The Metropolis Fencing Club of New York City easily handled the Mori Fencing Club of Los Angeles on Monday to win the 1994 men's team foil title at the U.S. Fencing Association's National Championships.
Paced by Zaddick Longenbach, a member of the 1994 U.S. World Championship team, Cliff Bayer and Alan Weber, Metropolis raced to an early lead and won the gold medal bout 5-1."We came out really strong and prepared," Longenbach said. "We didn't underestimate anyone and we stayed in control the whole time."
To advance to the final round, Metropolis defeated Escrime du Lac, of South Bend, Ind., 5-2 while Mori ousted the New York Athletic Club, the tournament favorite, by a similar score.
In the men's Under-19 Epee competition, Richard Sobhani, of Huntington, N.Y., defeated Tom Peng, of Los Angeles, 15-7. Sobhani led 9-6 in the gold medal match when Peng had a severe cramp in his lower leg midway through the second period. Given the ultimatum to fence or withdraw, Peng continued and scored only one more touch in the bout.