Junior Olympics



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.


Contact: Misha Mokretsov
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Our athletes have been busy competing from Germany to Denver to NYC! Congratulations to all for your recent achievements:

  • Romain Cannone – 9th, European Cadet Circuit in Bonn, Germany. Good luck to Romain who will be fencing in Chalons, France this week!
  • Anton Chmut – Gold, Cadets Metro Division – qualified for Cadet Junior Olympics
  • Michael Burovsky – Silver, Cadets Metro Division – qualified for Cadet Junior Olympics
  • Bennett Cohen – 5th, Juniors LI Division – qualified for Junior and Cadet Junior Olympics
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Bronze, Y10 Rocky Mountain Super Youth Circuit
  • Michael Mogilevich – 8th, Y12 Fencers Club Mixed Epee
  • Nathan Vaysberg – Gold, Y14 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Michael Burovsky – Bronze, Y14 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Michael Mogilevich – Bronze, Y14 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Abigail Soto – 6th, Y14 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Alan Temiryaev – 7th, Y14 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Daniel Berov – Gold, Y12 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Bronze, Y12 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Michael Mogilevich– Bronze, Y12 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Serhiy Muts – 5th, Y12 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Jack Kambeseles – 6th, Y12 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Andrew Mufel – 7th, Y12 NYFA Mixed Epee
  • Daniel Plechavicius – 8th, Y12 NYFA Mixed Epee




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Here are the most recent top results from our fencers:


NYFA sent 5 fencers to the Junior Olympics in Baltimore last weekend. All had to qualify to compete in this Cadet and Junior National Championships. We are proud of all of their efforts and give a special congratulations to the following athletes who made Top 16 results in this very challenging competition:

  • Skyler Chin – 12th out of 220 in Juniors (under 20) Men’s Epee
  • Anna Brosgol – 16th out of 173 in Cadets (under 17) Women’s Epee. Anna also earned her B2013 rating.


We also want to share good news from our fencers who compete on High School teams throughout the area. If you have team achievements to share, please email us!

  • Congratulations to the Great Neck South Varsity Fencing Team members: Skyler Chin, Alex Hall and Kevin Ko, who were named All-County First Team
    • Great Neck South was the undefeated Men’s Division I, League, and Nassau County Champions for 2012-2013
    • Skyler Chin, Epee Team Captain, was also awarded All Long Island Honors
    • Alex Hall took Bronze in the Nassau County Individual Championships
    • Kevin Ko placed 5th in the Nassau County Individual Championships
  • We are proud of Bennett Cohen who made the Jericho High School Varsity Fencing Team as a 7th grader. Bennett is the youngest fencer to start for any Varsity fencing team in Nassau County this season.




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We congratulate the following athletes for their latest accomplishments:
  • Romain Cannone earned his A2012 rating at the Great Pumpkin’s Day Massacre
  • Anton Chmut won GOLD in Y12 and made top 8 in Y14 at the Cobra Youth Challenge
  • Alan Temiryaev took BRONZE in the Y12 Cobra Youth Challenge
  • Anna Brosgol, Sophia Chelnitsky, Skyler Chin, Alex Hall and Richard Kim qualified for the 2013 Junior Olympics
  • Alex Hall and Richard Kim earned their C2012 ratings at the Long Island Division Junior Olympics Qualifier

Good luck to our 2013 Junior Olympics Squad!