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  • 1,800 Young Fencers Converge on Cleveland Convention Center

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -  The best junior (U20) and cadet (U17) fencers in the nation will compete at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships this weekend at the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland. National Champions will be crowned in each of the three weapons (epee, foil and saber) for both men and women. Athletes will also be competing for spots on the U.S. National Team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Junior and Cadet World Championships in April in France. The event build-out includes 49 fencing strips and utilizes all of Exhibit Hall B and C in the Convention Center.

    The event runs Friday, February 12 – Monday, February 15, with competitions begin each morning at 8:30 a.m. For the full schedule:

    1,800 fencers from across the country, including at least 68 from Ohio, are expected to compete in the event. Also competing are the following world championships medalists:

    • Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass. / Women’s Foil), 2015 Junior World team silver medalist
    • Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif. / Men’s Epee), 2014 Junior World bronze and Cadet World silver medalist
    • Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky. / Men’s Foil), 2014 Junior World team bronze medalist
    • Sam Moelis (Hewlett, N.Y. / Men’s Foil), 2015 Cadet World Champion
    • Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y. / Women’s Foil), 2015 Cadet World bronze medalist
    • Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif. / Women’s Epee), 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist
    • Ari Simmons (Bellaire, Texas / Men’s Epee), 2013 Cadet World Champion

    View the full list of competitors:

    The 2016 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships will infuse $1.37 million into our economy and expose Cleveland as a top visitor destination to 1,800 young athletes and their families. The event continues a growing partnership between the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and USA Fencing. A similar event was held at the Convention Center in November of 2013 and the USA Fencing March North America Cup is scheduled for March of 2017 at the Convention Center. The event also fills the Convention Center for five full days and is one of three Sports Commission events utilizing the space in 2016 (Junior Volleyball Association Rock ‘n’ Rumble in January, Donate Life Transplant Games of America in June).