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For Immediate Release: World Cup Silver Medal for Brooklyn Fencer on USA Team in Budapest


Brooklyn, NY (October 7, 2019) – This weekend Team USA earned silver in the Cadet World Cup in Budapest, Hungary. This was the first and strongest world cup of the season with most of the dominating nations in the world were present. Three New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) students represented the US: Skyler Liverant (Kensington, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School), Jaclyn Khrol (Bensonhurst, Midwood High School), and Ethan Kushnerik (Mill Basin, York Prep School). All three athletes are aiming to qualify for the World Championships which will be held in Salt Lake City, UT in April 2020.

Jaclyn Khrol made top 32 out of 289 athletes and was one touch short of winning the top 16 bout against Italy’s Margherita Baratta who eventually took bronze. Khrol was one of seven girls from the USA that earned international points and is now ranked #3 in the US. The top three athletes in each category will qualify for World Championships.

Skyler Liverant had the best result for team USA, earning bronze in the individual competition out of 324 athletes. This was Liverant’s personal best result which moved him into the #1 spot on US rankings and #5 in the world. Team USA National Coach, Alex Zurabishvili said, “On his way to bronze medal, Skyler was fighting for every touch, very focused and coachable, high level of focus, determined to win.”

Liverant recalled, “I was very focused throughout the competition, both bouts in direct elimination for top 64 and 32 came down to one touch to decide the winner but I stayed calm, relaxed and confident about what I was going to do and I believed I could do it!”

In the first direct elimination bout for top 64, Liverant was down the entire time against a Russian fencer, until the end. With a score of 11:14, Liverant managed to catch up and win 15:14. In his second DE bout, Liverant also won by one touch.

The next day, Liverant and his US teammates earned silver in the team event. Liverant trains at New York Fencing Academy in Brooklyn with coach Misha Mokretsov who said, “Skyler is one of the youngest athletes on the traveling USA team (top 20 athletes), but nevertheless was the most experienced since he is the only one who made Team USA last year and participated in the World Championships! We expect him to keep up his level of fencing and lead other USA fencers. He is very hard working and trained non-stop the whole summer while many were on vacation. Hard work pays off and we will keep working hard to qualify for World Championships in Salt Lake City and fight for medals there!”

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov. In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA and French national teams. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov, , cell phone: (347) 741-1343
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426
Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042
info.nyfa@gmail.com
http://www.fenceNYFA.com

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For Immediate Release: Long Island and Brooklyn Fencers Win North American Cup Medals, Vie for National Teams


Brooklyn, NY (November 13, 2018) – Four teen fencers from Long Island and Brooklyn had success at the North American Cup in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend, earning gold, bronze, and top 8 medals, and strengthening their chances for selection to the US and Canadian national teams. These athletes come from different high schools but train and travel together as clubmates at New York Fencing Academy, with one goal in common: to compete for their countries on the international stage.

Skyler Liverant, a freshman at Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School, earned 5th place in Juniors, two categories above his age group. Now ranked number two nationally, Liverant has a good chance at making the US Cadet national team. His coach, Misha Mokretsov at New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island, Brooklyn, said, “Skyler is only 14 and was having a blast fencing some of the best 17-20 year olds in the country, so when he beat them, he was ecstatic.” Liverant’s highlight of the day was defeating Notre Dame’s Stephen Ewart, a 3-time national team member and Junior and Division 1 champion. Liverant will attempt to solidify his position at the Cadet Circuit in Bonn, Germany later this month.

Alan Temiryaev, a senior at Hewlett High School who has verbally committed to Columbia University, won his second Junior national title last weekend. Temiryaev hopes to make the US Junior national team, and after a tough start to the season, was determined to have a strong showing. “I won my first four bouts, then twisted my ankle badly and lost the next two. But I’m glad I was able to overcome the pain and win” said Temiryaev. He had to defeat his clubmates, NYU fencer Sam Bekker, and Liverant, to go on to beat World Championship silver medalist, Ryan Griffiths, and Youth Olympics bronze medalist, Isaac Herbst, in the finals. Temiryaev will try to add to his winning record at the upcoming World Cups in Riga, Latvia and in Luxembourg.

Jaclyn Khrol, sophomore at Midwood High School, showed great consistency, earning bronze in Juniors and top 8 in Cadets. Khrol is currently second in team points to make the US national team. In one week she will represent Team USA at the Junior World Cup in Puerto Rico, and then will join clubmate, Temiryaev, in Luxembourg. She is proud to have her little sister, Caralina Khrol, an 8th grader at Joseph B. Cavallaro Middle School, follow in her footsteps. Caralina also earned a bronze medal, in the under 14 age group.

Steven Grams, Great Neck South High School senior, earned 7th place in Juniors. This was a comeback for Grams who lost almost the entire last season due to knee injuries, after starting off well with a silver and top 8 at last year’s Cadet NACs. “Now that he’s back, the first priority is to keep him healthy to train,” said his coach, Marat Israelian, at New York Fencing Academy in Port Washington, Long Island. “Hopefully this gives him the confidence to believe in his abilities. With practice, the sky’s the limit.” Grams will also compete in Luxembourg, and aims to secure a spot on the Canadian Junior national team.

 

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov. In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA and French national teams. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov, , cell phone: (347) 741-1343
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426
Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042
info.nyfa@gmail.com
http://www.fenceNYFA.com

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For Immediate Release: Brooklyn Trained Fencer Places 12th at His First Junior World Championship in Verona, Italy


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Brooklyn, NY (April 2, 2018) – First-time Junior World Championship Team member, 17-year-old, Alan Temiryaev, took 12th place in the individual epee competition on the first day of the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Verona, Italy.

Temiryaev, a member of last year’s Cadet World Team, defeated Marin Atanasov (BUL), 15-11, and Fynn Fafard (CAN), 14-11, to advance to the 32.

“I just came in feeling really confident. I was inspired by some other fencers who believe that if you believe you can do it, then you can do it,” Temiryaev said. “That was my mentality, especially against Fafard, where the score was touch for touch. I just believed I had to be stronger and more dominant and if I just believed in myself like I did, I just got those touches. It’s all about confidence and pulling through.”

After easily taking the bout against Goncalo Alves (POR), 15-5, Temiryaev faced Davide Di Veroli (ITA), the 2017 Cadet World Champion. Temiryaev kept the bout close, but at 9-8, Di Veroli put up three straight single touches and used the momentum to win, 15-10. Di Veroli went on to claim the silver in the event. Temiryaev will be back in action on Monday as part of the Cadet World Team.

“This is my first Junior World Championships and I hope there will be many more. I’m quite pleased with my result,” Temiryaev said. “Of course we would have wanted to do more and achieve as much as possible, but you know your limits and then for next year you work harder to achieve those limits.”

Temiryaev is a student at New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. He has been training with Coach Misha Mokretsov since he began fencing at age 10.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. NYFA has quickly become a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has been ranked #1 in youth epee and Fencing Club of the Year by National Fencing Club Rankings, and has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA cadet and junior national teams and French junior national team. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, day camps, and the biggest Summer epee camp in the US. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
info.nyfa@gmail.com
http://www.fenceNYFA.com

Alan Temiryaev (left) 12th in World Championships Juniors Verona, Italy 1 april 2018 pc: Trifiletti / Bizzi
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For Immediate Release: FIVE BROOKLYN TEENS COMPETE IN FINLAND FENCING WORLD CUP, AIM FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS


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Brooklyn, NY (November 20, 2017) – New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) qualified five fencers — two boys and three girls — to represent Team USA at the Cadet World Cup in Espoo, Finland last week, where over 280 athletes from more than 25 countries competed. Only 20 of the best American athletes in the Cadet category (under 17 years old) may participate in world cups. As the second of three world cups this season, the Espoo competition was an essential step towards qualification for the World Championships in Verona, Italy next April.

In the men’s epee competition, Alan Temiryaev (George W Hewlett High School), who competed in last year’s World Championship, began the day as number one seed and went 5-1 in the preliminary round. His clubmate, Ethan Kushnerik (Mill Basin, York Prep School) went 4-2. For the first bout in direct elimination, Temiryaev fenced Jaron Kiiroja from Estonia with a decisive victory scoring 15-9. Kushnerik fenced Yelnur Tulegenov from Kazakhstan and won 15-11. In the next bout, Kushnerik was stronger than Henrik Priimagi from Estonia, winning 15-8. To make top 16, Temiryaev had to face Matias Kallio from Finland. In a close bout, Temiryaev won 12-10. Kushnerik faced one of the top US fencers, Harrison Kimatian. Despite the fact that Kimatian is older and more experienced, 14-year-old Kushnerik was the victor with a score of 15-11. Both NYFA boys won their next bouts and made top 8. Kushernik beat another US fencer, Jared Felker, and Temiryaev bested US fencer Tristan Szapary. To make top 4, Kushnerik fenced Great Britain’s Luke Mason. Kushnerik lost by one touch, 14-15. Nevertheless, it is the best result for Kushnerik, who was one of the youngest participants in Espoo.

Temiryaev moved forward and in a dramatic bout in overtime, beat Benjamin Dahlbo from Norway 7-6. The next bout would determine who made the finals. Temiryaev faced US athlete Jonas Hansen from Boston. They know each other well and just four days earlier, they fenced in the North American Cup, where Temiryaev won by one touch in overtime. This time he won again, with a comfortable score of 15-10. The final bout was also against a US teammate, Isaak Herbst. Temiryaev started weak and was down 7-1. He made a huge come back to 10-10, but in overtime, lost 10-11. Temiryaev earned the silver medal and Kushnerik took 7th place out of 141 fencers.

Three NYFA girls also represented Team USA, demonstrating the growing strength of the club’s female team. Jaclyn Khrol (Bensonhurst, Midwood High School), Melanie Dolgonos (Mill Basin, James Madison High School), and Anna Lanzman (Mill Basin, Stuyvesant High School) had a fun but challenging day of competition. In the preliminary round, Khrol was undefeated at 6-0, Dolgonos went 1-5, and Lanzman went 3-3. In direct elimination, Lanzman lost her first bout to Marta Dobkevica from Latvia. Lanzman was disadvantaged when her fencing bag was lost by the airline. In these instances, fencers will borrow from teammates, but it can be difficult since all equipment is custom fitted and built for each athlete. Dolgonos faced a tough opponent in her first bout to make top 64, but won 10-8 after Jacqueline Oien from Great Britain dislocated her knee and had to withdraw. In the bout for top 32, Dolgonos fenced Sara Della Cioppa from Italy and won with a strong 15-9 score. For top 16, Dolgonos lost to US fencer, Mina Yamanaka. The best result was earned by Khrol, who also was one of the youngest fencers at the competition. After going undefeated in pools, Khrol continued to dominate and won her first direct elimination bout 15-6 against Lizaveta Zaretskaya from Belarus. To make top 16, Khrol had a confident victory over Eleanor Taylor from Great Britain at 15-11. The next bout wasn’t as smooth, as Khrol was losing 2-6, but managed to turn it around and win 15-10 against Hanna Lipthay from Hungary. To make top 4, Khrol had to face the previous World Cup winner and US fencer, Claire Beddingfield. Khrol was winning 12-10, then with only 10 seconds left, Beddingfield scored a touch. With four seconds remaining, Beddingfield scored again in the last second but it was outside of the fencing strip. The referee didn’t see the violation and awarded the touch. In overtime. Khrol lost 12-13, one touch short of the bronze medal. At just 14 years old, Khrol earned an impressive 5th place in a Cadet World Cup, Dolgonos made top 32, and Lanzman finished 77th out of 140. Our athletes will be back in action at the North American Cup in Portland, Oregon in December.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. NYFA has quickly become a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has already produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA cadet national team and French junior national team. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
info.nyfa@gmail.com
http://www.fenceNYFA.com

NY Fencing Academy - Brooklyn epee club
Alan Temiryaev wins Silver trophy and Ethan Kushnerik places 7th in Cadet World Cup Espoo Finland Nov 2017
NY Fencing Academy - Brooklyn epee club
Jacklyn Khrol 5th and Melanie Dolgonos top 32 in Cadet World Cup Espoo Finland Nov 2017
NY Fencing Academy - Brooklyn epee club
Anna Lanzman competes in Cadet World Cup, Espoo, Finland 2017
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For Immediate Release: LOCAL BOYS AND GIRLS FENCING TEAMS WIN NORTH AMERICAN CUP GOLD


Brooklyn, NY (March 20, 2017) – Brooklyn teens who compete for the New York Fencing Academy (NYFA), earned two team gold medals at the largest North American Cup (NAC) of the year. Over 1,600 top fencers converged on Cleveland, Ohio last week, including the #1 seeded Y14 (14 year old age category) boys epee team from NYFA. Mark Dolgonos and Ethan Kushnerik from Mill Basin, Jack Kambeseles of Bay Ridge, and Skyler Liverant from Prospect Heights, won their opening match 45-32 against Hooked on Fencing from Northern Ohio. Next they faced a very strong team from Canada that included a NAC silver medalist. They strategically went into deep defense against Canada’s leader and gained points off of Benedek Szabo and Alexander Androsyuk. The boys from Brooklyn held a consistent lead and won 45-41. They were unstoppable going into the final match where they confidently scored 45-31, earning the club’s first gold medal of the weekend.

The NYFA Y14 girls team also entered their competition seeded first in the US. Bensonhurst sisters, Jaclyn and Caralina Khrol, Nadia Gaberkorn from Mill Basin, and Jordan Liverant of Prospect Heights, took the opening match against San Diego Fencing Center with a decisive win of 43-25. Next, they faced the second-tier team from Alliance Fencing Academy of Houston, Texas. Alliance is their biggest competition, but the NYFA girls didn’t give them a chance, beating them 45-26. In the final match, NYFA faced a real challenge with Alliance’s first team, which included Ariana Rausch, a Junior Olympic silver medalist, and two more strong fencers. NYFA’s anchor, Jaclyn Khrol, who was the Summer Nationals Champion and North American Junior finalist, started off with a tough loss of 2-5. Then Caralina Khrol also lost her match 2-5 against Rausch, putting the team in a dangerously weak position at 4-10. Liverant picked up the fight and won her match 8-5, reducing the deficit to 12-15. Next, Gaberkorn lost her match 2-3, putting the team score at 14-18. This is where anchor, Jaclyn Khrol, proved her mettle, winning her next match 11-3 and pulling the team ahead to 25-21. Liverant faced Alliance’s anchor, Rausch, and held the team’s lead at 30-28, despite losing 5-7. With a slim two point advantage, NYFA’s girls moved into the last three matches – the most important and final round. Caralina Khrol was up first and since neither fencer wanted to risk an attack, no points were scored. Now the pressure was on Liverant to try to widen their lead in the second to last match, knowing that teammate, Jaclyn Khrol would have the final showdown against Rausch whom she previously lost to in individuals. Liverant delivered a 10-5 win which put team NYFA seven points ahead of Alliance at 40-33. Finally, Jaclyn Khrol faced off against Rausch and won 5-4, for a final team score of 45-37 and NYFA’s second NAC gold medal.

NYFA students also earned four individual NAC medals:
Skyler Liverant – silver in Y12 out of 96 fencers
Mark Dolgonos – bronze in Division 2, an adult competition. Dolgonos is only 13 years old.
Ian Goldfine – 5th in Y10. Goldfine also earned top 16 in Y12 even though he is only 10 years old.
Jaclyn Khrol – 6th in Y14

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NAC Team Champions Y14 Girls NY Fencing Academy Jaclyn Khrol Coach Mokretsov Caralina Khrol Jordan Liverant not shown Nadia Gaberkorn
NY Fencing Academy Coney Island Brooklyn
NAC Team Champions Y14 Boys NY Fencing Academy Mark Dolgonos Skyler Liverant Coach Mokretsov Jack Kambeseles Ethan Kushnerik

For full results, visit USA Fencing: www.usfencing.org/mar2017nac

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. NYFA has quickly become a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has already produced National and World Champions, and has members on the French junior national team and the USA cadet national team. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343