New York, NY — The inaugural Fencing Masters NYC saw 2-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis and USA Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse captured the championships before a crowd of 1800+ at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Mariel Zagunis defeated Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan in a match that pitted the world’s #1 and #2 ranked fencer’s against each other. In the men’s side, USA Team Member Daryl Homer defeated Olympic Silver Medalist Nicolas Lopez of France in the quarter-finals and then ’04 Olympic Champion Aldo Montano in the semi-finals before falling to Morehouse in the finals 11-15.
US Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse defeat Alex O’connell of Britain in the quarter-finals, followed by a victory over Jaime Marti of Spain, who had earlier defeated Ben Igoe in the quarters, setting up the All-USA final with Morehouse and Homer.
The Expo Championship tournament was won by Dan Bak who nearly pulled off an upset against Olympic Champion Aldo Montano of Italy in the Quarter-Finals. Bak lost 15-14 in closely contested match-up. Earlier, Dan Bak defeated St. John’s Sean Buckley in the finals of the Expo Championship. 16 competitors from around the country came to compete for the opportunity to fence in the main event.
The amazing Chelsea Chris sung the National Anthem and comedian Chris Destefano emceed before a crowd that included 20+ USA Fencing Olympians, Olympic gold medalist speed skater Joey Cheek, CSI’s Gerald McCullough and others.
The Fencing Masters NYC will air on television on SNY on Dec. 5th. It will be the first televised USA Fencing tournament in the USA (non-Olympic) since the 1980s. More information to come on the telecast.