Daniel Campbell Wins BCAF Ironman Event

Daniel Campbell put on an impressive display of fencing on Sunday to win the Epee Ironman event hosted by the Bucks County Academy of Fencing. The  15-year old Campbell, fencing out of the Fencing Sport Academy in Fairfax, Virginia, won 15 of his 16 bouts to best a field of 32 competitors from four states.

Campbell started his day by winning 10 of his 11 bouts over two rounds of pool competition with a touches scored/touches received ratio of 58-31. He went on from there to win  five direct-elimination bouts before defeating Aimon Flaherty of the Fencing  Academy of Philadelphia 15-12 in the final.

Campbell, who came into the competition with a “B” rating, started fencing  five years ago and his passion has only grown since then.

“I absolutely love it,” he said. “If I could, I’d be fencing all the time.”

Campbell scored the first four points in the championship final and led 8-1 after the first period. The margin was 12-5 after the second frame before Flaherty rallied in the final period. He closed to within two at 14-12 before Campbell scored the decisive touch.



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