The Bergen Saber Open was this past weekend. We had 2 of our fencers participate in this event. Tristan Dubin and Ian Shultis placed 18th and 20th respectively. This was a tough tournament with competitors like Ben Igoe and Mike Etropolski participating. Ben is currently 2nd in the country and Mike is currently 10th in the country.
Ian’s first match was easily won, but he had a tough time from there. Ben Igoe was his second match. Ian made a good attack in the bout, but Ben’s height advantage and experience proved too much for Ian. Ian lost his other pool bouts and had to fence Denis Dukhvalov in his first DE. Ian and Denis had a good match, but Denis pulled ahead in the second period to win. Denis lost to Ben Igoe in the next DE.
Tristan also won one of his pool bouts and lost the other three. Tristan’s matches were close and he was making some good actions. He had a close bout against Adam Lewicki but ended up losing 5-4. Tristan also had to fence Igor Dukhvalov and Charles Copti. Tristan’s first DE was against “A” rated saber fencer Andrew Stetsiv. Tristan scored 7 touches in this bout, but Andrew’s speed and experience was more than Tristan could handle that day.
All in all I would say our fencers did well. The main goal for them at this event was to practice and that is exactly what they did. Results can be found here. You can also see videos from the competition on our YouTube channel.