On March 3rd, four of our cadet and junior BC athletes traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to represent Canada at the 2018 Pan American Championships. Alex Sun and Hunter Moricz competed in separate sabre events, while we had Fynn Fafard and Sadler McIntosh both fencing for a Junior Men’s Epee title.
Alex Sun fenced on the first day of the competition in Cadet men’s sabre, and started off the BC results well by finishing 7th overall. Sun had an initial seed of 21st going into the event, and moved up to 12th after achieving 4 victories and only 2 losses in his poule. His first direct elimination was against Manuel Arce (MEX) who was seeded 21st, where Sun fought for a 15-14 victory. In the round of 16, he faced Roberto Mosalva (CHI), winning 15-11 and securing him a spot in the top 8. The next bout, however, Sun ran into fellow team Canada teammate Nicholas Dinu (CAN), where he was unfortunately defeated 15-8.
Our next BC fencer to compete was Hunter Moricz in Junior Men’s Sabre on March 6th. Moricz started out the event seeded 4th, and came out of his poule with 5 victories and only 1 loss to Brandon Romo (MEX). Going into DE’s, Moricz was seeded 6th, and his first bout was against Emiliano Eli Aalazar Aguilar (MEX). Despite his opponent’s 27th seeding, Moricz lost the top 32 bout 9-15 to the Mexican. He finished the event with a 17th place result, but he still had another chance at a medal in the Junior Men’s Sabre Team competition.
On March 8th, it was Fynn Fafard and Sadler McIntosh’s turns to fence for Canada and BC. Fynn was seeded 11th before poules, and pulled out a 5-1 result, losing only one bout to Gabriel Tabasta (VEN). In the direct elimination , Fafard’s 5th place seeding handed him a BYE straight into the round of 32. In his first DE he had to fence his Canadian teammate Steven Grams, where he came out victorious 15-8. His top 16 bout was against 12th place seeded Aldo Sanchez (MEX), where he lost 15-12. This top 16 finish gave Fafard a 10 place finish overall in the event.
Sadler McIntosh started the day in 28th place position, finishing poules with 4 wins and 2 losses. In 64’s, McIntosh’s 17th place seeding was enough to give him a BYE through the round, and directly into 32’s. His first bout was against Jorge Valderrama (CHI), where the Chilean defeated out BC fencer 15-12. McIntosh concluded the competition with a 20th place result.
March 9th was the last day of competition for our BC fencers, with Moricz competing one last time in Junior Men’s Sabre Team. Alongside him was Angelo Chiara, Pierre-Frederic Kaluza, and Spencer McPhedran. The team was seeded 2nd going into the event, only one below the top ranked USA team. Their first bout was against 7th seeded Puerto Rico, where our Canadians won 45-33. In the semi-finals Canada face Mexico, who had defeated Argentina in the round of 8. Canada won a close 45-43 bout against Mexico to put them through to the final against USA. Despite Canada’s strong wins throughout the event, they fell 27-45 against the United States in the gold medal bout. So, the Moricz and the team finished their Pan American competition with silver medals to bring home. Congratulations boys!
We would like to congratulate the boys on their results and all of their hard work, and wish them the best of luck with their qualifications for the 2018 Cadet and Junior World Championships in April! Well done to all of our Canadian fencers!