DALLAS, TX — The Summer National Championships produced a bronze and two fifth place medals for Royal Arts Fencing Academy fencers attending the annual event hosted this year in downtown Dallas, Texas by the United States Fencing Association.
Tierna Oxenreider, 12, of Reynoldsburg earned a bronze medal in the Youth 12 Women’s Epee competition. She has been fencing for five years. She is currently number eleven in the country in her age group. Oxenreider earned a bronze at last year’s national championship in San Jose, California.
Harry Ditullio, 16, of Bexley earned a fifth place medal in the Division 3 Men’s Epee event and has been fencing for six years.
Attorney Joseph S. Streb of Upper Arlington won the fifth place medal veteran saber. Streb is currently number four in the county in veteran foil and number two in veteran saber. Streb is a several time national champion in veteran foil and a part of the veteran national saber team that won gold in team saber at the 2013 Veteran’s World Fencing Championships in Varna, Bulgaria. Streb made the Veteran World Foil team with his results in Dallas.
The US Fencing National Championships run the week of July 4th every year. The Dallas event cancelled Friday, July 8th events due to the unfortunate events in Dallas the previous evening.
All three fencers train at Royal Arts Sport Fencing Academy in Gahanna. Streb is coached by himself and his son, Joseph T. Streb. Oxenreider and Massick are coached by head coach Julia Richey, a 13-year member of the Russian national team, veteran national champion and several time medalist in the US. Royal Arts teaches sport fencing, historical swordsmanship, and Star Wars style lightsaber combat.
The Olympic sport of fencing consists of three weapons, foil, epee, and saber. Foil and epee are thrusting weapons where only the tip can score. Foil target is restricted to the torso while epee can hit anywhere head to toe. These weapons are based on dueling swords. The saber is a calvary style cutting weapon with a knuckle guard to protect the hand. Saber target is everything waist up. Fencing is one of four sports that has been in every modern Olympics since 1896. Epee is also a part of the modern pentathlon.
Royal Arts Sport Fencing Academy
5770 Westbourne Ave
Columbus, OH 43213