Air Force Fencers Take Top Three Spots at the Falcon Open
Nov. 6, 2010
Air Force Academy fencers Daniel Trapani (epee), Edward Wood (saber), Emerson Woerner (saber) and Scott Pippin (saber) finished in the top three spots in the 2010 Falcon Open on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Air Force Academy, Cadet Gymnasium.
In men's epee, Trapani advanced to the finals after winning the semi-final bout, 15-6, against Nathan Schrimsher from New Mexico. In the championship bout, Trapani lost, 15-13, against Gary North from South Denver Fencing Association.
In men's saber, Wood was the runner up and earned his C10 U.S. Fencing Association rating. Woerner and Pippin both tied for third place. In the final four, Pippin lost to Wood, 15-14. The win advanced Wood to the championship round where he lost to Alex Logatchov of the Colorado Fencing Association, 15-2. Woerner lost to Logatchov, 15-13, in the semis.
Finishing in the top 10 were Air Force fencers, Saskia Hicks and Kaitlyn Bogan (women's saber) both finished sixth and eighth, respectively. In men's epee, fencers Ben Rinaldi and Chase Houser finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Juli Nokleberg finished sixth and Olivia Prosseda took ninth place in women's epee. In the men's saber tournament, Michael Gallagher finished sixth.
On Sunday, Nov. 7, Nick Stockdale and Travis Dyson competed against each other in the final-four of the senior men's foil competition. Stockdale lost the bout, 14-13, and Dyson advanced to the championship round. In the final bout of the competition, it was Dyson versus Jeffrey Miller from the South Denver Fencing Association. Miller won the bout, 15-8. Dyson was the runner up and Stockdale and AFA's Daniel Cohen both tied for third place. Cohen advanced to the semis after winning a match against James Salem of the Front Range Fencing Club, 15-5. Cohen lost the in the semis to Miller, 15-10.
Also in the men's foil competition, the Falcons' Yeugeniy Shmurak finished in fifth place, while William Hock finished in eighth place.
In the senior women's foil tournament, Vianca Torres placed 10th, while Diana Hock and Heather Drephal placed 11th and 12th, respectively. In the field of 17 women, Air Force fencers Yannie Horth, Rachel Cranfill, Ashley Chung and Tara Zartman finished from 14th through 17th, respectively. .