1891 – O’Connor, Tatham, Nadal, Van Zo Post1891 - O'Connor, Tatham, Nadal, Van Zo Post

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

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1940 Men’s Epee Fencing

March 1, 1940 (6 months into WWII in Europe) an Italian-German match.

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1966 Moscow World Championships1966 Moscow World Championships

Carol Kuzen, Carl Borack, Stan Sieja, Denise O’Connor, “vladimir” our interpreter, and Leslie Bleamaster
Photo taken by Joe Elliottt, Moscow World Championships, 1966

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1967 Pan Am Games gold medal epee team1967  Pan Am Games gold medal epee team

1967 Pan Am Games gold medal epee team for USA. Standing l to r- Paul Pesthy, Ralph Spinella, Carl Borack, Frank Anger. Kneeling – Coach Delmar Calvert, armorer Dan DeChaine, Coach Stan Sieja.

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1974 Men’s Epee National Championship finalists1974 Men's Epee National Championship finalists

From Right to Left:  Dan Cantillon who defeated Carl Borack (on his left) in a fence-off for first place, both of us had 4 and 1 records in the final. Wayne Johnson-3rd, Bill Matheson, 4th,, Bill Reith, 5th, and Paul Pesthy, 6th.

1974 Men’s Epee National Championship finalists

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1986 U.S. Men’s World Championships Epee Team1986 U.S. Men's World Championships Epee Team

l to r   Holt Farley, Steve Trevor, Chuck Michael, Lee Shelley, Bob Marx. The U.S. Men’s World Championships Epee Team, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1986. photo by Carl Borack

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1987 Pan Am Men’s Epee Team1987 Pan Am Men's Epee Team

1987 Pan Am Men’s Epee Team

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1988 Training Camp In Hawaii Before Seoul Olympic Games1988 Training Camp In Hawaii Before Seoul Olympic Games

l to r  John Moreau, Jon Normile, Carl Borack

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1996 Olympic Fencing Team Opening Ceremony1996 Olympic Fencing Team Opening Ceremony

’96 Olympians, photo taken in the holding area prior to Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta
Photo By Carl Borack

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1996 Olympic Team at the White House1996 Olympic Team at the White House

1996 Olympic Team at the White House

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2004 Olympics Epee Team2004 Olympics Epee Team

Soren Thompson hooks up with his teammates watching at the ’04 Olympic Games
photo by John Heil

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2009 Women’s Pan Am Epee Team2009 Women's Pan Am Epee Team

Team USA, winners of the Pan Am Zonal women’s Team Epee competition.  Courtney Hurley, Danielle Henderson, Kelley Hurley and Lindsay Campbell.

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Anger, FrankAnger, Frank

1964 US Olympic Team, won 3 gold medals in the Pan American Games including the 1963 Pan Am Games Epee Champion

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Annavedder, Max

Max went to California State University Long Beach, and wanted to be a writer. He loved fencing and was a B-rated fencer when he died. He fenced foil his first year.

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Berry, DickBerry, Dick

Richard Berry 1952 All-American, 1952 NCAA Runner-up in individual epee, two-time Big Ten Champion (1952 epee/1953 foil), 1959 PanAm Games, 2-time US National Epee champion 1957 & 1958

VIDEO: Dick Berry interviewed by Andy Shaw

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Bozek, ScottBozek, Scott

2-time Epee Olympian, Scott Bozek confers with Hall of Fame coach Joe Pechinsky (both with Tanner City FC) at the 1976 US Nationals in Cherry Hill, NJ.  photo by Andy Shaw

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Bradford, VincentBradford, Vincent

USFA national foil champion (1984); national epee champion (1982, ’83,’84, ’86).
NIWFA foil champion (1975,’77) for San Jose State. Assistant Director USFA Coaches College. Coach, Texas Fencing Academy.

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Burke, JessicaBurke, Jessica

Jessica Burke overcomes illness, hardships to become star fencer

By Thomas Bassinger, Collegian Staff Writer

Not many athletes can boast that they are Olympic candidates in a sport that they once hated. And not many athletes can return to championship form after suffering a career-threatening illness.

Senior Jessica Burke of the Penn State fencing team is one of a rare breed, however.

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Campoli, JimCampoli, Jim

Competitor, Coach, Club Director, Tournament Official, and Adminstrator.

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Dutcher, RayDutcher, Ray

13-time Indian Club Champion, 1920 US Epee Champion, 6th at the 1920 Olympic Games – Men’s Epee Team.

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Eisner, GilEisner, Gil

Gil Eisner 1977

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Elliott and NetburnElliott and Netburn

Joe Elliott and Steve Netburn, US epee champions at the 1966 World Championships in Moscow

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First Csiszar Invitational Epee Tournament, 1970First Csiszar Invitational Epee Tournament, 1970

Kneeling: Steve Netburn, George Masin, Paul Pesthy.
Standing: Todd Makler, Dave Micahnik, Mike Morgan (organizing committee), Larry Anastasi (holding the permanent Csiszar Trophy), Maestro Lajos Csiszar, James Melcher, and Scott Bozek.

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Heiss, GustaveHeiss, Gustave

Gustave Heiss is one of the most successful epee fencers in the US history by winning 6 US national championships in men’s epee (representing the NY Fencers’ Club). He went on to fence in the 1932 Olympics and win the Olympic Bronze medal in men’s epee team, and competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where the Americans finished 5th.

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Higgins, EugeneHiggins, Eugene

Mr. Eugene Higgins

Mr. Higgins is not only the richest but the handsomest unmarried New Yorker,” the account went on . “He is a devoted golfer, an expert cross-country rider, a’goodgun,’ a skillful fisherman and a yachtsman of no mean seamanship” and he won the American fencing championships in the duelling sword (epee) while representing the New York Athletic Club. He studied fencing in France with Mr. Ruze’. “Sartorially, he is all that can be desired.

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Linkmeyer, FredLinkmeyer, Fred

Fred Linkmeyer, representing the Los Angeles Athletic Club was a 3-time national épée team champion. He fenced primarily in Los Angeles, where he attended the University of Southern California. He graduated from USC in 1931. The USFA sanctioned USC Linkmeyer Invitational is held annually in his honor by the USC Fencing Club.

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Littmann, JaneLittmann, Jane

Jane Littmann – the first A rated women’s epee fencer in the world.

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Marx, LeslieMarx, Leslie

2-time US Epee champion Leslie Marx

When Leslie Marx is asked how she is able to juggle her position as an assistant professor at the Simon School of business at the University of Rochester with her standing as the top U.S. epee fencer, she responds with a laugh, “A forgiving employer.”

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Marx, RobertMarx, Robert

Robert Marx won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in 1976, and competed in Men’s Epee at the Olympics in 1984, 1988, and 1992.

VIDEO: Bob Marx interviewed by Andy Shaw at the 2013 Junior Olympics

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McClellan, CathyMcClellan, Cathy

5-time US National Foil Team Champion and 2-time US National Epee Champion with Tanner City FC under Joe Pechinsky, Cathy is one of only a handful of women in US fencing history to be nationally ranked in the top 10 in both foil and epee in the same year, an achievement she accomplished 3 times.

Video: Cathy McClellan interviewed by Andy Shaw

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Men’s Epee Olympians

Men’s Team Epee

1932 George Calnan, Bronze

1932 Gustave Heiss, Bronze

1932 Frank Righeimer, Bronze

1932 Tracy Jaeckel, Bronze

1932 Curtis Shears, Bronze

1932 Miguel de Capriles, Bronze

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Men’s Epee Record Holders

8 Titles

Leo George Nunes 1917, 1922, out 1921, 1924, out 1925, 1926, 1928, 1932


6 Titles

Gustave Marinius Heiss out 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, out 1940, 1941

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Men’s Epee World Champions

Gold Medalist

2006, Graham Wicas, CME

Silver Medalist

2007, Graham Wicas, JME

Bronze Medalists

1975, Tim Glass, JME

1999, Seth Kelsey, Soren Thompson, Jan Viviani, JMET

2002, Benjamin Bratton, CME

2006, Benjamin Ungar, JME

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Normile, JonNormile, Jon

JON NORMILE was inducted February 18, 2006 (Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame)
Normile came out of the Cleveland area and stepped into Columbia fencing immortality. He helped the Lions to four Ivy League championships (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989), making All-Ivy League three times. Columbia won three consecutive NCAA Championships with Normile’s assistance, in 1987, 1988, and 1989 — in each season, he made All-American. He captained the 1989 team.

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Pasche, MarcelPasche, Marcel

Marcel Pasche 1930 Epee champion

Marcel Pasche was born in Switzerland and his father later moved the family to Turkey and then to New York City.  He probably learned to fence in Switzerland.  Fluent in french, Marcel joined the J. Sanford Saltus Club which was housed in the French YMCA.

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Pesthy, PaulPesthy, Paul

AFLA national epee champion (1964, ’66, ’67, ’68, ’83). Member, U.S. Olympic fencing team (1964, ’68, ’76); member, U.S. Olympic modern pentathlon team (1964, ’68). Olympic silver medalist, Pentathlon team 1964, World Team Bronze 1962, ’63. IFA epee champion (1964) and NCAA epee champion (1964, ’65) for Rutgers.

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Pew, DickPew, Dick

Eastern Intercollegiate epee champion, 1954 and 1955. Fourth in the epee finals at the 1956 Olympic Games, winning more bouts than any other contender.

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Sands, Maj. General Thomas J.

Maj. General Thomas J. Sands
(1903-1984) – AFLA national epee champion (1935, ’37). Member, U.S. Olympic team (1936). At the 1937 World Championships in Paris, Sands attained the individual epee final and finished fifth. IFA epee champion for Army (1927).

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Santos, HenriqueSantos, Henrique

Henrique Santos was the 1942 US Epee champion

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Sauer, AlfredSauer, Alfred

Alfred Ernest Sauer learned to fence at the Chicago Turngemeinde when he was 16. He went on to win the US National Championships in saber (1909), epee (1913), and foil (1916) representing the Illinois Athletic Club.

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Shurtz, SkipShurtz, Skip

US Epee Champion 1954, US Foil Champion 1956,  1956 Olympian Foil & Epee

Three video interviews: Skip Shurtz

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Siebert, FredSiebert, Fred

Fred Siebert, 1940 US Men’s Epee champion

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Stevens, Arlene

From the New York Times, August 30, 2000

OLYMPICS; First, There Was Parrying With Mother

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Stone, DonnaStone, Donna

Donna Stone, Olympian and champion epeeist from New Jersey.  Donna Stone was 5th in the world in 1989.

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Stull, Jugan, and SchmidtStull, Jugan, and Schmidt

3 top Epeeists posed at Westside Fencing Center: 4-time US Epee Champion Rob Stull, US National Epee Team member Bruce Jugan and 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Arndt Schmidt from West Germany.

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Stull, RobStull, Rob

Stull, 47, is a 3-time Olympian, and competed in Modern Pentathlon in 1984, 1988 and 1992, winning a silver medal as part of the 1984 U.S. Pentathlon team. Pentathlon events include swimming, running, shooting, epee fencing and horseback riding.
VIDEO:  Robert Stull Interviewed by Andy Shaw at the Divisional Championships

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Tatham, CharlesTatham, Charles

(1853 – 1939), one of the five founding fathers of the AFLA/USFA. He won three Olympic medals for the US, plus the National individual epee title in 1901, ’02, and ’03, the Individual Men’s Foil in 1901, and the Men’s Epee Team in 1908.  Member of the US Fencing Hall of Fame.

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Tingley, LoyalTingley, Loyal

Loyal Tingley was the 1939 US Epee champion and was selected for the 1940 US Olympic Team….but, of course, the Olympics were cancelled due to WWII.

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Vebell wins ’64 Martini & RossiVebell wins '64 Martini & Rossi

Ed Vebell (right) winning the gold medal at the 1964 Martini & Rossi International Epee Tournament at the New York Athletic Club.  Vebell was the first American to win this title.

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Watson, RubyWatson, Ruby

Ruby Watson of the Metropolitan Division was the most formidable voice year after year for the development and inclusion of Women’s Epee and Women’s Saber in US Division 1 and Olympic events.

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Wolff, AlbertWolff, Albert

1946 US National Epee Champion
Olympics 1948, 1952
Pan Am  1951 World
Administration- 1958 World Championship Team Committee.
born 7-13-1906 Barr, France
represented the Louisville Fencers

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Women’s Epee Olympians

Best Non-Medaling Olympic Performances

8th Place WET 1996

Elaine Cheris, Nhi Lan Le, Leslie Marx

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Women’s Epee Record Holders

4 Titles

Vincent Hayden Bradford 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986


3 Titles

Donna Lee Stone 1987, 1990, 1994

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Women’s Epee World Champions

Gold Medalists

2006, Courtney Hurley, CWE

Bronze Medalists

1998, Jessica Burke, Kate Rudkin, Arlene Stevens, JWET

1999, Jessica Burke, JWE

1999, Andrea Ament, CWE

2002, Sada Jacobson, JWE

2002, Kerry Walton, JWE

2003, Kamara James, JWE

2004, Keri Byerts, CWE

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