Kudos to all of our students who are working hard and getting better every day, and especially to NYFA fencers and coaches who earned these top results:
Congratulations on SILVER medal at the Junior Greek National Championship, which took place at Athens, Greece to Peter Kambeseles. Great fencing, great work ethics paid off. Good job to ALL – parents, coaches and of course Peter Kambeseles Go NYFA!!!
Our kids keep making us proud this weekend!
Rachel Kowalsky @rachelkowalsky for winning Gold at RJCC!!!
Liza Zigalo @lizazigzag9 – gold in Y12 and silver in Y14 at FC Youth Open!
Shawn Agaon @sagaon06 – gold at FC Youth Open in Y14!
Anna Temiryaev @anna.temiryaev – silver in Div2 RJCC!
Evelyn Agaon and Mia Smotritsky – bronze medal 🥉 at FC Youth Open in Y12 and Y14 respectively!
Alan Slavinsky – top 8 at DIV1a ROC and A2019!
Great job everyone! #teamnyfa#fencenyfa
Another super result from Budapest – team USA consisting of Skyler Liverant, Stafford Moosekian, Miles Weiss and Spencer Vermeule have won silver medals! Congrats guys – very happy for you! Also congratulations to @jackie.khrol for making top 32 in individual competitions today! #teamusa#usfencing#worldcup#fencenyfa#teamnyfa
Amazing job for our young stars as usual at SYC at Fairfax!
Dylan Kats – gold medal in Y12!!!
David Dodin – 6th place in Y12 – David is still Y10!
Finn Chimoskey top 16 in Y12!
Daniel Dodin – bronze medal 🥉 in Y8!
Grayson Shchur – silver medal 🥈 in Y8!
Mitchell Pozovskiy – top 16 in Y14!
Great job everybody! Let’s keep that number 1 title that our club earned last year in SYC medals! #fencenyfa#teamnyfa#syc#goldmedalist#youngchamps
Start the season strong! While some of us still on vacation some are taking first SYC medals!
David Dodin – 1st place in Y10 🥇
Landon Shchur – 5th place in Y12!
Great job everyone! #gonyfa#teamnyfa#bostonsyc
Lawson and Herbst Go 1-2 at Bonn Cadet European Cup
By Kristen Henneman
November 27, 2018
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Podium finishes at Cadet European Cups have become the norm for Nicholas Lawson (New York, N.Y.) and Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas) as the two Americans won gold and silver in Bonn this past Saturday.
Lawson has now medaled at two of his last three Cadet European Cups, winning his first gold in Germany over the weekend. Herbst, a 2018 Youth Olympic team bronze medalist, had finished on the podium at the last four Cadet European Cups he’s attended dating back to November of 2017.
The final between the Americans would be their second matchup this month as Herbst defeated Lawson 15-11 in the semifinals at the November North American Cup. This time it would be Lawson’s turn to come out on top, but only by a point as the match for gold went down to the final touch, 15-14, in Lawson’s favor.
Both Lawson and Herbst went 5-1 in pools before holding their table of 128 opponent to single digits as Lawson overcame teammate Colin Neibergall (Lone Tree, Colo.), 15-8, and Herbst bested Alexander Ebnoether (SUI), 15-5.
After edging out Fabio Murru (GER), 15-12, in the table of 64, Lawson defeated teammate Stafford Moosekian (Los Angeles, Calif.), 15-10, and Iino Heurlin-Vazquez (FRA), 15-6.
A 15-8 victory in the quarter-finals over Niels Roubailo (NED), and a 15-11 win against Matteo Wicht (SUI) guaranteed Lawson a spot in the gold medal final.
Herbst controlled his first two bouts against Tobias Schulz (GER) and Pierreck Rousseau (FRA) by scores of 15-8 and 15-9, respectively.
With a 15-10 victory over Allan Diane (FRA) in the 16, Herbst advanced to the quarters, where he faced Diane’s teammate, Paul Fortin (FRA).
Herbst continued to cruise, guaranteeing a medal with a 15-8 victory over Fortin and earning the opportunity to fence for gold with a 15-5 win against Jonathan Fuhrimann (SUI).
Herbst and Lawson currently rank No. 1 and 2 in the Cadet European Fencing Standings.
Competing at just his second Cadet European Cup, fourteen-year-old Skyler Liverant (Brooklyn, N.Y.) claimed his first top-eight result.
Liverant picked up quick victories against two Frenchmen in this first two bouts, outscoring Tristan Turakiewicz, 15-6, and Vincent Macarez, 15-7.
Following a 15-12 victory over teammate Daniel Gaidar (Staten Island, N.Y.) in the 32, Liverant advanced to the 16 for the first time in his career and held off Theo Brochard (SUI), 15-11. However, Liverant came up one win short of a medal, falling to Fuhrimann, 15-12.
In the newly released USA Fencing Men’s Epee Cadet Team Point Standings, Herbst has a strong grasp on first place with more than a 2,000 point lead over Liverant as he seeks to qualify for a second Cadet World Team in 2019. Lawson ranks third, holding a slim lead of less than 100 points over Moosekian.
In the team event on Sunday, USA 2 came within one point of a medal, finishing fourth. The United States had five teams competing in Bonn with two earning top-eight results and two taking top-16 finishes.
Represented by Liverant, Mossekian, Michael Mun (Tustin, Calif.) and Ethan Nguyen (Las Vegas, Nev.), Team USA went 4-1 on the day after entering as the 12th seed.
Despite dropping the first bout to Germany 3 in the table of 32, the Americans won or tied the next five to create enough of a cushion and go on to win, 39-32.
In the 16, USA 2 blazed past Poland 4, 45-27, only dropping one bout throughout the match.
The United States earned a come-from-behind victory over Germany in the quarter-finals. Down 16-13 after four rounds, USA 2 won or tied the next four, including 13-5 victory in the eighth, to secure a 45-36 win and a place in the medal rounds.
Continuing its momentum, the U.S. squad went up 14-9 after the first three bouts, but couldn’t hold on against Poland 1, falling, 45-33.
In the bronze medal match, USA 2 once again built a lead after three rounds at 15-11, but Switzerland 1 responded the following bout to take a one-point lead at 19-18. The Americans took control in the next four rounds to take a three-point lead into the final bout, but Switzerland finished strong to secure a medal, 45-44.
Bonn Men’s Individual Épée Cadet European Cup
1. Nicholas Lawson (New York, N.Y.)
2. Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas)
3. Matteo Wicht (SUI)
3. Jonathan Fuhrimann (SUI)
5. Jan Bulandra (POL)
6. Niels Roubailo (NED)
7. Paul Fortin (FRA) 8. Skyler Liverant (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
18. Ethan Kushnerik (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
23. Daniel Gaidar (Staten Island, N.Y.)
24. Stafford Moosekian (Los Angeles, Calif.)
28. Spencer Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
33. Mihir Kumashi (Houston, Texas)
35. Justin Haddad (Bethesda, Md.)
37. Daniel Shifron (Del Mar, Calif.)
39. Miles Weiss (Houston, Texas)
40. Mateusz Kozlowski (The Woodlands, Texas)
44. Aaron Lee (Las Vegas, Nev.)
55. Daniel Ra (New City, N.Y.)
60. Gabriel Insler (Providence, R.I.)
68. Ethan Nguyen (Las Vegas, Nev.)
73. Michael Mun (Tustin, Calif.)
107. Colin Neibergall (Lone Tree, Colo.)
165. Ethan Kim (Leesburg, Va.)
177. Russell Cha (Closter, N.J.)
Bonn Men’s Team Épée Cadet European Cup
2. Switzerland 2
3. Switzerland 1 4. USA 2
7. France 2 8. USA 4
We are super proud of our students who represented Team USA at the Cadet World Cup in Espoo, Finland – Congratulations to all!
Alan Temiryaev – earned Silver in the individual event – just one touch short of the champion title!
Jackie Khrol – earned Bronze in teams! She also took 5th place in individuals – just one touch away from bronze – fantastic fencing at only 14 years old!
Ethan Kushnerik – finished 7th out of 141 in individuals – also just 14 years old and one touch away from bronze! In teams, Ethan really showed impressive anchoring when he scored 21 points in less than 3 minutes! USA Team 5 was down by 8 points at the top of the 8th round, but Ethan’s incredible fencing secured the win against Belarus 45-42!
Melanie Dolgonos – made Top 32 in individuals despite a rough start, and earned her international points!
Anna Lanzman – finished 77th out of 140. Unfortunately, she had to fence with borrowed equipment because her bag got lost, but we’re sure Anna will make us proud many times in the near future.
Click here for our press release with many more details on the individual events.
Alan Temiryaev Silver, Ethan Kushnerik 7th Cadet World Cup Espoo Finland
Jaclyn Khrol’s Team takes Bronze at Cadet World Cup Espoo
Jaclyn Khrol 5th at Cadet World Cup Espoo
Ethan Kushnerik scores 21 points in 3 minutes in team event against Belarus
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.
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
Congratulations to NYFA fencers for their recent results at the Super Youth Circuit and Cadet World Cup!
Ben Gutenberg Memorial SYC & Cadet RCC:
Ian Goldfine – Silver in Y12
Joshua Yavorovskiy – 5th in Y12
Mitchel Bekker – 7th in Y14
The first Cadet World Cup, held in Klagenfurt, Austria, is done and we are proud of our four athletes representing NYFA!
Melanie Dolgonos had solid performance in pools and was one touch away from winning her DE – we hope luck will be on your side in Kansas and Finland!
Anna Lanzman had a great performance making top 64(48th place) out of 210 athletes and losing only two touches to a number 2 ranked fencer in the world Muhari Eszter!
Ethan Kushnerik was the youngest fencer representing team NYFA and he also did an amazing job losing only 2 touches to make top 32 on his very first World Cup – he took 41st out of 210 athletes. He also did great taking 4th place in the team event!
Alan Temiryaev had a solid performance despite the injuries – Alan made top 16 (9th place) and will come back in action in Kansas as the number one rated cadet!
NYFA USA Cadet Team Alan Temiryaev Ethan Kushnerik Melanie Dolgonos Anna Lanzman
Mitchel Bekker 7th in Y14 Ben Gutenberg SYC
Ian Goldfine Silver Joshua Yavorovskiy 5th in Y12 Ben Gutenberg SYC