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TEAM USA BRINGS HOME SIX MEDALS FROM AUSTRIA

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USA Fencing
November 3, 2016
Kristen Henneman

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Team USA won gold, silver and bronze in the men’s team competition in Klagenfurt. Photo Credit: Kevin Mar

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA’s men claimed five of the seven medals and Chloe Daniel (Sierra Madre, Calif.) won bronze at the Epee Cadet European Cup on Saturday in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.) earned the individual gold medal in Klagenfurt for the second consecutive year while Alan Temiryaev (Brooklyn, N.Y.) grabbed a spot on the podium with a bronze at his first international competition.

In the men’s team competition, the Americans swept the podium, its four teams placing in the top four spots. For Griffiths, a gold in the team event marked his second title of the day; Temiryaev also brings home a pair of medals, adding a second bronze from the team event to his collection.

Team USA started the day strong in the men’s individual competition with nine members going undefeated in the pool rounds and the U.S. securing four of the top five seeds in the direct elimination rounds.

Griffiths was one of the Americans to finish 6-0 in pools, taking the eighth seed and receiving a bye into the table of 128, where he defeated Alexandre Hungerbuehler (GER), 15-12. He then cruised through the next two rounds, besting Ruslan Hasanov (UKR), 15-6, and Fynn Fafard (CAN), 15-8.

To secure a place in the quarterfinals, Griffiths overcame Alex Oroian (ROU), 15-11. In quarters and semis, Griffiths would have to beat two of his teammates, securing a medal with a 15-12 victory over teammate Eliot Herbst (Houston, Texas) and reaching the final with a 15-13 win over Temiryaev.

Once in the final, Griffiths took control, winning the bout 15-9 over Daniel Hosszu (HUN).

On his way to his first international medal, Temiryaev found his stride with a 15-6 victory over Zachary Jaccoud (SUI) in the 128 before defeating Bartlomiej Zbierada (POL), 15-12. In the table of 32, Temiryaev out-touched Samu Szlachanyi (HUN), 15-14, pitting him against teammate Theodore Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) in the 16.

Temiryaev once again squeaked out the victory, winning the bout 8-7. In the quarters, Temiryaev held off Ian Hauri (SUI), 14-12, before giving Griffiths his closest bout of the day.

Team USA made up half the competitors in the table of 16 as Herbst, Emon Daroian (Encino, Calif.), Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas), Cedric Mecke (New York, N.Y.), Lombardo and Robert Hondor (Malden, Mass.) joined Griffiths and Temiryaev in the 16. Herbst and Daroian advanced to the quarterfinals, finishing in fifth and seventh, respectively.

In the Cadet Point Standings, Griffiths maintains his No. 1 ranking, holding a 300-point lead over Piskovatskov. Temiryaev climbed into the third spot with Lombardo just 30 points behind.

In the women’s competition, Daniel defeated two fencers from Great Britain in her first two DEs, outscoring Charlotte Summers 15-11 in the table of 128 and Laura Sheffield 15-12 in the 64. After advancing to the 16 with a 15-8 victory over Anna Musial (POL), Daniel overcame the No. 4 fencer in the European Cadet rankings, Zsuzsa Schlier (ROU), 15-12.

Daniel then beat Natasha Kis-Toth (CAN), 15-13, in the quarterfinals, but missed a chance at gold with a 15-9 loss to Renata Petri (HUN).

The podium finish at her first international competition of the year allowed Daniel to jump three spots in the Cadet Point Standings to No. 2. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.) holds the top spot while Ariana Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.) and Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.) currently rank third and fourth.

Komar also finished in the top 16, controlling her table of 128 bout against Alessandra Luna (SUI), 15-7. In the next two rounds, Komar ended the day of two teammates, claiming victories over Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.), 15-8, and Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.), 15-11. A loss to Edina Kardos (HUN) in the 16 led to a 13th place finish.

The team competition saw the U.S. men dominate the competition as all four teams secured spots in the semifinals.

In the first semifinal, USA 1, featuring Griffiths, Lombardo, Piskovatskov and Wolfe Crouse (Conroe, Texas), narrowly defeated USA 2, composed of Temiryaev, Anton Chmut (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas) and Cedric Mecke (New York, N.Y.) USA 1 jumped out to an early lead and despite a comeback from USA 2, held on to win 35-33.

USA 3, which included Michael Bissinger (Houston, Texas), Eliot Herbst, Daroian and Kevin Chao (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), and USA 4, containing Thomas Etchell (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Timothy Frank (Portland, Ore.) and Nathan Vaysberg (Brooklyn, N.Y.) squared off in the second semifinal. USA 3 won seven of the nine bouts for a 45-33 victory.

In the final, USA 1 overcame a 20-18 deficit to win 45-41 for the gold. In the bronze medal match, Isaac Herbst won the fourth round 6-1 to break a 14-14 tie and USA 2 went on to win 45-38.

In the women’s team event, Komar and Mangano fenced on USA 1 with Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Miriam Grady (Broomfield, Colo.) The Americans first dominated Poland, 45-19 in the table of 32 before besting USA 3, 38-35. The quarterfinals featured a come-from-behind victory as Komar won her anchor bout 11-4, overcoming Romania’s six-point lead to win by a touch, 42-41.

However, USA 1 came up short of a medal, falling in the semi to Estonia, 45-34, and Hungary 2, 45-36, in the bronze medal match.

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Klagenfurt Men’s Individual Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.)

2. Daniel Hosszu (HUN)
3. Adam Macska (ROU)
3. Alan Leo Temiryaev (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
5. Eliot Herbst (Houston, Texas)

6. Bartlomiej Szurlej (POL)
7. Emon Daroian (Encino, Calif.)
8. Ian Hauri (SUI)

9. Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas)
10. Cedric Mecke (New York, N.Y.)
11. Theodore Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
15. Robert Hondor (Malden, Mass.)
18. Michael Bissinger (Houston, Texas)
21. Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas)
33. Nathan Vaysberg (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
36. Wolfe Crouse (Conroe, Texas)
37. Anton Chmut (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
45. Hunter Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
71. Kevin Chao (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
78. Thomas Etchell (Greenwood Village, Colo.)
96. Thomas Xavier Ghazaleh (Winchester, Mass.)
129. Michael Wang (San Jose, Calif.)
149. Timothy Frank (Portland, Ore.)
156. Bennett Cohen (Old Westbury, N.Y.)

Klagenfurt Women’s Individual Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Renata Petri (HUN)
2. Barbara Brych (POL)
3. Dora Kazar (HUNG)
3. Chloe Daniel (Sierra Madre, Calif.)
5. Eszter Muhari (HUN)
6. Natasha Kis-Toth (CAN)
7. Outi Jaakkola (FIN)
8. Edina Kardos (HUN)

13. Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.)
19. Ariana Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.)
20. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
22. Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas)
26. Mina Yamanaka (Floral Park, N.Y.)
28. Catherine Beddingfield (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
33. Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
38. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
39. Miriam Grady (Broomfield, Colo.)
41. Kaitlyn Gill (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.)
45. Huda Aldadah (Peoria, Ill.)
46. Emma Scala (San Francisco, Calif.)
55. Lake Sheffield (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
62. Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.)
69. Claire Beddingfield (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
71. Emily Lan Gao (Manhasset, N.Y.)
75. Sofya Bulavko (Dublin, Calif.)
83. Alexis Hedvat (New York, N.Y.)
163. Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Klagenfurt Men’s Team Epee Cadet European Cup
1. USA 1
2. USA 3
3. USA 2
4. USA 4

5. Hungary
6. Poland 2
7. Romania
8. Poland 1

Klagenfurt Women’s Team Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Estonia
2. Poland
3. Hungary 2
4. USA 1
5. Hungary
6. Canada 1
7. USA 2
8. Romania

13. USA 3
21. USA 4

LOCAL CHAMP DEFEATS OLDER OPPONENTS IN PERU; MILL BASIN KID AIMS FOR GOLD IN AN UNLIKELY, GROWING SPORT

http://www.canarsiecourier.com/news/2015-08-20/Sports/Local_Champ_Defeats_Older_Opponents_In_Peru.html

Canarsie Courier
August 20, 2015
By Gregory Alcala

For Mill Basin’s Ethan Kushnerik, fencing never stops – even during the dog days of summer. Just last week, the 12-year-old epee specialist traveled to Peru for the five-day 2015 Pan American Championships of fencing, capping off another great season for the No. 2 rated youth fencer in America, via the U.S. Fencing Association …

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Ethan Kushnerik, Local Champ Defeats Older Opponents In Peru

STANDING O REPOSTES FOR TEAM CANNONE

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Romain Cannone (right) - Gold, European Junior Team Championships Maribor Slovenia

Augusto Bizzi En Garde!: Romaine Cannone, right, engages with an opponent at the European Championship fencing event.

 

COURIER LIFE’S BROOKLYN DAILY
MARCH 19, 2015
By Joanna DelBuono

Coney Island

Three thrusts and a parry to Romain Cannone of the New York Fencing Academy and his team for the coupe of a lifetime — winning the junior championship in the men’s epee team event.

Romain, also winner of the individual bronze medal at the Basel World Cup, was selected to compete for France at the European Fencing Championships in Maribor, Slovenia.

 It was a dream come true, he claimed.

“It is really the competition everyone wants to go to,” said our pal Romain, who reposted, thrust, and lunged to score eight points, helping his team win 45–41.

Romain used his novice rank to his advantage and showed the Hungarian team just what he could do. He feinted and lunged his way through the match and increased his team’s lead to 31–29. The Hungarian team made a comeback and tied the match, but Romain held his blade and led the team to victory, trouncing the opponents 45–44.

“I just knew my team was going to win,” he boasted.

Congratulations to Romain, who led the French and New York Fencing Academy team to their first ever Junior European title.

New York Fencing Academy [2896 W. 12th St. between Neptune and Surf avenues in Coney Island, (718) 996–0426].

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CONEY ISLAND FENCING SCHOOL STAR WINS TEAM GOLD IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

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BENSONHURST BEAN
MARCH 16, 2015
By Jerry Del Priore

Romain Cannone lives anything but a normal teenage existence. His life revolves around school and fencing, with not much time for anything else.

But Cannone’s hard work and sacrifice paid tremendous dividends when he helped the French National Junior Team beat Hungary for the men’s epee gold medal at the European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia, earlier this month.

“When I got to school that day, people were congratulating me,” says Cannone, 17, noting that friends and family members watched the competition via live stream. “It felt very, very good.”

Cannone, who finshed 17th in individuals, took up the sport at a camp six years ago when his cousin Zoey urged him to give foil fencing a try. He switched to epee – a stiffer, heavier sword – at the recommendation of his mentor,  fencing coach Misha Mokretsov, who has trained numerous nationally recognized fencers through his company New York Fencing Academy (NYFA), located at 2896 West 12th Street in Coney Island.

Mokretsov wasn’t an established coach when he first met Cannone in 2010. In fact, Cannone was among his first generation of students. But as Cannone developed, so did his teacher, who recognized the ability in his budding pupil from the outset.

“He right away showed talent in footwork, and he was creative,” said Mokretsov, a former Ukrainian silver medalist who founded NYFA in 2010. “He wasn’t super athletic at first, but he had the feeling of distance and timing, meaning he knew when someone was in range to attack.”

As one of Mokretzov’s star pupils, Cannone has competed at fencing events all over the country and world – which pulls him away from his studies for weeks at a time. When he arrives home, it’s business as usual, and he works feverishly to make up all the school work he’s missed.

Romain Cannone right European Team Championships Maribor 2015 IMG_0515

But the young fencer doesn’t mind the sacrifice.

Cannone trains in fencing and overall fitness twice a week in Westchester – where he lives and attends school – and spends spends Fridays and Saturdays in Coney Island, taking private lessons with Mokretsov.

“It’s always a challenge, especially my trips. I just have to warn my teachers a week ahead of time,” the French native explained. “I don’t have a lot of time for slacking off. Some people might say it’s too much, but for me, it’s worth it.”

He has a point considering there are not many adolescents that can say they have visited places such as Virginia, Switzerland, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Estonia, let alone compete on the national and international stage in any sport.

In January, Cannone captured the bronze medal at the Basel Junior World Cup in Switzerland, earning himself the #1 ranking in France’s men’s epee, under-20 category. Last year, he also won the gold at the Cadet World Cup in Slovakia, and ended the season ranked third in the world.

“The winning, the experience, the traveling — I would never get to do that and meet all these people,” he said. “It’s been pretty interesting.”

As for his success, Cannone and his mother Cecile attribute a great deal of it to NYFA and his coach and friend Mokretsov.

“[Mokretsov] is a very dedicated person, loves his passion and knows how to transmit it to his students,” Cecile Cannone said. “But they are actually more than student-teacher to each other; it is a very deep friendship, and he gives great advise to Romain in many aspects of his life.”

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What’s next for Cannone? The rising fencer is currently in his last international competition of the season, where he will be competing in the World Championship team event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 1. Next year, he plans on attending Sacred Heart University in Connecticut on a partial fencing scholarship to study business.

[Additional reporting by Rachel Silberstein.]

BROOKLYN TRAINED FENCER RANKED NUMBER ONE IN FRANCE

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Brooklyn trained fencer ranked number one in France Brooklyn Spectator Feb 2015

The Brooklyn Spectator
By Jaime DeJesus, homereporter.com
February 2015

On guard!

Brooklyn-trained fencer Romain Cannone continues to rise in the world ranks. During the Basel Junior World Cup in Switzerland last month, the 17-year-old, who trains at Coney Island’s New York Fencing Academy, defeated both the first and second world ranked fencers and took home the tournament’s bronze medal. As a result, the France native is ranked number one in the men’s epee under-20 category.

“I was a little too relaxed at first, but after that bout, the pressure kicked in,” said Cannone, who got off to a rocky start during the day’s semifinal match against Israel’s Yuval-Shalon Freilich, ranked number one in the world. Cannone started slow, losing 0-3.

“I had to wake up,” he recalled. “I turned it around to 5-3, and then Freilich got the next touch which started a debate. We continued to exchange touches and I was still down 12-14, but I wasn’t worried.  I thought, I got this. I tied it 14-14, and then right at ‘fence!’ he faked deep and I counter-attacked for 14.”

Cannone’s strategy paid off as he defeated Freilich 15-14. Although Cannone eventually fell to Yan Sych of the Ukraine, 15-12, he earned bronze medal honors.

“When I get in the mode, I just play around.  That’s when you can see what to do, you figure it out as you go,” he said regarding his strategy.

Next for the rising star, Cannone —  who is currently on the junior national team — will compete at the final World Cup of the season in Latvia, and hopes qualify to compete in the World Championships in Uzbekistan. He also expects to participate in NCAA college fencing this fall.

Cannone told The Home Reporter that he attributed his success to the New York Fencing Academy. “They pretty much taught me everything,” he said. “The work has been worth it. (My coach) knows me very well. He knows how to get me focused.”

NY1: FIT KIDS STRENGTHEN MUSCLES, MIND AT NY FENCING ACADEMY

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/fit-kids/2015/01/31/fit-kids-february–kids-strengthen-muscles–mind-at-fencing-academy.html

By Erin Clarke
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 05:43 PM EST

As we continue coverage of our month long Fit Kids Initiative, we visit New York Fencing Academy where NY1’s Erin Clarke tells us kids are building their physical—and mental muscles. 

Just about every kid loves a good sword fight—whether pretend or for sport.

It turns out, the activity builds strong muscles too.

Take it from these kids at the New York Fencing Academy in Brooklyn.

“When you hold the blade, your arm gets stronger and like when you extend, we do some extending drills, you have to keep your arm extended while you fence and so that like kind of makes your hand stronger so you feel more muscle,” says Anna Temiryaev, 9. “When you sit in en garde, low the thighs, you can feel it, your thighs usually get a lot stronger.”

“I’ve seen myself with a bit more stamina. I could do a lot more. I could push more in myself,” says Alan Temiryaev, 14.

That’s not the reason they started with the sport, but it’s even more of a reason to continue.

The siblings and most students here work with NYFA’s owner and head coach, Misha Mokretsov—who says parents send kids as young as four to his Coney Island club to reap the benefits of this sport.

“Fencing is a higly demanding coordination sport and especially for little children, it’s very important to do sports that will be developing their agility, as well as, coordination. So fencing we have a lot of moves that are small or are changing direction, so it develops a lot of coordination,” Mokretsov says.

In addition to making kids faster, stronger, more flexible and coordinated, coaches also say fencing works the thinking muscles.

“It’s also very a mental sport, so you’re getting developed in terms of critical thinking, strategy,” says instructor Slava Zingerman.

That’s something that helps fencers when they’re off the matts and in the classroom.

“It can help you out with patience. You have to wait and see opportunities. You have to think a lot more.”

Building technicall skills and physical fitness is something that will benefit these kids for years to come.

For more information about the New York Fencing Academy visit fenceNYFA.com or give them a call at 718-996-0426.

NEWS 12 : ETHAN KUSHNERIK, 10, BECOMES WORLD CHAMPION FENCER

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Ethan Kushnerik, 10, is part of a group of fencers who train in Coney Island. (4/4/14)

April 4, 2014

BROOKLYN, NY – A young fencer from Brooklyn is now a world champion after winning an international tournament last week.

Ethan Kushnerik, 10, is part of a group of fencers who train in Coney Island. He just brought home gold from a tournament in Poland, where he beat 150 other kids his age.

The Mill Basin fifth grader is modest, but he and the other young athletes at Coney Island’s New York Fencing Academy work hard at their sport.

When you ask Kushnerik the secret to winning, his answer is simple. He said, “Don’t give up. If you’re losing, don’t give up.”

MILL BASIN BOY TAKES HOME INTERNATIONAL FENCING TITLE

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Courier Life’s Brooklyn Daily
By Nichelle Henry
April 3, 2014

Sharp kid: Ten-year-old Ethan Kushnerik of Mill Basin, center, took the top prize at an international fencing competition held in Poland over the weekend. Photo by Vadim Kushnerik

A 10-year-old Mill Basin boy has shown the world his mettle — and it’s a fencing sword.

Superlative swordsman Ethan Kushnerik came in first at the 37th annual International Children’s Fencing Tournament Challenge, held in Wroclaw, Poland, March 27–31.

The five-day tournament is considered one of the premier fencing contests in the world, drawing 1,400 competitors under age 15 from 21 different countries.

Kushnerik was one of 19 kids representing the United States, and he won one of the two gold medals taken home by Americans.

He crossed swords with 142 fencers from around the world in back-to-back matches, fighting for seven hours straight, and he remained undefeated.

After the last competitor met his blade, Kushnerik didn’t even realize that he had just won the gold, because he was so focused on the swordplay.

“I was just concentrating on hitting may target,” he said.

En Garde!: Ten-year-old champion swordsman Ethan Kushnerik, at left, goes on the attack in an international fencing competition held March 27–31 in Wroclaw, Poland. Photo by Vadim Kushnerik

It was that mental discipline that made Kushnerik an international champion, according to his coach.

“For 10-year-old athletes, competing at such a big, international event, it’s a great accomplishment to be able to maintain such a strong physical and mental focus untill the end,” said Misha Mokretsov, head coach at the New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island.

This was Kushnerik’s first international competition, though he had also recently won silver and bronze medals at the North American Cup in Nashville, Tenn.

Kushnerik said his biggest challenge in Wroclaw was adapting to the various fencing styles of his European opponents, who come out of different traditions. Mokretsov agreed that dealing with the variety of fighting techniques is what make international tournaments so demanding.

“This was a world event of the highest magnitude,” said Mokretsov. “You need to be very flexible and able to adjust to different fencing styles.”

CBS-NY NEWS: BROOKLYN BOY TAKES HOME WORLD CHILDREN’S FENCING GOLD FROM POLAND

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/04/brooklyn-10-year-old-captures-world-fencing-championship/

A 10-Year-Old Boy From Brooklyn Is The Winner of the International Children’s Fencing Tournament, After Competing In Poland.
Ethan Kushnerik Is Used To Having Success, Regardless Of The Circumstances

CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reports
April 4, 2014 6:46 PM

NEW YORK (CBS NewYork) — He brought home the gold.

A 10-year-old from Mill Basin, Brooklyn recently took Wroclaw, Poland by storm, grabbing top honors at the 37th annual International Children’s Fencing Tournament Challenge.

Ethan Kushnerik competed against some of the best fencers in the world, and did so under some pretty unusual circumstances, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported Friday.

Ethan he likes to play around with his brothers and sister, enjoys math and art and, oh yeah, he’s pretty good at a very difficult sport.

“When people win in fencing they just scream,” he said.

Ethan was one of 19 children representing the United States, and competed with 142 fencers from all over the world in his category.

He said he trains four hours a day five days a week.

And he has a lot of medals.

Not bad for a kid who only picked up the sport two years ago.

Above Ethan’s medals is a sign that reads “never give up,” something he certainly didn’t do even as he dealt with a bout of the stomach flu on the morning of the international competition.

“By the time we got to the elevator, which is not that far, maybe a few steps, Ethan was out of breath,” said Vadim Kushnerik, Ethan’s father.

The elder Kushnerik said he wasn’t so sure that his son would compete, let alone go undefeated.

“Through the whole competition I kept not feeling good and I kind of didn’t even know what was happening,” Ethan said.

But in the end the humble, young boy came out on top.

“I’m very proud of Ethan’s accomplishments. I’m very proud watching him work hard,” Vadim Kushnerik said.

Ethan offered the following piece of advice to other would-be champs:

“Don’t give up on your fencing,” he said.

Even if you have the stomach flu.

Ethan said he hopes to pick up some more medals, and, who knows, maybe one day we’ll see him at the Olympics.

 

BLADE OF GLORY: NEW YORK TEEN ONE OF TOP YOUNG FENCERS IN THE WORLD

Published January 2014 in Manhattan Family – New York Parenting

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