Owen had a great fencing tournament … but his run was stalled before the semis when he ran into a kid almost four years older and about 14″ taller!! Despite that, he won the first bout of the elimination round (there are three bouts in an elimination match), then took his opponent to match point before losing the match.
(USA fencing has funky age categories…Y10 fencers can be born between 1999 and 2002 and Y12 can be born between 1997 and 2000). This was supposed to be a Y10 and Y12 tournament (Owen is Y10) but there weren’t enough younger fencers so Owen had to fence up an age group.
The real highlight for Owen was beating a classmate in pool competition that he’s never bested in a tournament before. In fact, at the last tournament, Owen lost to that fencer in the championship match.
Although they both gave it their all during the match, they were back to being teammates immediately afterward. In fact, I think my favorite moments of the whole tournament were when Owen and his teammate were coaching each other against the other fencers and giving each other “expert” advice and encouragement.
Click here to see more photos from the tournament (Owen is almost always the fencer on the left.)