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Team USA Sweeps Men’s and Women’s Cadet Saber Golds in Moedling

01/16/2018, 8:30pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

Men's medalists (L-R): Donghwan Park (silver), Christopher Walker (gold) and Robert Vidovszky (bronze) with coaches David Douville and Kristiyan Hristov.


Sky Miller (second from left) won the women's title at her second international event.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA claimed four medals at the final Cadet European Cup on this season’s schedule for U.S. men’s and women’s saber fencers, sweeping both the golds and going 1-2-3 in the men’s event.

Career-best results on the circuit for all four fencers, Sky Miller (Durham, N.C.) brought home the gold from Moedling, Austria in the women’s competition on Sunday while Christopher Walker (Atlanta, Ga.), Donghwan Park (Sacramento, Calif.) and Robert Vidovszky (Folsom, Calif.) won gold, silver and bronze on Saturday.

Walker, who won silver at last year’s Cadet World Championships, went 10-2 in pools before dominating his first two direct elimination opponents, Sebastian Glanc (POL) and Zoltan Szanto (HUN), by 15-3 scores.

To reach the quarter-finals, Walker overcame two teammates, besting Trenton Schmitt (Granite Bay, Calif.) in the table of 32, 15-5, and outtouching William Julien (Parkland, Fla.), 15-14, in his closest bout of the day.

Securing a medal with a 15-13 victory over Krisztian Rabb (HUN), who currently ranks No. 1 in the Cadet European Fencing standings, Walker would face Vidovszky in the semifinals.

Walker edged out his teammate, 15-11, and went on to take the gold with a 15-8 victory over Park for his second career medal on the circuit.

With one month before the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships where the three members of the Cadet World Team will be announced, Walker ranks second in the USA Fencing Cadet Men’s Saber Team Point Standings. He leads fourth-place George Bivins III (Montclair, N.J.) by over 1,300 points.

Earning his second consecutive top-eight finish at a Cadet European Cup, Park started his day 8-3 in pools to move directly into the 128. He easily topped his first four opponents, holding all to seven points or less.

After cruising to a 15-5 win over Adrian Holzenbein (GER) in the 128, Park posted a 15-7 victory over teammate James Linder (Chandler, Ariz.) and a 15-6 win over Elton Dinca (ROU), 15-6.

Park advanced to the quarters with a 15-5 effort against fellow American Nathaniel Landau (Chevy Chase, Md.) There, he held off Gergo Horvath (HUN), 15-12, before defeating Rares Ailinca (ROU), 15-11, in the semis.

Finishing on the podium, the bronze marked the first Cadet European Cup medal of Vidovszky’s career.

The 2016 Cadet Pan American Championships bronze medalist was a perfect 12-0 in pools to take the No. 3 seed and continued his dominance in the table of 128, overpowering Roland Ferenc Papai (HUN), 15-2.

In the following two rounds, Vidovszky defeated teammates Stephen Kim (New York, N.Y.) and Nickoloz Lortkipanidze (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) by scores of 15-8 and 15-6, respectively.

 

Vidovszky controlled his table of 16 and quarter-final bouts, 15-4, handing losses to Ian Ren (GBR) and Szymon Hryciuk (POL).

With podium finishes, Vidovszky and Park improved to fifth and sixth in the Team Point Standings. Raymond Zhou (Johns Creek, Ga.) is currently in third with Vidovszky trailing by 796 points and Park sitting 905.27 points back.

In the women’s competition on Sunday, Miller won gold for her first international medal at just her second tournament abroad.

An 11-1 record in pools gave Miller the No. 6 seed in the direct elimination table and a bye into the 64, where she became one of 15 Americans to make the table of 32 with a 15-7 victory over Tania Lutea (ROU).

After besting teammate Stella Berman (New York, N.Y.), Miller guaranteed herself a medal with 15-11 wins over Lorina Essomba Mbega (FRA) and Luca Szucs (HUN).

In the semifinals, Miller controlled her bout against Faustine Clapier (FRA), 15-7, setting up a gold medal bout against Jolien Corteyn (BEL), a two-time medalist on the circuit who ranked No. 2 in the Cadet European Fencing rankings entering the event.

Miller took the bout, 15-7, to move up six spots in the USA Fencing Women’s Saber Team Point Standings. She now ranks sixth with less than 400 points separating positions three through six.

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Moedling Men’s Individual Saber Cadet European Cup
1. Christopher Walker (Atlanta, Ga.)
2. Donghwan Park (Sacramento, Calif.)
3. Robert Vidovszky (Folsom, Calif.)

3. Rares Ailinca (ROU)
5. Gergo Horvath (HUN)
6. Krisztian Rabb (HUN)
7. Szymon Hryciuk (POL)
8. Tamas Urban (HUN)

9. William Julien (Parkland, Fla.)
10. Nathaniel Landau (Chevy Chase, Md.)
16. George Bivins III (Montclair, N.J.)
18. Raymond Zhao (Johns Creek, Ga.)
19. Aksel Fernandes (Atlanta, Ga.)
20. Benjamin Levitt (Livingston, N.J.)
23. Nickoloz Lortkipanidze (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.)
24. Stephen Kim (New York, N.Y.)
29. Trenton Schmitt (Granite Bay, Calif.)
37. James Linder (Chandler, Ariz.)
40. Sean Moon (Needham, Mass.)
55. Mark Leung (Alpharetta, Ga.)
57. Andrew Johnson (Chandler, Ariz.)
67. Jackson McBride (Gilbert, Ariz.)
71. Will Attig (Portland, Ore.)
76. Marcel Merchant (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
86. Zachary Chan (Closter, N.J.)

Moedling Women’s Individual Saber Cadet European Cup
1. Sky Miller (Durham, N.C.)

2. Jolien Corteyn (BEL)
3. Teodora Vutova (BUL)
3. Faustine Clapier (FRA)
5. Mikaela Avakian (Arcadia, Calif.)
6. Luca Szucs (HUN)
7. Annah Couderc (FRA)
8. Nisanur Erbil (TUR)

9. Imogen Harrison (Portland, Ore.)
11. Aleksandra Strzalkowski (Littleton, Colo.)
12. Morgan Jenkins (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
15. Sydney Hirsch (Woodbridge, Conn.)
17. Ryan Jenkins (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
19. Chloe Gouhin (Blacklick, Ohio)
20. Keona Moya (El Dorado Hills, Calif.)
21. Alexis Anglade (Alpharetta, Ga.)
23. Rebecca Whang (Westfield, N.J.)
25. Thea Nguyen (Irvine, Calif.)
26. Atara Greenbaum (Boca Raton, Fla.)
28. Stella Berman (New York, N.Y.)
31. Vivian Lu (Foster City, Calif.)
37. Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
40. Anna Li (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
48. Kaitlyn Becker (Gilbert, Ariz.)
86. Caroline Wang (Cupertino, Calif.)

 

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