Galveston fencer Dylan Gray won the gold medal bout in two different events at the Jean Laffite Classic fencing tournament held Saturday, September 28th. He is also 10 years old.
Gray won the Youth 10 & Under Mixed Foil and Youth 10 & Under Mixed Epee events. In the epee events, he was among familiar clubmates. In the gold medal direct elimination bout he faced off against Maia Adolphs, who had given him his only defeat in the round robin pools. In the foil event, he not only had to face other island fencers but contenders from the Ft. Bend Fencing Academy and from Salle Mauro, based in Bellaire. Gray won the gold medal bout against Ark Ma from Ft. Bend, 10-5.
David Fielder of the Ft. Bend Fencing Academy won both the Youth 12 & Under Foil and Epee events.
Galveston fencer Kathy Machol won the trophy for Women’s Epee. Willow Shaw of Ft. Bend won the Women’s Foil event.
Gordon Gates of the Brazosport Fencing Club in Lake Jackson won the Mixed Epee competition. William Pybus of the Bayou City Fencing Academy won the mixed Sabre competition. In the Mixed Foil event, Elizabeth Chiang of Salle Mauro took first place with Eric Chen of the Clear Lake Fencing Club taking second.
In addition to adult and youth events, the tournament had events for novice fencers, those who have been fencing for one year or less. The Youth 12 & Under Novice Foil event, with eight competitors, was won by Aliyah Efotte of Houston. Aidan Holcomb of the Galveston Fencing Club took second. The third place tie was split by two Clear Lake Fencing Club competitors, Zayd Latheef and Eddie Canales III.
The teen/adult Mixed Novice Foil event, with nine competitors, was won by Tiffany Au of Ft. Bend. Galveston fencer Malachi Morell took second. Kiernan Toohey (Galveston FC) and Jordan Major (Clear Lake FC) shared the tie for third.
The Novice Epee competition was won by Kaleb Abbt of Ft. Bend, with Austin Bailey of Brazosport taking second.
The Galveston Fencing Club will host the Gulf Coast Division’s qualifying competitions for the 2014 Junior Olympics Fencing Championships on Saturday, December 7.
The Galveston Fencing Club meets Monday and Wednesday evenings in the gym at the O’Connell School. Classes for fencers ages 8-12 are held from 6:15-7:15 PM. Teen/adult classes are held from 7:30-8:30 PM. For more information you can email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org. The club has a website, http://galvestonfencing.2itb.com/ and may be found on Facebook.