Round 7 of the regular season was on 13 January and Pope competed at Dodgen Middle School in a tournament hosted by Walton.


Pope won three medals today. Lyndsay Wagner and Mackenzi Mims took bronze in the women’s event (Mackenzi’s first medal) and Ryan Kretzmer took bronze in the men’s event.

Of the 25 Pope fencers who competed, 11 earned points for themselves and their team by finishing in the top 16 of their event. In addition to the medal winners, they were Safa Bamatraf (5th – her first top 8 finish), Jett Smith (6th), Matthew Chambers (7th), Sara Nelson (9th), Roman Mazzoni (10th), Christina Freitas (12th), Leo Nayshtut (13th) and Joshua Yawn (16th – his first points).

Four Pope fencers set new personal bests. They were Mackenzi Mims(3rd), Safa Bamatraf(5th), Joshua Yawn (16th) and Robert Russomanno (39th).

In the women’s individual standings, Lyndsay remains in 1st place and Sara is 11th. In the men’s individual standings, Ryan remains in 3rd place and Jett moves up to 8th.

The Pope women retake 1st place in the women’s team standings, 30 points ahead of Johns Creek. The men remain in 3rd place, 58 points behind Centennial and 203 points ahead of Johns Creek. In the combined team points list, Pope is still in 1st place, 233 points ahead of Johns Creek.

Championship outlook

Of the fencers who have competed in at least four tournaments, the 84 men and 84 women with the most points qualify for the Individual Championship (if there is a tie for the 84th place, the tied fencers will all qualify). Unfortunately, Joshua (who earned his first points today) missed qualifying by just two points. The rest of the Pope fencers with points have qualified for the Individual Championship. Congratulations to the 17 Qualifiers.

Men Women
Rank Name Points Events Pts/Ev Rank Name Points Events Pts/Ev
3 Ryan Kretzmer 305 7 44 1 Lyndsay Wagner 400 7 57
8 Jett Smith 220 7 31 11 T Sara Nelson 198 7 28
33 Roman Mazzoni 112 7 16 21 T Mackenzi Mims 135 7 19
35 Matthew Chambers 92 6 15 32 Samantha Hasleton 96 7 14
47 Dillon Loubser 67 6 11 46 Christina Freitas 71 7 10
56 T Joey Montalvo 43 7 6 47 Safa Bamatraf 61 7 9
63 T Nyiko Maswanganye 40 7 6 51 T Sophie Goodman 49 5 10
74 T Leo Nayshtut 28 5 6 54 Alea Hornsby 46 7 7
87 T Xander Meeks 13 6 2

Pope can send one men’s team and one women’s team to the Team Championship. Each team consists of four fencers (who must all have competed in at least four regular season tournaments). After the Individual Championship, Coach Eichler will select the four men and four women who he believes will best represent Pope. Just in case there is a last minute illness, he will also select a 5th man and woman to be ready to sign in on the day of the Championship if one of the other four are not able to be there.

Detailed results

A summary of the Pope results has been e-mailed to fencers and parents. Detailed results are in the League section of this website. Go to and click on the links to see the results of any tournament this season, the men’s and women’s individual and team standings, or how the fencers at a particular school are doing.


Here is the Pope roster for the tournament. As usual, if you are on the roster but not able to fence, or of you are not on the roster but would like to fence, please let us know immediately by replying to the e-mail from stats man.

Men (16) Women (9)
Chambers, Matthew Bamatraf, Safa
Dixon, Carter Freitas, Christina
Hill, Blake Goodman, Sophie
Kretzmer, Ryan Hasleton, Samantha
Loubser, Dillon Hornsby, Alea
Maswanganye, Nyiko Mims, Mackenzi
Mazzoni, Roman Nelson, Sara
McDonald, Connor Soriano, Helena
Meeks, Xander Wagner, Lyndsay
Montalvo, Joey
Nayshtut, Leo
Russomanno, Robert
Smith, Jett
Veller, Denis
Walter, Noah
Yawn, Joshua

Start times

Start times will be the standard ones:

  •   7:30 – Sign in opens
  •   8:15 – Referee meeting
  •   8:30 – Men’s sign in closes
  • 10:00 – Women’s sign in closes

Fencers should arrive at least 30 minutes before sign in closes. Referees and scorekeepers should arrive in time for the referee meeting.


The address of Dodgen Middle School is 1725 Bill Murdock Rd, Marietta, GA 30062. According to Google Maps, it is an 11 minute drive from Pope if there is no traffic.

The tournament will be in the cafeteria and a nearby hallway. Use the bus entrance off Bill Murdoch Road and enter the school as shown in the picture below.

Schools competing

There are two tournaments on this date with about half of the schools in each tournament. Points will be awarded to the top 16 fencers in each event.

Competing with us are: