicholas Pollack
7 Morgan Geneste
8 Nicole Quattorciocchi
10 Waverly Hock
12 Kainoa Chun-Moy
15 Michael Bonneau
16 Elianna Ryan
17 Meicie Bennet

Junior Men's Epee
1 Nathan Lee
2 Cameron Sullivan

Junior Mixed Foil
1 Nicholas Pollack

T3 Nicole Quattrociocchi
T3 Morgan Geneste
11 Kainoa Chun-Moy
13 Michael Bonneau
15 Meicie Bennett
16 Elianna Ryan




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