“Storm’n” Morgan blows through competition at St. George the Dragonslayer Foil Fencing Tournament
On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Sam “Storm’n” Morgan won the foil event on the second day of the fencing tournament hosted by Dark Horse Fencing Club , which is held to commemorate the feast day of St George. Storm’n blew through the preliminary round winning all six of his bouts, which earned him #1 seed for the direct elimination round 10-point bouts.
The first quarter-finals match was between #3 seed, Paul “Brisco” Anderson, and #6 seed Victor “X-man” Kriska. Brisco’s long-standing competitive experience was too much for X-man, who is in his first season of fencing. Brisco won the match 10-2.
Following them was the match between #2 seed, Nicholas “Thornblade” Dunn and Carter “Panther” Harrison, #7 seed. Behind 3-1, Panther changed his parry technique. It had an immediate positive effect. Panther leaped ahead 9-5 before the end of the first period. Thornblade composed himself and came back for the second period with a new tactic. He used his ability to control distance to keep Panther’s ripostes at bay. Unable to reach his prey, Panther could not score the final point. Instead, Thornblade’s counter-ripostes found Panther’s metallic hide for five unanswered points and the kill, 10-9.
In the semi-finals, Storm’n defeated Emma “Doc” Bone, #5 seed, 8-7. Doc led most of the way through the match and at one point was sailing along comfortably with a 7-2 lead — the calm before the storm. Suddenly, Storm’n bore down with gale force ripostes and scored the next six unanswered points to win the match as time expired.
The other semi-final match was between Brisco and Thornblade. Thornblade used a different tactic on Brisco. Instead of fencing Brisco long-range, which is also Brisco’s forte, Thornblade opted to fight inside, drawing Brisco into in-fighting situations where he could leverage his superior in-fighting experience and quick staccato ripostes. Unable to see and parry Thornblade’s ripostes, Brisco succumbed 10-8.
Y-10 Fence-off: Carter and Victor fenced off one more time. The winner of the 10-point match would win an electric foil donated by Coach Emeritus Franklin. X-man held off Panther, 4-3, to win the foil.
Storm’n, a lefty, fenced Thornblade, a righty. Both were 14-yr olds. A great prize was at stake. The champion would win a Viniti FIE maraging electric foil blade –Best in Class. Thornblade had been struggling all day against lefties. In the preliminary bout, Storm’n shut him out, 5-0. Once again, Thornblade could not present the combinations of tactics to draw Storm’n into his strength. Final score: 10-5.
1 Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, Y-14 & U-16 champion, Viniti FIE maraging electric foil blade –Best in Class
2) Nicholas “Thornblade” Dunn, Absolute Ultra FIE maraging foil blade
3) Paul “Brisco” Anderson Y-12 champion, Absolute Advanced Gold Elect Foil Blade
Victor “X-man” Kriska Y-10 champion, electric foil