Holy Trinity’s Sands wins Epee event at first-ever high school fencing tournament


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Mason Sands, (left) a junior at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, won the boys (u19) epee event at the Central Florida High School Fencing Championship, the first-ever tournament strictly for high school fencers. Pictured next to Sand are (from l-4) Travis Carlson, Li Liam, William Macom II, Eli Bohin and Carli Schoon.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Daniel Bucur

The inaugural Central Florida High School Fencing Championship held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy last weekend was a big hit.

Twenty fencers from all over the state showed up for the event, which was billed as the first-ever fencing competition held strictly for high school fencers.

“I thought it was a very good turnout for the first tournament,” said Daniel Bucur, owner and operator of the Genesis Fencing Club in Melbourne.

Bucur helped organize the event along with Greg Arthur of Iron Works Fencing in Viera and Jim Lane, who is the Vice Chairman of the Central Florida Division of the United States Fencing Association

“The word will spread eventually and more will come,” Bucur said. “The parents of the fencers were very pleased with the location, the referees and the whole ambiance. They all said at the very end that they would come back for the next one.”

Mason Sands, a junior at Holy Trinity and a member of the Genesis Fencing Club, won the boy’s Epee event. Travis Carlson of Orlando finished second. Li Liam, who is member of the fencing club Bucur started at Holy Trinity last August, tied for third.

GFC members William Macom II, Eli Bohim and Carli Schoon took up the next finishing spots with Dylan Freeman of Ion Works coming in seventh.

The boys foil event was won by Devin Bracci of the D’Alerta Fencing Academy in Winter Springs. Top local finishers included Tyler Leve from Iron Works (third), Julian Becka from GFC (fifth), Freeman (sixth), Chris Tirelli (seventh) of Iron Works and Bronwyn Rees from GFC.

In girls Epee, it was Carli Schon of Satellite Beach High taking the top spot. Kasey FriedenReich of Holy Trinity was second and Reese third.

“It’s was very exciting,” Sands said. “I always find the most fulfilling matches are the most difficult and this definitely was difficult. It was pretty difficult to progress and every bout that I fought was ... sort of an uphill battle, but I managed to win all of them.

“I think the Holy Trinity team itself did a very good job. A lot of the fencers had only been fencing for five, six months, but they were getting second and third place in the awards ceremony.

“.. I’m really hoping this one takes off,’ he said. “We had a really good showing.”

Bucur said he plans to hold another Central Florida championship tournament this fall.