1932 Olympic Saber Team

1932Olympic-SABERTEAM2.jpg1932 US Olympic Saber Team:  Norman Armitage, John Huffman, Peter Bruder , Nicholas Muray, Harold Van Buskirk, Ralph Faulkner



1948 Saber Olympic Team

1948SabreTeamOlympic2.jpg1948 US Olympic Saber Fencing Team, London
l to r : George Worth, Dean Cetrulo, Miguel deCapriles, Norman Armitage, Tibor Nyilas, James Flynn



1960 North Atlantics: Morales, Deladrier, Hurst

moralesdeladrierhurst2.jpgAl Morales, Andre Deladrier, Buzz Hurst at 1960 North Atlantic section championships.



1988 Olympic Saber Team

1988SaberTeam2.jpg L to r - Steve Mormando, Paul Friedberg, Peter Westbrook, Michael Lofton, Bob Cottingham
Photo by Carl Borack




1988 Training Camp In Hawaii Before Seoul Olympic Games

1988_TrainingBeforeSeoulGames1988B.jpg l to r  John Moreau, Jon Normile, Carl Borack



1995 Pan Am Men's Saber Team Gold




2008 Olympic Saber Team

2008OlympicSaber2.jpg2008 Men's Olympic Saber Team, Beijing.  Keeth Smart, Jason Rogers, Tim Morehouse, James WIlliams



Armitage, Norman C.


17 US saber titles



Blum, Robert

robertblum001th.jpg Robert Max Blum occupies a special place in American fencing. Beginning his successful competitive career as an All-American fencer at Trinity College, Bob went on to capture national or international points in five different decades, became the first of only 2 Americans in history to make the World Championship individual saber finals (1958)  (equaled later only by Peter Westbrook) , competed on two US Olympic Teams (1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City), qualified for 3 US Pan American Games teams, won the Metropolitan Division Men’s Individual Saber title 7 times, appeared almost perennially in the final round of the National Championships during the late 1950s and the 1960s, won the United States Saber Team title 10 times for Santelli and later Fencers Club, made the semi-final rounds of a world-circuit saber event at age 46, and officiated at 4 Olympic Games (1964, 1968, 1976, 1984),  earning him a place in US saber fencing history. But what also sets him above and apart from so many others has been Bob’s breadth of achievement.



Bruder, Peter

Peter Bruder fenced on the US Olympic Team in 1932 and 1936, and on the 1934 US International Team.




Cetrulo, Dean

AFLA national foil champion (1941, '47); national sabre champion (1948). Member, US. Olympic team (1948), reached the semifinals in foil individual and sabre individual. Member, Olympic bronze medal-winning sabre team (1948).



DiCerbo, Tom

TOM DiCerbo Shoulders slumped. Hands plunged deep into Levi pockets when they weren’t wrapped around a weapon. The “plain wrap” baseball cap. And a heart as boundless as Olympic dreams. Tom DiCerbo was a living, breathing caricature of the gruff, “do it my way or else” fencing coach, but most of all, he was one hell of a human being.



Goering, William

william goering, foil fencer



Keane, Jack


Pan American saber champion, 1968



Levitt, Teddy

TeddyLevittsm.jpg “The mindset I learned from my coach, is that if your facing someone you know you can beat, you shouldn’t be nervous,” says Levitt, “ If you are facing someone you know is better, you have nothi



Mandel, Dave

Dave MANDEL at NCAA Dave Mandel won the NCAA Saber title in 1990 and went on to take the Division 1 US National Saber title in 1993.
photo at the 1990 NCAA's by Andy Shaw



Muray, Nikolas

nickmuray2.jpg (1892-1965) - Born in Hungary. AFLA national sabre champion (1927, '28). Member, U.S. Olympic team (1928, '32). Known as the "photographer of the famous" - he was the outstanding portraitist of the 1920's and '30's. 



Nyilas, Tibor

Tibor Nyilas’ achievements in fencing were simply spectacular. A youthful national star in his native Hungary before he came to the United States in 1939, Tibor absolutely dominated American Saber Fencing for more than twenty years.




O'Connor, Tatham, Nadal, Van Zo Post, 1891


William Scott O'Connor, Charles Tatham, C. C. Nadal, and Albertson Van Zo Post



Orban, Alex

Alex Orban World Class Fencer
Orban is a star. An international star. He can do everything that ever was intended to be done with a saber. And he probably can do it faster than anybody. He is generally acknowledged to be one of the three fastest, if not the fastest, man in the world.  (exerpt from "Spotlight is on Alex Orban, by Jack Keane")



Postgate, George William



Rogers, Jason

ROGERStakesOLYMPICsilver2.jpgTwo-time NCAA Championships bronze medallist for Ohio State, in 2002 and 2003; Bronze, individual saber, 2003 Pan Am Games and member of Gold-medal U.S. team; 8th, Senior “A” World Cup, Madrid, SPA, May 2003



Seven Hall of Famers in the NY Fencers Club

SEVEN hall of famers at NYFCSeven Hall of Famers in the NY Fencers Club - Rene Pinchart, Warren Dow, Giorgio Santelli, Tibor Nyilas, Lajos Csiszar, Dean Cetrulo, and Norman Armitage



Van Buskirk, Harold


Harold Van Buskirk, from the Houston Post, 1964



VanBlijenburgh, Capt. Hubert

VanBlijenburgh1914s.jpg Lieutenant Hubert Van Blijenburgh, an officer of the Dutch Army who has been represending the N.Y.A.C in fencing contests this year, is not going to remain very long in the United States. He is taking a course in the Y.M.C.A. College at Springfield, Mass, having been sent there by his Government, and after finishing up his studies will return to his native land to assume an important position in the Royal Military Academy, which is an institution similar to West Point.



Westbrook, Peter


13-time national champion and six-time Olympian.




Worth, George

U.S. national sabre champion (1954); medalist five times. U.S. Olympic team (1948, '52, '56, '60). Finalist, Olympic sabre individual (1948) - fifth place. Member, bronze medal-winning sabre team (1948) and fourth place sabre team (1960). One of the leading officials in the sport.



Men's Saber World Champions

Gold Medalists
2001, Ivan Lee, Colin Parker, Jason Rogers, Timothy Hagamen, JMST

Silver Medalists
2001, Ivan Lee, JMS
2001, Timothy Hagaman, CMS
2003, Adam Crompton, Patrick Ghattas, Mike Momtselidze, Jason Rogers, JMST

Bronze Medalists
1994, Terrence Lasker, CMS
1998, Ivan Lee, CMS
1999, Colin Parker, CMS
2000, Ivan Lee, JMS
2000, Jason Rogers, CMS
2000, Mariel Zagunis, CWS
2001, Colin Parker, JMS
2002, Luther Clement, CMS
2002, Mike Momtselidze, JMS
2004, Timothy Hagamen, Alex Krul, Mike Momtselidze, Max Williams, JMST
2006, Raskyrie Davidson, CMS

Men's Saber Record Holders

17 Titles
Norman Armitage: 1929 (out), 1930, 1930 (out), 1932 (out), 1933 (out), 1934, 1935, 1935 (out), 1936, 1939, 1939 (out), 1940, 1940 (out), 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945

13 Titles
Peter Westbrook: 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995

8 Titles
Dr. John Huffman: 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 (out), 1936 (out), 1937, 1938, 1938 (out)

7 Titles
Tibor Nyilas: 1944, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956

5 Titles
August Anderson: 1904, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1913
Alex Orban: 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972

4 Titles
Charles Bothner: 1891, 1895, 1896, 1897
Leo Nunes: 1922, 1926, 1928 (out), 1929

3 Titles
Albertson Van Zo Post: 1901, 1902, 1903
Sherman Hall: 1915, 1916, 1920
Danial Magay: 1957, 1958, 1961

2 Titles
Graeme Hammond: 1893, 1894
Eugene Hamori: 1960, 1963
Alfonso Morales: 1966, 1967
Thomas Losonczy: 1976, 1977
Michael Lofton: 1991, 1992
Akhnaten Spencer-El: 1999, 2000
Keeth Smart: 2002, 2004

1 Titles
Hildreth Bloodgood: 1888
Luis Franke: 1889
George Heintz: 1890
Rudolph Haubold: 1892
Georges Kavanagh: 1899
John Erving: 1900
Kirk Johnson: 1905
George Postgate: 1908
Alfred Sauer: 1909
Joseph Shaw: 1910
Charles Bill: 1912
Hubert Van Blijenburgh: 1914
Chauncey McPherson: 1921
John Gignoux: 1924
Joseph Vince: 1925
Harold Van Buskirk: 1927 (out)
Peter Bruder: 1931 (out)
Irving Cantor: 1937 (out)
Miguel de Capriles: 1941 (out)
James Flynn: 1947
Dean Cetrulo: 1948
Umberto De Martino: 1949
George Worth: 1954
Dick Dyer: 1955
Thomas Orley: 1959
Michael D’Asaro: 1962
Attila Keresztes: 1964
Jack Keane: 1968
Paul Apostol: 1973
Stanley Lekach: 1978
Steve Mormando: 1987
Robert Cottingham: 1990
David Mandel: 1993
John Friedberg: 1994
Adam Skarbonkiewicz: 1996
Terrence Lasker: 1997
Patrick Durkan: 1998

*"out" refers to United States Outdoor
National Foil competitions, held twice
in AFLA/USFA history.

Men's Saber Olympians

Men's Individual Sabre
1904 William Grebe, Silver
1904 Albertson Van Zo Post, Bronze
1984 Peter Westbrook, Bronze

Men's Team Sabre
1948 Norman Armitage, Bronze
1948 George Worth, Bronze
1948 Tibor Nyilas, Bronze
1948 Dean Cetrulo, Bronze
1948 Miguel de Capriles, Bronze
1948 James Flynn, Bronze

Best Non-Medaling Olympic Performances

4th Place MST 1932
Peter Bruder, John Huffman, Ralph Faulkner, Norman Armitage, Nickolas Muray, Harold Van Buskirk

4th Place MST 1952
Norman Cudworth Armitage, Miguel Angel deCapriles, Tibor Andrew Nyilas, Alex E. Treves, George V. Worth, Allan Sidney Kwartler

4th Place MST 1960
Allan Sidney Kwartler, George V. Worth, Michael Anthony D'Asaro, Alfonso Morales, Tibor Andrew Nyilas, Richard Rex Dyer

4th Place MST 2004
Ivan Lee, Jason Rogers, Keeth Smart

5th Place MS 1948
George V. Worth

5th Place MST 1920
Edwin Gaines Fullinweider, Joseph Brooks Bloodgood Parker, C. Bradford Fraley, Arthur St. Clair Lyon, Frederick John Cunningham, Claiborne Jay Walker, John William Dimond, Roscoe Leroy Bowman

5th Place MST 1936
Peter Bruder, John Randolph Huffman, Norman Cudworth Armitage, Miguel Angel deCapriles, Bela De Nagy, Samuel Thompson Stewart, Jr.

6th Place MS 1932
John Randolph Huffman

6th Place MST 1984

7th Place MS 1948
Tibor Andrew Nyilas

US National Men's Saber Champions


1888 Hildreth Bloodgood
1889 Luis Franke
1890 George Heintz
1891 Charles Bothner
1892 Rudolph Haubold
1893 Graeme Hammond
1894 Graeme Hammond
1895 Charles Bothner
1896 Charles Bothner
1897 Charles Bothner
1899 Georges Kavanagh
1900 John Erving
1901 Albertson Van Zo Post
1902 Albertson Van Zo Post
1903 Albertson Van Zo Post
1904 August Anderson
1905 Kirk Johnson
1906 August Anderson
1907 August Anderson
1908 George Postgate
1909 Alfred Sauer
1910 Joseph Shaw
1911 August Anderson
1912 Charles Bill
1913 August Anderson
1914 Hubert Van Blijenburgh
1915 Sherman Hall
1916 Sherman Hall
1917 Arthur Lyon
1919 Arthur Lyon
1920 Sherman Hall
1921 Chauncey McPherson
1922 Leo Nunes
1923 Leon Schoonmaker
1924 John Gignoux
1925 Joseph Vince
1926 Leo Nunes
1927 Nickolas Muray
1927 Harold Van Buskirk(OUT)
1928 Nickolas Muray
1928 Leo Nunes(OUT)
1929 Leo Nunes
1929 Norman Armitage(OUT)
1930 Norman Armitage
1930 Norman Armitage(OUT)
1931 Johnny Huffman
1931 Peter Bruder(OUT)
1932 Johnny Huffman
1932 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1933 Johnny Huffman
1933 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1934 Norman Armitage
1934 Johnny Huffman (OUT)
1935 Norman Armitage
1935 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1936 Norman Armitage
1936 Johnny Huffman (OUT)
1937 Johnny Huffman
1937 Irving Cantor (OUT)
1938 Johnny Huffman
1938 Johnny Huffman (OUT)
1939 Norman Armitage
1939 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1940 Norman Armitage
1940 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1941 Norman Armitage
1941 Miguel deCapriles (OUT)
1942 Norman Armitage
1943 Norman Armitage
1944 Tibor Nyilas
1945 Norman Armitage
1946 Tibor Nyilas
1947 James Flynn
1948 Dean Cetrulo
1949 Umberto De Martino
1950 Tibor Nyilas
1951 Tibor Nyilas
1952 Tibor Nyilas
1953 Tibor Nyilas
1954 George Worth
1955 Dick Dyer
1956 Tibor Nyilas
1957 Daniel Magay
1958 Daniel Magay
1959 Thomas Orley
1960 Eugene Hamori
1961 Daniel Magay
1962 Michael D'Asaro
1963 Eugene Hamori
1964 Attila Keresztes
1965 Alex Orban
1966 Alfonso Morales
1967 Alfonso Morales
1968 Jack Keane
1969 Alex Orban
1970 Alex Orban
1971 Alex Orban
1972 Alex Orban
1973 Paul Apostol
1974 Peter Westbrook
1975 Peter Westbrook
1976 Thomas Losonczy
1977 Thomas Losonczy
1978 Stanley Lekach
1979 Peter Westbrook
1980 Peter Westbrook
1981 Peter Westbrook
1982 Peter Westbrook
1983 Peter Westbrook
1984 Peter Westbrook
1985 Peter Westbrook
1986 Peter Westbrook
1987 Steven Mormando
1988 Peter Westbrook
1989 Peter Westbrook
1990 Robert Cottingham
1991 Michael Lofton
1992 Michael Lofton
1993 David Mandel
1994 John Friedberg
1995 Peter Westbrook
1996 Adam Skarbonkiewicz
1997 Terrence Lasker
1998 Patrick Durkan
1999 Akhnaten Spencer-El
2000 Akhnaten Spencer-El
2001 Ivan Lee
2002 Keeth Smart
2003 Ivan Lee
2004 Keeth Smart
2005 Ivan Lee
2006 Ivan Lee

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