All the Dark Horse cadet age fencers used Friday’s late afternoon scrimmage to help bounce them to qualify for the Division 2/3 foil event and or the Y-14 foil event at US Fencing’s Summer Nationals, San Jose, CA in July. The qualification events for Division 2/3 foil occurred on 21 March, and the Y-14 events occurred on Sunday, 22 March.
First quarterfinal match was between 4th seed, Emma “Doc” Bone and 5th seed, Gavin “Giorgio Avola” Cornell. “Doc” built a strong early lead, 12-4, by the second period before “Giorgio” mounted a serious comeback, three points at-a-time. With eight second remaining in the second of three, three minute fencing periods, “Doc” still held what appeared to be a insurmountable lead, 14-10. Instead of closing out the match with a fast attack to keep thirsty “Giorgio A” from a water break, “Doc” chose not to risk an attack now and thus allowed “Giorgio” to escape to refresh for the third period. It was a fatal mistake. Refreshed now, “Giorgio” brought the venue to a calm silence as all fencers stopped their competitions to come watch a spectacular comeback. Five straight points — Gavin “Giorgio Avola” Cornell — staged the finest comeback in Dark Horse history, 15-14, before the eyes of everyone that afternoon!
The first semifinal match occurred between Carter “Panther Joppich” Harrison and Nicholas “Miles C-W” Dunn. Both fencers exchanged points through the first four, then “Miles” went on a six point tear, 10-4. “Panther” clawed back, 13-14. Then with an amazing surge he tore the flesh off “Miles” with two straight points to win just as spectacularly as Gavin did in his match, 15-14. What a valorous scrimmage!
Next up, the semifinal match between #1 seed, Paul “Brisco Baldini” Anderson and #5 seed Gavin “Giorgio Avola” Cornell. Through the first minute of the first period the fencers exchanged points, 3-3. Then Brisco surged for four more to end the first period with a 7-3 lead. For the first minute of the second period the fencers again exchanged a pair of scores, 9-5, before Brisco busted the second period wide open with a run of five consecutive scores to make the score, 14-5. Giorgio mustered a pair of scores in reply, but Brisco was playing a solid second intention game, which enabled him to score the final point, 15-7.
Final match #1 seeded Baldini versus #3 seeded Joppich. Both fencers chose to play second intention; however the quick, light touch Baldini controlled distance, established an early lead and succeeded to build upon it, never losing the lead to Joppich. FInal score, Paul “Brisco Baldini” Anderson, 15, Carter “Panther Joppich” Harrison, 8. As scrimmage champion, Brisco won the “Sworn to Valor” t-shirt.