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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:

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 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 our athletes for their recent top results:

  • Romain Cannone – Bronze in Team (France) and Top 16 in Individuals at the Junior World Cup in Riga, Latvia
  • Anton Chmut – Silver in Juniors at Cobra RJCC
  • Sam Bekker – Bronze and A2016 in Juniors at Cobra RJCC
  • Melanie Dolgonos – 5th in Cadets at Cobra RJCC
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Gold in Y14 at Daugherty SYC
  • Mark Dolgonos – 5th place in Y14 at the Daugherty SYC
  • Click here for these and more recent Top 8 results

Other Club News:

  • NYFA Cadets – Good luck to Anton, Jackie, Nathan, Alan, and Bennett who will represent the US in Klagenfurt, Austria this weekend!
  • NYFA Youth – We earned the most Gold SYC medals (18) in the US in 2015-16!  For total SYC medal count, we ranked 3rd nationally. Source: National Fencing Club Rankings





Congratulations to our 2 medalists and Top 32 finishers at the October NAC!

  • Alan Temiryaev – Bronze in Cadets
  • Joshua Shuster – 7th in Div II
  • Anna Lanzman – 15th in Cadets
  • Nathan Vaysberg – 16th in Cadets
  • Bennett Cohen – 17th in Cadets
  • Mark Dolgonos – 26th in Div II
  • Melanie Dolgonos – 26th in Div II
  • Anton Chmut – 27th in Cadets

Congratulations also to our fencers who earned these recent Top 8 results.


NY Fencing Academy - NYFA - Alan Temiryaev Bronze Cadets Oct NAC Coach Mokretsov
Alan Temiryaev – Bronze in Cadets at October NAC
NY Fencing Academy - NYFA -Joshua Shuster Div2 7th Oct NAC Coach Mokretsov
Joshua Shuster – 7th in Div 2 at October NAC




New York Fencing Academy has hosted the most local epee events of any Metro NYC club for the last 4 years. We’re proud to contribute to what National Fencing Club Rankings called the “significant growth in local and regional events underwritten by the explosive growth in epee since 2010-2011.” “New York Fencing Academy opened in 2010 in Brooklyn and has seen its epee fencer-events grow from 154 in 2010-11 to 897 in 2015-16.” “Manhattan Fencing Center, Fencers Club, and New York Fencing Academy accounted for about 71% of fencer-events generated in 2015-2016.”   Fence Epee, Fence NYFA!

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Click here for National Fencing Club Rankings full report on Metro NYC fencing club events

NYFA in Brooklyn hosts the most epee events of all Metro NYC clubs
NYFA in Brooklyn hosts the most epee events of all Metro NYC clubs



This weekend, our young fencers earned 14 medals and 3 ratings at the top adult and youth tournaments in New York!  Congratulations all!

Nathan Vaysberg – 6th in NY Athletic Club Mercury Cup Div1 1-Touch
Anna Lanzman – 8th in Fencers Club NYC Women’s Epee Grand Prix V

The following fencers made NYFA the #1 club in Men’s Epee and #2 club in Women’s Epee at the Mission Super Youth Circuit!

  • Joshua Shuster – Gold and C2016 in Y14
  • Anna Temiryaev – Gold in Y10
  • Andrew Mufel – Silver in Y14
  • Caralina Khrol – Silver in Y12, Bronze and D2016 in Y14
  • Ian Goldfine – Silver in Y10
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Bronze in Y14
  • Jordan Liverant – Bronze and D2016 in Y14
  • Skyler Liverant – Bronze in Y12
  • Michael Mogilevich – 5th in Y14
  • Mitchel Bekker – 5th in Y12
  • Peter Kambeseles – 7th in Y14