On the weekend of November 17-19, York Prep High School freshman Ethan Kushnerik represented the USA at the Cadet World Cup in Espoo, Finland. Over 280 top athletes from more than 25 countries attended the event. USA sent 20 of its best athletes in the Cadet (under 17 years old) category. Ethan who turned fourteen just four month ago, was the youngest member of the Team USA. The World Cup in Finland is an essential step towards qualifying to fence at the World Championships. Taking place in Verona, Italy in April 2018, each country will send three of its best athletes.
Prior to the World Cup in Finland, The United States Fencing Association, the national governing body for the sport of fencing in the United States, had Ethan ranked number twenty in the country in the cadet men’s epee category. After Ethan’s win in Finland, his rank moved up to number nine in individual and number seven in team points.
While in Finland, Ethan finished preliminary round with four wins and two loses. For the first bout in direct elimination, Ethan fenced Yelnur Tulegenov from Kazakhstan and won 15-11. In the next round, Ethan defeated Henrik Priimagi from Estonia, with the score 15-8. To make top 16, Ethan faced one of the top U.S. fencers, Harrison Kimatian, ranked number three in the country. Despite the fact that Kimatian is older and more experienced, 14-year-old Ethan was victorious with a score of 15-11. Fencing for top 8, Ethan defeated another United States fencer, Jared Felker with the score 15-9. For top 4, Ethan fenced much older and more experienced Great Britain’s Luke Mason to whom Ethan lost by one touch, 14-15. Let’s congratulate Ethan on this accomplishment on his mission to fence at the World Championships this spring.