Nov. 3, 2012
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Academy's fencers were host to the annual Falcon Open today, Saturday, Nov. 3. The day's highlight included Nathan Sorensen defending his men's epee title. Sorensen fenced the gold medal bout against Victor Vaggo, representing the Northern Colorado Fencing Club, winning the bout 15-11. Sorensen also won the championship title against Vaggo at the New Mexico Open in October. In the men's saber championship bout, Adam Marcinkowski fought a tough bout against his opponent, Jospeh Crockett. Crockett won the bout 15-10.
Sorensen advanced through pools after receiving a bye; he then went on to win his remaining bouts 15-9, 15-14, 15-11, 15-8 and the title bout 15-11. Marcinkowski also received a bye and advanced through the remaining bouts 15-9, 15-10, 15-13, losing the final bout 10-15.
Also in Saturday's events in senior women's saber, Desirae Ionata finished in eighth place, Leila AbdulRazaq followed in ninth place. Allison Egan and Stephanie Sarabia finished in 12th and 13th place, respectively.
Also in men's epee, Dalton Boatright placed 13th and John Dilorenzo placed 14th. Andrew Daugherty placed 46th, while Robert Chado and Michael Joo placed 49th and 51st, respectively, in the 52-man tournament.
In senior women's epee, Angelica Phillips placed eighth and Olivia Prosseda placed 10th. Jessica Steuber placed 17th and Rachel Evans, Tara Zartman and Samantha Castanien finished 22nd, 23rd and 25th, respectively, in the 25-woman tournament.
Following Marcinkowski's second-place finish in men's saber, Scott Pippin finished in fifth place and Ryan Redhead placed sixth. Emerson Woerner and Matthew Bergstedt finished 10th and 11th place, respectively, in the field of 25 fencers.
The Falcon Open continues on Sunday, Nov. 4.