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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

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For Immediate Release: NEW YORK FENCING ACADEMY’S ROMAIN CANNONE WINS TEAM GOLD AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP


Brooklyn, NY (March 12, 2015) – After earning an individual bronze medal at the Basel World Cup, Romain Cannone (New York, NY) was selected to compete for France at the European Fencing Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. As Cannone explained, “just being there was a dream come true because it is really the competition everyone wants to go to.” He and his teammates took this opportunity all the way to the top, winning the Junior Champion title in the men’s epee team event.

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

Fourth seeded France got off to a rough start, barely beating 13th ranked Estonia by just one point. This close win put them in top 8, where they had to pull it together to face fifth ranked Switzerland. France was down by four, but Cannone scored eight points to help his team win 45-41. Next they had to defeat Israel which was ranked eighth but had just beaten Spain to take the first seed spot. Cannone was a little anxious since Israel’s Yuval Shalom Freilich, number one in the world, eliminated Cannone two days earlier, on his way to winning the individual championship. However, this time, Cannone and his teammates were unstoppable, soundly defeating Freilich and the Israeli team 45-29.

The final match against sixth seeded Hungary was very tough. France was ahead 22-21 when Cannone began the second to last bout. It was important to bring the score as close as possible to 40 without losing the lead. The Hungarians put in their best fencer, Zsombor Banyai, who won silver in the individual event. Perhaps they hoped to take advantage of France’s least experienced, first year rookie, but Cannone held his ground and even increased France’s lead to 31-29. The final bout was very intense; France was ahead 44-41 and in the last five seconds, Hungary started to make a big comeback. Still, Cannone recalled, “we just knew we were going to win.” And they did, by 1 point. With the final score of 45-44, France’s team and NYFA’s Cannone, became the 2015 European Junior Champions.

In his last international competition for the season, Cannone will be competing in the World Championship team event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 1.

Romain Cannone (left) Team France - Gold, European Junior Championships Maribor Slovenia
Romain Cannone (left) with Team France – European Junior Champions

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in Brooklyn, NY. NYFA is quickly becoming a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee youth and cadet programs in the tri-state area. In just four 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

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For Immediate Release: NEW YORK FENCER, ROMAIN CANNONE, WINS BRONZE AT WORLD CUP, RANKED NO. 1 IN FRANCE


Brooklyn, NY (February 2, 2015) – In his first year on the French junior national team, 17-year-old, Romain Cannone (New York, NY), upset the first and second world ranked fencers en route to his bronze medal finish at the Basel Junior World Cup in Switzerland in January. Cannone is now France’s number one ranked fencer in the men’s epee under-20 category.

Cannone is a high school senior who trains at the New York Fencing Academy in Brooklyn and attends John Jay High School in Westchester. Last year, he began his international fencing career on France’s cadet (under-17) national team, winning gold at the Cadet World Cup in Slovakia, and ending the season ranked third in the world.

Now on the junior national team, Cannone competed in the Luxembourg and Slovakia World Cups, before heading to Switzerland. Disappointed with his top 32 finish at the Salt Lake City North American Cup a week before, Cannone wanted to meet up with his teammates in France for a few days of training then just go “have fun fencing” at the World Cup.

Cannone got off to a shaky start in pools, losing 2-5 to Italy’s Bergamini, silver medalist at last year’s North American Cup in Ohio. “I was a little too relaxed at first, but after that bout, the pressure kicked in,” Cannone recalled. He told himself to stop rushing and then won the remaining four bouts 5-0, 5-2, 5-4 and 5-1 against opponents from Russia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Cannone was seeded 46th in the competition after pools.

His first two direct elimination bouts against Kazakhstan and Estonia fencers were tense, but he managed to win 15-12 and 15-13 respectively. Next, he faced the number two world ranked fencer, Banyai, from Hungary. Cannone patiently let him push and successfully counter attacked, resulting in a 15-10 victory. To make top 8, Cannone met his teammate, Bouillon, a tall, french grip whom he couldn’t counter attack. Cannone landed his hits on Bouillot’s knee, and won 15-13.

Cannone said the most interesting bout of the day was the semifinals against Freilich, number one in the world, from Israel. “I started off losing 0-3 and had to wake up” he recalled. “I turned it around to 5-3, and then Freilich got the next touch which started a debate. I had fleched and missed, and he did one action — take 4/riposte and scored, but the national coaches argued the point for awhile until I just said it was good and to move on. 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 with a really good foot touch for 13, and then right at ‘fence!’ he faked deep and I counter attacked for 14. For 15, we took a long time but finally, when in distance, I fleched.” Cannone defeated Freilich 15-14 and earned a bronze medal after losing to the sixth world ranked fencer, Sych, from Ukraine, 12-15.

Cannone admits he may not always listen to advice while fencing. “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 figured out how to exceed his goal to just have fun fencing that day. Now he hopes to medal at the final World Cup of the season in Latvia, and qualify to compete in the World Championships in Uzbekistan. He also looks forward to NCAA college fencing this fall. Cannone really likes being part of the French national team because they are very nice and supportive, even though he doesn’t get to spend much time with them. He finds it interesting how the French team lives together all year round in an athletic learning facility while getting their education at nearby colleges. It’s different from the US national team where the fencers mostly train in separate clubs all over the country. Cannone enjoys fencing and friendships in both worlds — with his clubmates in Brooklyn and his teammates in France.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in Brooklyn, NY. NYFA is quickly becoming a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee youth and cadet programs in the tri-state area. In just four years, NYFA has produced many nationally-ranked fencers earning Champion and Finalist titles at International and National competitions, including a fencer 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