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Top 10 Fencers of CCNY

Updated on April 28, 2020
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I am retired and a former epee fencer at CCNY Varsity and USFA. I have achieved the rank of A and have competed in National tournament.


CCNY has a long and rich history as an institution of higher learning. It was established in 1847 as a free public university in NYC. It is also the home of many athletes who went on to achieve greatness. This article will focus on the sport of fencing. Here are the top 10 fencers/coaches of CCNY.

- Dec. 2017

The Top 10 List...

The following 10 fencers and coaches were all members of the CCNY Hall of Fame. In addition, they have gone on and achived much more in USA Fencing including Olympics medals and World Championships.

  • Albert Axlrod - His obituary in the NYT. Mr. Axelrod, nicknamed Albie, had a straight-ahead, relentlessly attacking style that propelled him to an Olympic bronze medal in 1960. He was a member of five consecutive Olympic fencing teams in the foil and was best in the United States in his weapon in 1955, 1958, 1960 and 1970. He was ranked in the nation's top 10 from 1942 to 1970, except for three years he missed while in the Navy during World War II.
  • Dr. Daniel Bukantz - His obituary in the NYT.Dr. Bukantz, a member of the United States Fencing Hall of Fame in Shreveport, La., won the national singles championship in the foil four times (1949, ’52, ’53 and ’57). He competed in four consecutive Olympics, beginning with the 1948 London Games, specializing in the foil, and was part of nine national championship teams representing the Fencers Club of New York. He won a gold medal in foil at the 1950 Maccabiah Games in Israel.
He refereed at the 1964, 68, 72, 76 & 84 Olympics. (Except for the Moscow boycott, that's 9 in a row as a fencer or ref.)Member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; Netanya, Israel Member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; Commack, NYAnd, while Axelrod is a deserving #1, Dr. Bukantz was inducted into the CCNY Alumni Varsity Sports Hall of Fame in its inaugural year 1967.
  • Abram Cohen - Abe Cohen competed in the Melbourne Olympics of 1956, the World Championships of 1968 and 1961, and the Pan American Games of 1955. He was US National Men’s Epee champion in two consecutive years: 1955 (the last year of the three-touch epee championship) and 1956. He was the AFLA President’s 3-Weapon Champion in 1955 and ’56. In 1957 & 1958, he was the winner of the Giorgio Santelli Masters’ Sabre. As a collegiate fencer, he was a member of the NCAA Champion CCNY team in 1948.
  • Hal Goldsmith - member of the 1952, 1956, 1960 US Olympic team. He was a member of three Olympic fencing teams, earned the gold medal in foil in the 1955 and 1959 Pan American Games, and was the 1952 NCAA champion. He served as an officer in the United States Army His obituary.
  • Neil Lazar - His obituary at Legacy. Neil was inducted into the National Fencing Hall of Fame in 2001. Up until about two years ago, he was still giving fencing lessons from a wheelchair, as well as giving impromptu lessons at Binghamton University tournaments.
  • Nathaniel Lubell - Nate Lubell attended City College of New York (CCNY), graduating in 1936. He later became an artist and designed over 15 US postage stamps. During the Nuremburg Trials after World War II, Lubell was one of the courtroom artists. Lubell was US foil champion in 1948, while fencing for the Fencers Club of New York. He also helped his club win the team foil in 1949-51, 1953, and 1955-56 at the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) Championships. In addition to his three Olympic appearances, Lubell competed at the 1951 Pan American Games, winning gold medal in team foil and team sabre, a silver medal in team epee, and a bronze in individual foil. He was a lifelong member of The New York Fencers' Club, serving as its President during the 1970s, and also coached fencing at West Point from 1962-66. Lubell was inducted into the CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
  • Edward Lucia - US Coach 1958 World Championships
    Alternate US Olympic Coach for Melbourne 1956 and Tokyo 1964
    US Pan American Games squad coach 1959 and 1963
    At C.C.N.Y. he produced 4 Intercollegiate champions and 3 champion saber teams.
    Coached the Salle Lucia women’s foil team to 2 US National championships and 3 US Individual titles.
    Produced international champions in both men’s and women’s fencing
    1963 he was nominated Director, US Olympic training camp
    1964 he was named “Collegiate Fencing Coach of the Year.”
    He was a member of the Board of Directors of the AFLA
    Vice President of the National Fencing Coaches Association of America
  • Arnold Messing - World Champion in Vet. 70 epee div. 2016. Volunteer assistant coach at CCNY.
  • James Montague - coach of CCNY Varsity Fencing. Born in England. Coach of CCNY (1938-1953). The first coach to win the IFA and NCAA team championships in the same year. Coach of Daniel Bukantz, Harold Goldsmith, James Strauch, and Albert Axelrod.
  • Herbert Spector PhD - Passed away Nov. 2017 at age 98. And member of Hall of Fame USA Fencing.
  • Wang Yung’s home page. - sabre coach and champion Vet. 60 div. of Infinity Fencing Alliance.

Two Side by Side at The Fencers Club - NYC

Dan Bukantz Epee Bout

A Bit of History...

The above photo is an epee match at the Fencers Club in 1962 with Daniel Bukantz.

Here is link to the archive with an audio clip...

There is a special bond between fencers of CCNY and the Fencers Club in NYC. A long standing tradition that continues today. There are numerous members that are also alumni of CCNY and growing...

Coach Professor Edward Lucia

Coach James Montague


The sport of fencing is a unique experience. It is also one of the sports that does not have a great audience or participation. In fact, it is estimated that there are only 26,000 active fencers in the USA in 2017. Yet, it is one of the modern Olympic sports since its inception in 1896.

The sport of fencing is passed on from coaches to students. We are fortunate to have some great coaches and the tradition hopefully will continue.

It is my pleasure to introduce some famous CCNY fencers and coaches over the years. They have made us proud.

© 2017 Jack Lee


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