Scott Bozek won a five-way fence-off to capture the epee competition yesterday, the final event in the two-day Cherry Blossom Open fencing tournament at George Mason University.
Paul Friedberg of Baltimore, a chemical engineering and management student at the University of Pennsylvania, won the saber event.
Bozek, 28, from Herndon, reached the fence-off when five of the six finalists tied with 3-2 records. He went unbeaten in four extra-round bouts, which are won by a duelist getting five touches first on his opponent in two minutes.
"I was very happy to have a fence-off," said Bozek, a silver medalist in the 1975 Pan American Games and national epee champion in 1973 and 1975. "I want to fence more to get more training before the (Pan Am) Games (in July). The Cubans are going to be hard to beat."
Friedberg, 19, won his round-robin final competition with a 5-0 record. He lost one of 20 five-minute bouts.
Friedberg took up fencing at the age of 14 becausse, "I was really curious about it, you know I saw all that swashbuckling on television and everything." He began fencing at a local community center in the Baltimore area under Richard Oles, the coach at Johns Hopkins University.
Since he started fencing saber six years ago. Friedberg has won the under-19 national championship in 1978 and the Eastern championships and finished third in the NCAA this year. He also advanced to the semifinals at the world championships in the under-20 division.
On his future plans in international competition Friedberg says "maybe I will make it to the Olympics next time. I plan to fence forever or until something stops me."
Dan Tishman, 22, of Westfield, N.J., placed second to Friedberg with a final score of 4-1.Ed Majtenyi, 24 of Ne York City was third and Steve Mormando, 20, a student at Rutgers University, placed fourth.