See the July 2018 news story in the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter on Matthew Comes winning Div II at the St. Louis National Championships!
Coach Tass in a Dell EMC commercial, filmed at the WFA!
WFA Events and Results from Past Years
Congratulations to our fencers who competed in the 2015 USA Fencing Junior Olympics! Here are the results of events with placement:
Junior Men's Epee
Matthew Comes, 65
Junior Women's Foil
Zuzu Tang, 44
Lulu Tang, 113
Cadet Women's Epee
Marielle Luke, 22
Tzveti Dimatrova, 86
Cadet Men's Epee
Matthew Comes, 52
Junior Women's Team Epee
Washington Fencing Academy, 15
Junior Women's Foil
Zuzu Tang, 10
Lulu Tang, 50
Junior Women's Epee
Marielle Luke, 34
Tzveti Dimitrova, 154
Maria Bessonova, 156
JO Qualifier Results-
Cadet Men's Epee- Svetoslav Dimitrov 6th place
Cadet Men's Foi - Matthew Osotio Ties for 3rd
Cadet Men's Saber- Ethan Wang 4th place
Junior Men's Epee - Isaac Dugaw 7th place
Junior Men's Saber - Ethan Wang 5th place
Junior Women's Epee- Maria Bessanova -Silver 2nd place, Tzveti Dimitrova and Devon Keller tie for 3rd.
Junior Women's Foil- Lulu Tang- Silver 2nd place
Congratulations to all ! - Way to go WFA !
The Gregory Mitberg is a Badass Foil Tournament
Zuzu Tang wins the Gold !
Lulu Tang 8th place and Zoe Tolbert 23rd
OFA Fall Sabre Progressive
Y14 Men's Saber- Ethan Wang wins Gold !
Men's Cadet - Ethan Wang 13th
Senior Mixed Saber- Ty Hunter wins Gold!
Excellent WFA results, We are very proud of you all !
Western Washington Foil Challenge
Congratulations to Lulu Tang taking 5th place
Louise Tang with 9th
Great results when there were 21 competitors!
Way to go WFA Foil !
Cherry Hill RYC Results- Salem, Oregon
Y10 Mixed Epee Zoe Farnsworth 1st Place!
Y12 Men's Epee Joseph Roy wins Gold!, Axel Li Silver and Russell Bronze
Y12 Women's Epee Ketki Ketkar wins Gold, Mallika Ketkar Silver and Cosette Ray Bronze
Zoe Farnsworth 5th
Y14 Men's Epee Joseph Roy 6th, Edwin Ong 9th, and Axel Li 10th
Senior Mixed Foil Zuzu Tang 5th, Louise Tang 9th.
Excellent results, Congratulations to All !
Columbia International Div 1A ROC Results are in !
Congratulations to all ! Enthusiastic results for WFA
Senior Men's Epee
Matthew Comes 3rd, Mark Blom 17th, John McDonald 20th
Senior Women's Epee
Marielle Luke 7th, Jacquie Parker 19th
Vet Combined Mixed Epee
Mark Blom 5th Place !
Senior Women's Foil for WFA !
Zulu Tang ties for 3rd
Lulu Tang takes 5th
2014 Leon Auriol Open Results - Congratulations to all WFA participants. Fantastic results !
Senior Mixed Epee -
John McDonald -7th, Matthew Comes -12th, John Comes 29th, Jameson Lu 30th
Senior Mixed Foil - Coach Chung wins GOLD !
John McDonald -10th, Zuzu Tang -15th, Louise Tang- 30th
Senior Mixed Saber -
John McDonald 6th, Ethan Wang 8th
Senior Women's Epee-
Marielle Luke - 10th, Devon Keller -21st, Ariel Stiber-22nd, Maia Stiber -23rd
Washington State Games
Matthew takes the GOLD 15-14 vs Yuly Suvorov AND renews his A2014
John McDonald takes 8th place
What a great week of fencing !
War of the Roses Epee Tournament
Y14 Mixed Epee Joseph Roy takes 5th place
Senior Mixed Epee Matthew Comes 7th place earning A2014
Wolf Crouse takes 15th place
Please note AskFred.net has a comprehensive listing of tournaments results as well as upcoming events, where you can register, find detailed event info, and lots more.
Matthew Comes & WFA: Local News Coverage
Here are some recent local news articles about Matthew's win at Summer Nationals:
Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter, June 25: Washington Fencing Academy student wins gold medal
Bothell Reporter, June 23: Bothell Teen from Issaquah Club is National Champion
WFA's Matthew Comes is Div III Men's Epee National Champion!
Matthew Comes, 15, has won the gold medal in the Division III Men's Epee event at the USA Fencing Summer National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. With a field of 125 qualified national fencers, he battled his way to the top Sunday, June 22, beating Hooked on Fencing's (Ohio) Andrew Pidhorodeckyj in the final, 15-9. Matthew is coached by WFA's Kevin Mar and Newel Rice. He will be fencing in five events at Summer Nationals this week. Fantastic job, Matthew!
SAS Y10 Y12 Y14 and Open Saber Tournament
Congratulations to All. Great WFA representation !
Y10 Park Williams takes the first place GOLD
Sanskar Tomar ties for 3rd Place
Y12 Park Williams finishes 7th ,Alex Park 8 th Place and Carolina Nobrega 10th
Y14 Noah Lin takes 13th
No Wrong Calls Epee tourney - D & Under
Isaac earns E14, Jameson takes silver, Greg takes bronze! Congrats to all!
WWD Senior Divisional Championship Results - Congratulations to all participants
John McDonald wins the 3 weapon trophy !
Cameron Brown takes 5th Place
Matthew Comes 6th, John McDonald 7th, Kevin Mar 12th, Mark Blom 13th, and John Comes 14th
John McDonald 6th and Kevin Mar 12th
John McDonald takes 7th Place
2014 Summer Nationals is approaching fast ... LET'S GET EXCITED!
June 22 - July 3rd, Columbus Ohio
Registration Opened March 24, 2014
Regular Early Fee deadline May 19th, 2014
Late Entry Fee deadline May 20th, 2014 (TRIPLE FEES)
If you are a fencer or the parent of a fencer are interested in attending, PLEASE email Jo Rorberg - Tournament Manager or call her at (425) 922-6388.
Seattle International Veteran's Cup
- Mark Blom finishes 10th
- John Comes takes 19th
Rain City Open
- Matthew Comes finishing third, and re-earned his B 2014 rating.
- Mark Blom finished with 8th Place, John Comes takes 23rd Place.
Senior Mixed Foil
- Giovanna Valenca takes 21st place
Vet Combined Mixed Epee
- Mark Blom takes 6th and John Comes 10th
Thank you for representing WFA today!
Stro Memorial ROC, Redondo Beach, CA: Great job to Marielle Luke, with a 6th-place finish!
Cinco De Mayo, NWFC, Beaverton:
Matthew Comes takes 7th place, John McDonald 15th, John Comes 36th.
Thank you all for representing WFA at the event, nicely done!
Rain City SYC
Final result are in! A very special congratulations to all of our talented and enthusiastic WFA youth fencers.
Remember: Being last is never a failure, having never tried is the true failure!
Y10 MEN'S SABER: Alexander Engen takes 13th and Henry Burner 15th
Y10 WOMEN'S EPEE: Ketki Ketkar takes 5th, Zoe Famsworth 7th and Maliika Ketkar 8th
Y12 MEN'S EPEE: Joseph Roy 17th, Edwin Ong 28th and Axel Li 30th
Y12 MEN'S SABER: Ethan Wan 9th and Sabastian Prieto 23rd
Y12 WOMEN'S SABER: Carolina Nobrega 26th
Y14 MEN'S EPEE: David Pesin 8th and Joseph Roy 31st
Y14 MEN'S SABER: Ethan Wang 17th
Another energetic day for WFA at the Rain City SYC. Thanks to Mark Lundborg for your coaching today, and nice, fencing Carolina Nobrega!
WFA is proud of our three energetic Y10 women's epee fencers today, Zoe Famsworth, Ketki, and Mallika Ketkar. Not only did you show amazing energy, but exceptional sportsmanship. Great job, and thanks to coach Johans!
SAS MIXED EPEE RESULTS- APRIL 25
Congratulations to Matthew Comes and Cameron Brown for tying and taking third place! John Comes fought an incredible battle of strength, takes 23rd place. Nice work WFA!
Outstanding results for WFA Y10 and Y12 Saber fencers at SAS, and congratulations to all!
- William Park: 1st Place Y10
- Alexander Park: 2nd Place in Y12
- Carolina Nobrega and Sebastian Prieto: tied for 3rd Place
Congratulations! Awesome results, be proud!
CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN MAR !
MINNEAPOLIS VET MEN'S 40 EPEE EVENT- Kevin takes home the 5th place medal!
Western Washington DIV II / III AND Y 14 DIVISIONAL QUALIFIER RESULTS
Washington Fencing showed a strong presence and qualified several fencers for Summer Nationals. Congratulations to all !
Y14 MEN'S EPEE
Jameson Lu 3rd
David Pesin 4th
Axel Li 6th
Y14 Men's Saber
Ethan Wang 2nd
Y14 Women's Saber
Carolina Nobrega 4th
C and under Senior Men's Epee
Cameron Brown 8th
Mark Blom 13th
Kyle Margolies 15th
Blake Philips 16th
Isaac Dugaw 17th
John Comes 24th
Jameson Lu 29th
David Pesin 30th
C and Under Senior Men's Foil
Johans Deschapelles La Rosa Ties for 3rd
Kyle Margolies 11th
C and under Senior Men's Saber
Kyle Margolies 5th
C and Under Senior Women's Epee
Maria Bessonova 1st place earning her E 2014
Tzveti Dimitrova 4th
C and under Senior Women's Foil
Giovanna Valenca 5th
Mark Blom Dances His Way to Fencing
March 25, 2014--Mark has been a WFA fencer for about three years. Recently we discovered some very interesting facts regarding his background. Mark danced ballet professionally, for about 12 years with companies in South Carolina and Florida. Mark worked as a guest artist with a number of small companies in the Southeast. Frequently Mark was cast as the bad guy.
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WFA Launches New Logo & Web Site
March 10, 2014--We are pleased to announce the launch of the new WFA logo and web site! We look forward to your feedback.
We will have new patches available in a few weeks, and you can already get lots of apparel and other fun stuff with the new logo in our WFA Shop.
WFA's Matthew Comes Duels His Way Up
February, 2014--The USA Fencing spotlight shone on the Pacific Northwest this February in Portland at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships, and WFA’s Matthew Comes responded with one of his best national event performances to date. Competing in his third-consecutive Junior Olympics (JOs), 15-year-old Matthew, supported by coaches Kevin Mar and Newel Rice, family, friends, and WFA clubmates cheering him on, fenced in the Men’s Junior Epee on Friday, February 14.
With over 190 Junior (13- to 20-year-old) fencers from the U.S. and Canada, Matthew, a B-rated fencer, drew a tough pool group with three “A”-rated fencers, another “B,” a “C,” and an “E.” Sticking to his strengths, Matthew went 3-3 in pools, seeding him 89th going into the direct eliminations (DEs). In the DEs, Matthew started with a close 15-13 win over an A-rated fencer from New Jersey seeded 40th. Next came an A-rated fencer from France, fencing for Notre Dame University. Matthew was defeated 15-6. For the day Matthew end up 56th overall. A year ago at the JOs in Baltimore, Matthew finished 86thin the Junior event.
Matthew arrived Sunday ready for the Men’s Cadet (13- to 17-year-old) event. Over 200 fencers registered, with many vying for national points and a spot on the U.S. National Cadet team headed to the Junior & Cadet World Championships in Bulgaria next month. He almost swept his pool with a 5-1 performance. His only pool loss was to the fencer who would ultimately place 2nd overall. Coming out of pools, Matthew earned a first-round bye and proceeded to win his two next DE bouts 15-8 and 15-11. Next was the number-two seed out of pools. Matthew fought hard and smart throughout the bout, but lost 12-15. Matthew placed 23rd for the event – meaning he made the top 32 and achieved a significant improvement from a year ago in Baltimore where he finished 156th.
Matthew began his fencing career in the Summer of 2010 at WFA’s week-long fencing camp at Northshore YMCA, led by Donovan Kawewehi and Kevin. He moved to WFA’s satellite classes at the Y taught by Donovan and Rachel Hughes. Gaining skills to advance, he attended regular weekly classes at the Issaquah club until late Spring 2011, and began private lessons with Kevin and Newel. Input from former WFA coaches Eugenio Salas and Arthur Urman helped motivate Matthew to compete in his first tournament, 2011’s Bladefest in Tacoma, when he was still just 12 years old - and he still didn’t come in last.
From that first tournament he has moved to compete in local, regional, and national events. At the 2013 USA Summer Nationals, in Columbus, Ohio, he gave a solid performance and earned his long sought-after D rating. A strong start for the 2013-2014 season, he quickly earned his C with top 8th finish at a Columbia International Division 1A regional tournament in Beaverton, Oregon. At the January 2014 Battle in Seattle, the largest event in Washington fencing history, he placed 16th and earned his B. Matthew is working to achieve an A rating and higher national points in his near future, but is more focused on improving his fencing tactics and reaching the finals strip at his next events--in particular, the USA Fencing Summer Nationals in June. As in 2013, they will also take place in Columbus, Ohio.
New Edition of Escrime, the FIE Magazine!
Check out the latest digital issue of Escrime, the magazine of the International Fencing Federation (FIE), which is distributed globally, includes photos and several articles by WFA's Serge Timacheff. Click the magazine image to take a look!
The 2014 Battle in Seattle!
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