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Last updated: October 22. 2013 4:31PM - 902 Views
Matthew Gorry Sports Writer



Elkin's Sam Cason competes against Reynolds Saturday at the first fencing tournament of the season.
Elkin's Sam Cason competes against Reynolds Saturday at the first fencing tournament of the season.
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The defending state fencing champion Buckin’ Elks opened their title defense with a win Saturday at home.


Elkin bested the six-team field — Bishop McGuinness, Morehead, Reynolds, Salem Academy, Carlisle Academy — to win the first North Carolina High School Fencing League Tournament of the year. Bishop finished second.


Reigning state champion Matthew Schumak, coming off a perfect 66-0 campaign, opened with 10 wins in 10 bouts Saturday. Sophomore Lindsey Shinkle, the teams’ only other returning fencer, posted an 8-1 mark at the tournament.


Freshman Dakota Dudley-Doss also turned in a strong performance Saturday to pace the Elks.


Elkin is the lone 1A public school in the state with a fencing program, competing primarily against 3A and 4A schools. But the small numbers haven’t limited the Elks, who have captured seven state championships since 1996.


Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or mgorry@civitasmedia.com.


 
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