February 6, 2023

Congratulations to the 74 athletes from 12 different clubs across six different USA Fencing divisions who competed at the RYDER CUP RJCC at FORGE on February 4th and 5th, 2023! A total of 115 total entries with sixty male-identified athletes and fifty-five female-identified athletes participated. Link here to full results.

CDT Women’s Epee winner Reagan NIX from Fencing Sports Academy in Virginia on the right.


JR Men’s Epee: Aiden CLICK, Apex Fencing

JR Women’s Saber: Sofia NYSTROM, Nellya Fencers

JR Women’s Epee: Gloria PLAZA-GASALLA, Apex Fencing 

JR Men’s Saber: Matthew CHAVES, Forge Fencing 

CDT Men’s Epee: Aiden CLICK, Apex Fencing 

CDT Women’s Saber: Keely CARTER, Research Triangle Fencing

CDT Women’s Epee: Reagan NIX, Fencing Sports Academy 

CDT Men’s Saber: Justin MOL, Forge Fencing

The final eight fencers from the Cadet Men’s Saber Event. Winner was Justin MOL pictured second to the right. Renee Darwin, Ryder’s mom, is pictured on the far right.

Fencing Ratings Earned

Justin MOL earned his E classification in saber.

Keely CARTER renewed her E classification in saber.

Sean SLOUGH renewed his C classification in epee. 

Keely Carter renewed her E rating and won the Cadet Women’s Saber event..

REGION 6 Referee Development

Region 6 referee development was led by Stephen Pashby and Ron Thornton. Four referees were observed for updated rating and training.

Referee Caroline Dikibo working Junior Women’s Epee.

REGION 6 Saber Development

Efforts are being made by Region 6 saber coaches and leaders to provide affordable and enhanced training opportunities for developing athletes in North Carolina and surrounding states. FORGE will be co-hosting a camp with Triple Threat June 19th-23rd. Other fencers and coaches interested in joining, please contact jen@forgeteams.org for team arrangements. We have housing available in walking distance and some home-stays are available athlete to athlete. For more information and to register, click here. 

Local Sports Photography

Junior Men’s Epee captured in action.

Local sports photographer Rick Crank was onsite for portions of each day of the competition. Photographs can be purchased in digital image form through his website.

DAY 1 Photographs

DAY 2 Photographs

Thank you to the Durham Sports Commission, athletes, parents, spectators and fans supporting our event and remembering the spirit, grit, and determination Ryder embodied as a competitor. We remember fondly his fighting spirit and the community commitment needed to support lifetime athlete development.

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