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New York City Fencing Teams Take Home the Gold

07/11/2010, 1:51am CDT
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Empire United, Westbrook Foundation Win Team Titles

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Big Apple had a big day on Day Seven of the 2010 U.S. Fencing Summer National Championships at the Georgia World Congress Center. New York City fencing clubs comprised of the final two teams in both Senior Men’s Team Saber and Junior Men’s Team Epee. The Peter Westbrook Foundation defeated New York Athletic Club, 45-35, in the men’s saber final. New York Athletic Club came in second again in men’s epee, losing a 45-39 decision to Empire United Fencing.

After recording the last touch in a 45-44 semifinal win over a tough Manhattan Fencing Center team, Daniel Bak recorded five straight touches to close out the final for the Westbrook Foundation. Bak finished 15-5 in the bout, leading his team to the title.

“We've gone through so much, we've trained all year, really hard, just for this moment,” Bak said. “Especially at our club, it's a huge deal. We're just excited to have worked so hard and the rewards are there. I'm glad that my team put me in a position to finish it off.”

Bak’s teammates included his brother, Adrian Bak, Luther Clement and Konate Primus. Led by World Championship team member Ben Igoe, New York Athletic Club featured Mihail Etropolski, Jeff Spear, and Paolo Roselli.

“I’m just happy to be part of Peter Westbrook [Foundation] because it's not all about the result but it helps us perform better,” Daniel Bak said. “The support's always there and everyone's trying to help each other and make each other better and push our clubs to being one of the top ones in the country.”

Anthony Green, Alen Hadzic and Brian Ro won the men’s epee title for Empire United over Magnus Ferguson, Clifford Fishler and Michael Rossi of New York Athletic Club. Hadzic anchored Empire United, recording the final 13 touches needed to win the gold medal.

“We kept on fighting,” Ro said. “We didn't want it to be pretty, we just wanted to act tough and fight bravely, and we did that.”

Ro attempts to explain why metropolitan New York City produces so many talented fencers.

“We work hard, we train hard, that's all we do, go to school and then we come home and train and we love it,” Ro said.

Seven new members were inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame, including current national team head saber coach, Yuri Gellman. Rounding out the Class of 2010 are Ella Hattan, Aldo Nadi, Hugh Alessandroni, Robert Blum, Joseph Elliott and Father Lawrence Calhoun.

The ten-day competition takes place in Hall B5 of the Georgia World Congress Center and is free and open to the public. The latest results from Summer Nationals can be found at

Fourteen more national championship titles will be awarded on Saturday, including Senior Women’s Team Foil. Follow the live Tweeting online at

About U.S. Fencing Association: The United States Fencing Association (USFA) is the recognized NGB for the sport of fencing in the United States. The USFA was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981. The USFA is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing founded in Paris in 1913. The USFA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Pennsylvania in 1964 and in Colorado in 1993 in compliance with the Amateur Sports Act and opened its national office at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in August of 1982. For more visit, or

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