These kids are sharp: Kings County fencers score big at national tournament

By Colin Mixson
November 23, 2018
Brooklyn Daily

On point: Midwood High School sophomore Jaclyn Khrol, who earned bronze at a Kansas City fencing competition earlier this month, celebrates with coach Misha Mokretsov.

Two Kings County fencers scored big at a national tournament held in Missouri last weekend, including one freshman at a Windsor Terrace charter school who defeated grown men six years his senior, his coach 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,” said New York Fencing Academy coach Misha Mokretsov, boasting of champ Skyler Liverant.

Liverant, who started school at Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School earlier this year, earned fifth place in the Juniors category usually reserved for competitors four years his senior, and is now ranked number two nationally, putting him in the running for a national fencing squad to represent the United States at the 2019 Jr. Olympics, according to his coach.

Midwood High School sophomore Jaclyn Khrol (inset with coach Mokretsov) also gave a stellar performance, earning bronze in Juniors just a week before the 15-year-old is expected to represent Team USA at the Junior World Cup fencing tournament in Puerto Rico.

And Jaclyn’s sister, eighth-grader Caralina Khrol, seems to be following in her sibling’s footsteps, as the youngster took home a bronze medal in the under-14 group.


Hewlett Senior Wins National Title,109419

Hewlett High School senior Alan Temiryaev, second from right, captured his second junior national fencing title. From left Ian Sanders, Steven Grams, Howard Zhao, Skyler Liverant, Jonathan Piskovatskov, Ryan Griffiths, Temiryaev and Isaac Herbst.


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.



October NAC Medals & Top 32

Congratulations to our medalists and top 32 finishers at the October North American Cup in Milwaukee!

  • Mitchel Bekker – Silver in Div II and B2018!
  • Jaclyn Khrol – 5th in Cadets
  • Skyler Liverant – 9th in Cadets
  • Isabella Chin – 24th in Div II
  • Joshua Shuster – 32nd in Div 1 Classification

We’re also proud of our younger students who showed great fencing and not only made it past the first day of Div I but also performed at a high level on day 2, beating some of the top fencers out of 300 athletes competing!

See local top 8 results, including NYFA Youth #2:   NYFA-BK   NYFA-LI





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Romain Cannone continues to add to his incredible achievements by bringing home the gold medal from last weekend’s Junior Men’s Epee North American Cup in Virginia Beach, VA, competing against 180 athletes, ages 20 and under. Romain also took 9th place out of 255 of the top adult Men’s Epee fencers in the Division I event. Everyone at NYFA is very proud of you, Romain. Bravo!!

Also, congratulations to the following fencers for their top results at the two NYFA tournaments held last weekend:

NYFA C & Under (Div2) Mixed Epee:

  • Anton Chmut – 1st and earned his D2014
  • Bennett Cohen – 2nd
  • Ed Mufel – 3rd and earned his E2014
  • Michael Burovsky – 3rd and earned his E2014
  • Arkadiy Nizberg – 7th

NYFA Youth Challenge #3 Mixed Epee:


  • Ethan Kushnerik – 1st
  • Daniel Plechavicius – 2nd
  • Caralina Khrol – 3rd
  • Ian Goldfine – 3rd


  • Alan Temiryaev – 1st
  • Jaclyn Khrol – 2nd
  • Ethan Kushnerik – 3rd 
  • Michael Mogilevich – 3rd
  • Peter Kambeseles – 5th
  • Daniel Berov – 6th
  • Andrew Mufel – 7th


  • Joshua Sikarevich – 1st
  • Anton Chmut – 2nd
  • Alan Temiryaev – 3rd
  • Nathan Vaysberg – 3rd


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Brooklyn, NY (January 22, 2014) – On January 20th, 16-year-old Romain Cannone (New York, NY) established his reputation as a fencing prodigy when he became the youngest champion of a Junior Men’s Epee North American Cup (NAC) this season, competing against 180 athletes ages 20 and under. Cannone defeated Justin Yoo (Southern California) in a dramatic match, coming from a 13-14 deficit to win the gold medal with a score of 15-14. Cannone also took an impressive 9th place out of 255 of the top adult Men’s Epee fencers in the Division I NAC the same weekend.

Ranked third in the world in Cadets (ages 17 and under), Cannone was seeded 37th at the start of the NAC and won 3 out of 4 pool bouts, earning the 36th seed to advance to direct eliminations. Cannone said, “the pools were very interesting – it wasn’t easy and even though I finished well, it showed me that I had to really work hard if I wanted to do good today.”

He started by defeating Mick Yamanaka (Long Island, NY), and out touched Wesley Johnson (Utah-S.Idaho) 14-13. Cannone said “The most stressful bout was with Johnson since I was leading 12-7 and then he made a nice come back. I was very happy to win in priority and after, I knew if I work hard I would do good.” Then Cannone went on to beat top Princeton University fencer and number one rated USA junior, Alex House (New England) 15-3. He followed the strong victory with a 15-14 win over Justin Yoo, USA national team member and winner of the Chalons, France Cadet European Cup. Cannone lost to Yoo in Chalons to make top 2. “After I saw I was going against Justin in the final, I knew it would be interesting as we have a history and I really wanted revenge after France.”

Previously, Cannone won the Cadet European Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia earlier this month, and the Cadet North American Cup in Dallas in December. He will fence in the Gothenburg, Sweden European Cup next month, followed by the Cadet World Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this spring.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by 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 three years, NYFA has produced many nationally-ranked fencers earning Champion and Finalist titles at International and National competitions, including a fencer on the French Cadet 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