NCAA Champions Penn State

Penn State homepageI was pleasantly surprised to find this pop-up on the Penn State Athletics page! Congrats to Penn State on their 13th NCAA Championship Title! Yea yea, wrestling is sharing the page, but they also won this weekend. It reminds me of how my fencing practice space at NYAC shares the basement with wrestling. And my dad was a wrestler. Maybe fencing and wrestling have more in common than we think…

Congrats to all the NJ fencers that competed in the NCAAs as well! Here are some results from NJ:Cooper Schumacher 8th ME (Pompton Lakes)
Charles Clark 16th ME (Teaneck)
Brian Kaneshige 8th MF (Columbia)
Andrew Kelly 24th MS (Columbia)
Ashley Severson 10th WE (Ramapo)
Jackie Dubrovich 3rd WF (Pompton Lakes)
Jennifer Yamin 23rd WF (Northern Highlands)
Ambika Singh 9th WF (Montgomery)
Alisha Gomez-Shah 18th WS (Wayne Hills)
Celina Merza 9th WS (Wayne Hills)

Let me know if I forgot anyone!

Penn State coach is out, but you can help

For a school with as much fencing success and history as Penn State, it’s shocking to hear that the man who is responsible for that legacy would be asked to leave on questionable grounds. Penn State has not had much luck on the coaching front since the Joe Pa scandals, but some things need a stronger explaination. Emik Kaidanov is one of the most winning fencing coaches in NCAA history, with a 795-77 combined record, 12 NCAA Championships, 4-time Coach of the Year, 28 Individual NCAA Champions, 188 All-Americans, 10 Olympians, 1 World Champion (Miles!), and multi-time National Coach for Maccabiah Games, World University Games, and World Championships. I had the pleasure of getting to know him on the 2011 World University Games team as our Team Captain. He had a quiet but kind sensibility that I appreciate in the stressful environment of a tournament. I have a ton of respect for him and his staff, which is why I’m surprised the University wouldn’t show him the same.
Here an article that better explain the situation and what has happened: What We Know So Far
And an alumni letter posted on TheFencingCoach about his firing: PSU Alumni Letter


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To help Emik, you can sign a petition on ThePetitionSite

Already, you can see other fencing coaches, former PSU fencers, and supporters are signing up. But the goal is far from reached. Sign the petition and help Coach Kaidanov!

2009 NCAA Champions
2009 NCAA Champions