Islander finishes second nationally
From June 28 to July 7, almost 4,000 of the nation’s best fencers converged on Columbus, Ohio, for the USA Fencing National Championships. The tournament is the final competition of the American scholastic fencing season and the largest fencing tournament in the world.
Athletes competed in the three fencing weapons – foil, epee and saber – by age groups ranging from 10 to 90 years old. Participants were required to prequalify for places at the tournament in local or regional competitions.
Josef Cohen of Jamestown collected two medals: a 2nd-place silver in Division II men’s saber and a 6th-place medal in men’s saber for fencers aged 14 years old or under.
Division II restricts participants to fencers holding a national ranking of C or under. The United States Fencing Association awards ratings that range from A (the highest) to E. Joe battled 148 total fencers in Division II to score the silver, earning him a new national ranking of B.
Joe trains at the Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club in East Providence.