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Forge welcomed 398 competing athletes from Region 6 of USA Fencing over the weekend of October 14th & 15th, 2023. The event had a total of 233 foil entries, 218 epee entries, 245 saber entries and included 16 events representing all three Olympic-style fencing weapons in the categories of Y8, Y10, Y12, Y14, Cadet and Junior events.

This USA Regional Qualification event took place at the Leroy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex on the North Carolina Central University campus. This was the first national qualification event hosted at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). 

We would like to thank the event volunteers, staff, participants and their families for their diligent service to make this an outstanding event.


Stephen Pashby, Head Referee

Matthew Chaves

Caroline Dikibo

Tan Le

Madeline Long

Thelonius Muhammad

Michael Nicholson II

Steven Pressendo

Thomas Thliveris

Donny Zelinski

Dev Batra

Abhiskek Singh

Daniel Jattan

Thomas Gilmore

Audrey Nguyen

Semaj Toussaint

Rory Suman

Giovanni Cerda

Aaron Love

Luis Pantino

Lester Gonzalez Ayala

Luis Alfonso Cervantes Lopez

Angelica Aguilar Flores

Oscar Miguel Bermejo Gallardo

Lina Park

Zhiyan Qian

Carlos Ayala

Ahmed Hamdy Rafaee

Jayson Vergara

Jace Riley Vergara

Jayden Reese Vergara

Diana Philpot

Madhav Gadiyaram

Sushama Gadiyaram

Annan Moe

Vincent Cao

Nika Mosthjair

Daniel Tiagi

George Tiagi


Dennis Crumpler 

Julien Cox

Tallis Russell

Aiden Cohlmeyer

Donny Zelinksi 

Bout Committee

Rich Weiss

Genetta Young

Ava Ellis-Furlong

Medical Team

Liz Scott

Miranda Cano


Don Webster 

Rick Crank


Ami Nagle

Andrew Klein

Kevin Kappes

Mike and Jessica Henry

Rue Bertrand

Rebecca and Matt Bramlett and family

Allson Coovadia

Solomon Slep and family

Gennady Etin and family

Adrienne Roberts and family

Avani Pendse and family

Senadzi Kpeglo

Stephanie and Semaj Toussaint

Nina Sperber    

Anne Light

Paul and Vickie Miller

Luis Cox and friends

Special Thanks

Annette Moore – Awards Presentation

Cathleen Randall – Forge Teams 

Rich Weiss – Bout Committee

Stephen Pashby – Head Referee

Charles E. Greene II – Hiring and Logistics

James Leach – Associate Director of NCCU Campus Recreation

Trei Oliver – Head Football Coach NCCU

Durham Sports Commission 

Running a large regional tournament like the Bull City takes the combined efforts of many.  We are grateful to our community participating clubs and athlete families for all of their efforts and to our coaching staff for their continued work to build healthy and strong athletes.

Bull City 2023