William Gaziano of Basking Ridge earned a bronze medal in the cadet men’s foil individual competition, and Marina Bochenkova of Bound Brook earned a gold medal in the women’s Junior epee team event, at the Pan American Cadet and Junior Championships held in Toronto, Canada from February 3-8.
More than 300 fencers from 18 countries from North and South America participated in the annual championship, with each country being allowed to send four fencers for each individual event for both cadet (under 16) and junior (under 19) levels.
Nationals also were able to send one team consisting of 4 members for junior events. Fencers representing the United States were selected based upon their national points ranking.
The events were held at the newly built CIBC Pan Am Aquatic Centre and Field House, which will also host the Pan American Games this summer.
In the women’s junior epee team competition, the United States beat Mexico in the semi-finals with a close score of 28-27.
The finals pitted the U.S. against the home team, Canada. Despite a close contest, the stronger American team was able to defeat the Canadians 43-39, earning a gold medal for team U.S. I
Bochenkova finished in 16th place in the junior individual event. Bochenkova won her first direct elimination bout against Rennata Zettermann of Brazil, but was defeated in the round of 16 by Alexanne Verret of Canada.
This was year marked Bochenkova's first international competition. Bochenkova fences at Medeo Fencing Club in Bridgewater, under epee coach and club owner Yakov Danilenko.
Gaziano continues successful Ridge fencing season with medal win in Canada
In the cadet men’s foil event Will Gaziano went 5-1 in the pools round. In the direct elimination rounds Gaziano beat James Bogert (U.S.), and Christopher Sheardown (Canada).
In the quarter-finals Gaziano lost to Jose Navarez of Mexico, finishing in third for a bronze medal.
Gaziano has been fencing for seven years at Medeo Fencing Club with Coach Andrzej Zamlynny. Previous international competitions include fencing both individual and team events in the cadet European cup circuit in Bratislava, Slovakia in January and the Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico City last September.
This event brought Gaziano his first international medal. Gaziano leads the foil squad at Ridge High School where they recently won the NJSIAA State Championships. Gaziano was undefeated in dual meets for Ridge, with a season record of 25-0.