By Jeff Bessen
November 21, 2018
Long Island Herald
Alan Temiryaev, a senior at Hewlett High, won his second junior national title at the North American Cup in Kansas City, Mo., from Nov. 9 to 12. The victory buoys the New York Fencing Academy member’ chances of making the U.S. Junior National team after a seesaw start to his fencing season.
“I won my first four bouts, then twisted my ankle badly and lost the next two,” said Temiryaev, who has who has verbally committed to fence at Columbia University. “But I’m glad I was able to overcome the pain and win.”
He had to defeat his club mates, New York University fencer Sam Bekker and Skyler Liverant, and then upended World Championship silver medalist, Ryan Griffiths and Youth Olympics bronze medalist, Isaac Herbst, in the finals. Temiryaev’s next competition is at the World Cups in Riga, Latvia and in Luxembourg.
Brooklyn, NY (November 13, 2018) – Four teen fencers from Long Island and Brooklyn had success at the North American Cup in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend, earning gold, bronze, and top 8 medals, and strengthening their chances for selection to the US and Canadian national teams. These athletes come from different high schools but train and travel together as clubmates at New York Fencing Academy, with one goal in common: to compete for their countries on the international stage.
Skyler Liverant, a freshman at Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School, earned 5th place in Juniors, two categories above his age group. Now ranked number two nationally, Liverant has a good chance at making the US Cadet national team. His coach, Misha Mokretsov at New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island, Brooklyn, said, “Skyler is only 14 and was having a blast fencing some of the best 17-20 year olds in the country, so when he beat them, he was ecstatic.” Liverant’s highlight of the day was defeating Notre Dame’s Stephen Ewart, a 3-time national team member and Junior and Division 1 champion. Liverant will attempt to solidify his position at the Cadet Circuit in Bonn, Germany later this month.
Alan Temiryaev, a senior at Hewlett High School who has verbally committed to Columbia University, won his second Junior national title last weekend. Temiryaev hopes to make the US Junior national team, and after a tough start to the season, was determined to have a strong showing. “I won my first four bouts, then twisted my ankle badly and lost the next two. But I’m glad I was able to overcome the pain and win” said Temiryaev. He had to defeat his clubmates, NYU fencer Sam Bekker, and Liverant, to go on to beat World Championship silver medalist, Ryan Griffiths, and Youth Olympics bronze medalist, Isaac Herbst, in the finals. Temiryaev will try to add to his winning record at the upcoming World Cups in Riga, Latvia and in Luxembourg.
Jaclyn Khrol, sophomore at Midwood High School, showed great consistency, earning bronze in Juniors and top 8 in Cadets. Khrol is currently second in team points to make the US national team. In one week she will represent Team USA at the Junior World Cup in Puerto Rico, and then will join clubmate, Temiryaev, in Luxembourg. She is proud to have her little sister, Caralina Khrol, an 8th grader at Joseph B. Cavallaro Middle School, follow in her footsteps. Caralina also earned a bronze medal, in the under 14 age group.
Steven Grams, Great Neck South High School senior, earned 7th place in Juniors. This was a comeback for Grams who lost almost the entire last season due to knee injuries, after starting off well with a silver and top 8 at last year’s Cadet NACs. “Now that he’s back, the first priority is to keep him healthy to train,” said his coach, Marat Israelian, at New York Fencing Academy in Port Washington, Long Island. “Hopefully this gives him the confidence to believe in his abilities. With practice, the sky’s the limit.” Grams will also compete in Luxembourg, and aims to secure a spot on the Canadian Junior national team.
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