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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

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Alan Temiryaev wins Silver trophy and Ethan Kushnerik places 7th in Cadet World Cup Espoo Finland Nov 2017
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Jacklyn Khrol 5th and Melanie Dolgonos top 32 in Cadet World Cup Espoo Finland Nov 2017
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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

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For Immediate Release: 16-YEAR-OLD BROOKLYN FENCER WINS JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP


Brooklyn, NY (February 23, 2017) – Alan Temiryaev, a sophomore at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY, won gold in the Junior Olympics in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend. This final competition of the season earned Temiryaev a National Championship medal and locked up his spot on the USA National Team to compete in the World Championships. Temiryaev had a very strong season, including two bronze medals at World Cups in Austria and France. At just 16 years old, he is one of the youngest to win the Junior (under-20) age category at the Junior Olympics, which also includes a Cadet (under-17) competition.

This year, the Junior Olympics had a record breaking number of athletes with 301 participating in the Junior event, including reigning World Champion, Sean Wilson, from Houston, Texas. In the preliminary round, Temiryaev scored five wins and one loss. In direct eliminations, he won against Syed Haider to make top 128, then scored 15-6 against New Jersey fencer, Finn Miller to make top 64. The next bout for top 32 was very tough since Temiryaev had to face a USA Junior National Team anchor, Wesley Johnson. Temiryaev took an early lead of 9-4 and never let Johnson make a come back. He won 15-9. For top 16, Temiryaev faced another very experienced fencer from Colorado, Henry Lange. Down 10-13, Temiryaev managed to pull off a skillful combination of touches and won 15-14. For the medal round, Temiryaev was up against his New York Fencing Academy clubmate, Nathan Vaysberg. It is always hard for clubmates to compete because they know each other very well, but this time Temiryaev was stronger and won 15-8. To make semifinals, Temiryaev confidently won against Harrison Kimatian, 15-8. Next, he faced a very strong contender, Isaac Herbst from Houston, Texas, who was competing for a National Team spot with Temiryaev for World Team. There are only three spots each year to make National Team. Temiryaev was unstoppable in this bout, making almost no mistakes, and winning 15-6.

In the bout for gold, Temiryaev faced a very experienced fencer from Columbia University, Mick Yamanaka. After a long day of competition, both athletes were very tired and had little energy left, so it was a battle of strategy and willpower. Temiryaev started off losing and couldn’t catch up — until the end of the bout. With 20 seconds left and trailing 4-6, Temiryaev scored two points to tie at 6-6. In overtime. the fencers had one minute to score one point for the win. The referee flips a coin to determine who has priority and the fencer with priority wins if one minute passes with no touches scored. Temiryaev got priority, so Yamanaka had to attack, but while he was preparing to attack, Temiryaev made his own attack. Yamanaka wasn’t ready and lost the touch. With a score of 7-6, Alan Temiryaev became the Junior Olympic Champion in junior men’s epee.

Temiryaev has been selected for the USA World Team and will travel with his coach, Misha Mokretsov, to compete at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria which will be held April 1-10.

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Alan Temiryaev wins 2017 Junior Olympic National Championship in Junior Men’s Epee. pc: USA Fencing

 

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Alan Temiryaev (right) and Coach Misha Mokretsov. Temiryaev wins 2017 Junior Olympic National Championship in Junior Men’s Epee. pc: NYFA

For full results, visit USA Fencing: http://www.usfencing.org/feb2017jo

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 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

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For Immediate Release: NEW YORK FENCER ROMAIN CANNONE WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SILVER MEDAL IN UZBEKISTAN


Brooklyn, NY (April 25, 2015) –  Romain Cannone (New York, NY) finished his first season on the junior world circuit by capturing the silver team medal at the Fencing World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan earlier this month. Cannone, who trains in Coney Island, Brooklyn, fences for the French national team, which finished second out of 35 countries competing in the men’s epee team event.  Cannone previously earned a gold team medal at the European Championship in Maribor, Slovenia in March, and a bronze individual medal at the World Cup in Basel, Switzerland in February.

Romain Cannone
Romain Cannone of NY Fencing Academy – Silver Medalist in Junior World Championship Men’s Team Epee 2015

At 17 years old, Cannone was one of the youngest athletes to fence in the Junior World Championships, which is the culminating event of the season for the world’s best fencers ages 20 and under. The team tournament lasts for two days with one day of rest in between. France began with a 45-35 win over Brazil to make top 16.  Next, they faced Israel and won 45-38. In the table of 8, they continued to dominate by defeating Poland 45-34.  According to Cannone, the most stressful match came on the second day of competition in the semi-finals against Hungary, whom they previously defeated to win the European Championship in March.  The two rivals engaged in a very intense match, but France pulled out a slim victory over Hungary, winning by just one point in priority with a score of 28-27.  In the final match versus Germany, Cannone thinks they were just too confident and didn’t fence their best. France lost to Germany 36-45 to take second place. This was France’s best finish in the junior men’s team epee World Championship since 2004 when they earned their last silver medal. France is now ranked number 2 in the world behind Spain. Cannone, who was not selected to fence in this year’s individual World Championship, is ranked 49th out of 629 athletes.

For Cannone, competing in his first World Championship was an unforgettable experience. “Right when you came out of the airplane you had someone to greet you and help you along the way until you reached your hotel. You could tell people were very aware of what was going on; when we turned on the TV at the hotel, there was a channel just for fencing.”  In total, there were over 1000 athletes from 100 countries participating in multiple events over nine days, at one of the largest sports venues in the world. Cannone recalled “Tashkent was a very interesting, old city. The competition was huge, and one thing that was very cool were the hundreds of spectators that came to watch.”

Next, Cannone will be fencing in Paris on May 1st at the Challenge SNCF Reseau Coupe du Monde.  For the best adult men’s epee athletes in the world, this prestigious Senior World Cup is the first step towards qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.  For Cannone, who just turned 18 on his way home from Tashkent and has three more years in the junior age category, this will be a great experience and preview of what fencing may have in store for him in the future.

Romain Cannone, left, France v Germany Team Finals,  Junior World Championship 2015,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Romain Cannone, left, France v Germany Team Finals, Junior World Championship 2015, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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 is quickly becoming a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the tri-state area. In just five years, NYFA has produced many nationally-ranked fencers earning Champion and Finalist titles at International and National competitions, including a European Champion on the French junior 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
Email: info.nyfa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fencenyfa.com