First Place Fencers Medal again at Regionals in San Francisco


Five First Place Fencers descended onto the Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco off of Brotherhood Way near Lake Merced this past weekend, October 31 - November 1 for the second Regional Youth Circuit.  These youth fencers are our second (and third) generation fencers competing in saber and épée.

On Saturday, the tournament started with Matti Thurston competing in the Youth-14 Boys’ Épée.  In the 10-person field, Matti came out of the pools tied for second seed with a 3-1 pool result.  After a first-round bye, Matti defeated Coastside fencer Hunter Washington 15-10 to make top-4.  Then Matti defeated Golden Gate Fencing Center fencer Rand Hale with a decisive 15-8 score to make the gold medal round.  There, he lost to gold medalist (and his only defeat in the pool round) Arthur Le Meur.

At the same time, Maia Chamberlain was competing in the Youth-12 Girls’ Saber.  In the 6-person field, Maia finished the pool ranked 2, but had no problem defeating her first opponent, Justine Pascual from Coastside (who had defeated Maia in the pool) and then dispatched Michelle Danese from California Fencing Academy for her gold.

Later that day, Ben Yurovitsky, our Youth-10 Boys’ Saber fencer came out of the pools at a reasonable 6th out of 11 fencers.  Then in the Direct Eliminations, Ben took out three Halberstadt Fencers in a row, Jacob Mendoza, Gerardo Flores and Devon Wong respectively, to get into the gold medal round against Eric Pei from The Fencing Center.  Ben lost to Pei and took home the second silver for the day.

Even later on, Jonah “Big Kahuna” Buchwald took the Youth-12 Boys’ Saber to a new level as he mowed down the field.  Jonah started off with a perfect 6-0 in the preliminary pool, placing him squarely in first seed.  Teammate Zachary Jarvis had a very impressive 5-1 result from the pool, seeding him third going into the Direct Eliminations.

Zach defeated his first opponent, Jared Lee from Fresno before losing to Eric Pei, the same one who defeated Ben earlier in the day.  Jonah, on the other hand, easily defeated his opponents Devon Wong and Samuel Kwong before reaching the finals against James Giles from Imani Fencing Foundation in Sacramento.  There, Buchwald continued his fearless ways and took out Giles with ease.

On Sunday, Maia returned to compete in the Youth-14 Girls’ Saber.  In this event, also with a 6-person field, Maia finished the preliminary pools seeded first and then proceeded to take down her opponents, first with a 15-6 drubbing of Dewey Carey from Coastside (who gave Maia her only loss in the pool) and then a tense victory of Brenda Li from California Fencing Academy.  Maia came home with her second gold for the tournament.

The net result?  Two silvers, three golds.  Next major event is the Kansas City NAC next weekend.  Can they beat the RYC results?  You betcha!

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