Stephen Ewart also had his highest finish in Division I Men's Epee, the highest US level, by placing a very tough 15th overall. After a rough start in pools, Stephen fenced the number 2 seed out of pools and 17th ranked Senior Men's Epeeist, Dennis Kraft. After a 15-10 win, he had to face the very skilled Marat Israelian who placed 2nd in the last Division I NAC. Stephen was determined and focused and came out on top with a 15-8 win over a very tough opponent. Stephen then fenced with top Senior Dwight Smith, where he won 15-10. He then lost his top 24 bout to Zeyad Elashry 15-13 which put him in the repechage rounds. He then fenced a tough bout against top Junior fencer, Justin Yoo, to come back from behind and win 15-14. He ended up losing to Adi Thein-Sandler to get to top 12, 15-13, to finish in 15th overall. Joey Rafidi also joined Stephen in the top 32 out of over 286 fencers by finishing in 23rd overall. They all did an excellent job and we look forward to the future.
With these finishes, Stephen continues on his journey to be one of the top 3 in the nation to be selected for the Cadet Men's Epee team to be held in Bourges France in April 2016. We wish him luck in the upcoming Bratislava tournament and to Junior Olympics in February. Go Stephen!
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