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Grant Williams of NYU Wins Title at North America Cup

Grant Williams of NYU Wins Title at North America Cup

From NYU Athletics

New York University fencer Grant Williams won the Division 1 Men's Sabre Championship at the North American Cup on Sunday, December 10, in Portland, OR.

Williams, who finished sixth at the NCAA National Championships in 2017 and earned All-America honors, went 6-0 in the first round on Sunday and was the #1 seed heading into the Round of 128.

Following a first-round bye, Williams won five consecutive bouts before facing Ziad Elsissy of Wayne State University in the final. In a classic match-up, Williams defeated the 2017 NCAA National Championship runner-up by a score of 15-14, clinching the match "on a beautiful attack," according to NYU Head Coach Steve Mormando.

"It was a back-and forth final. Just a sensational performance from our All-American," Mormando continued. "He faced top-level competition and never flinched. The sky is the limit for this young man." 

Williams also notched a victory again the two-time All-American Jonathan Fitzgerald of the University of Notre Dame in the semifinals.

"Winning this event is a very big deal," Mormando concluded.