Local academy fencer wins national title
June 24, 2014
An athlete from Issaquah’s Washington Fencing Academy is now a national champion, after a dominant performance at the 10-day USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Matthew Comes, a 15-year-old sophomore from Bothell High School, earned the gold medal in the Men’s Division III Epee competition. He was the last one standing in a field of 125 of the country’s best fencers.
Comes started fencing after attending a Washington Fencing Academy camp at the Northshore YMCA. He now trains at the Issaquah facility with coaches Kevin Mar and Newell Rice.
The USA Fencing National Championships is the largest fencing tournament in the world, with nearly 90 events and 8,000 fencers taking place over two weeks of competition.
Comes, the son of John and Susan Comes, of Bothell, also maintains a 4.0 grade point average, plays the trumpet and strives to one day represent the USA in the Olympics.