The Keystone College Fencing Club (KCFC) recently hosted its first two U.S. Fencing sanctioned tournaments. The epee E1 rated tournament was held on Saturday, April 15 and the foil E1 rated tournament was held Saturday, April 22. Members from both KCFC and its sister club, Scranton Prep Fencing Club, competed in both tournaments, along with fencers from outside the area.
In epee, Keystone freshman Charles Seeley took gold, assistant coach John Minora took silver, and alumnus Sunney Hardler took bronze. Winner Seeley renewed his e-classification for epee, the first step towards a national ranking.
For foil, freshman Charles Seeley took gold, alumnus Sunney Hardler took silver, and community fencer Dana Gadaire took bronze. Winner Seeley also earned an e-classification in foil, again placing him on the first step of national ranking in this weapon.
Holding US Fencing sanctioned events requires US Fencing certified referees. After many years of training programs, KCFC now has several. The group looks forward to training additional US Fencing certified referees which will allow for the College to host larger sanctioned tournaments, and continue the growth of fencing at Keystone and in the surrounding area. KCFC is pleased to be producing fencers who can climb the ladder of national rankings, in addition to our members’ past performances competing at Junior Olympics and fencing nationals.