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Daryl Homer Places 14th at Plovdiv Saber Grand Prix

02/05/2012, 11:45am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Three-time Senior World Team member Daryl Homer (New York City, N.Y.) opened the international season with a 14th place finish at the Plovdiv Saber Grand Prix on Sunday in Bulgaria.

After a difficult day in the pools on Saturday, Homer was seeded 64th in the direct elimination tables.

Homer defeated Max Hartung (GER), 15-13, in the table of 64 on Sunday and won his bout in the table of 32 against Vincent Anstett (FRA), 15-14.

In the table of 16, two-time Olympian Renzo Agresta (BRA) defeated Homer, 15-14.

Four of Homer’s U.S. teammates advanced to the table of 64, but each lost his opening bout.

Jeff Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.) finished 40th after a 15-13 loss to Ke Lu Jiang (CHN).

Beijing Olympic silver medalist James Williams (New York City, N.Y.) lost to 2007 World medalist Eun Seok Oh (KOR), 15-8, and placed in a tie for 51st with Luther Clement (New York City, N.Y.)

Clement advanced to his first table of 64 bout at a Grand Prix since 2006, but lost to Anstett, 15-6, in his first bout.

Avery Zuck (Portland, Ore.), a 2009 Junior World Team member, followed his silver medal win at the January North American Cup with his first top-64 Grand Prix finish since 2008. Zuck nearly upset 10th seed Nikolay Kovalev (RUS), but he finished in 58th place after he lost his bout with the Russian, 15-13.

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

Plovdiv Saber Grand Prix
1. Nicolas Limbach (GER)
2. Bon Gil Gu (KOR)
3. Alexey Yakimenko (RUS)
3. Xiao Liu (CHN)
5. Aron Szilagyi (HUN)
6. Nikolay Kovalev (RUS)
7. Venjamin Reshetnikov (RUS)
8. Renzo Agresta (BRA)

14. Daryl Homer (New York City, N.Y.)
40. Jeff Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.)
51. James Williams (New York City, N.Y.)
51. Luther Clement (New York City, N.Y.)
58. Avery Zuck (Portland, Ore.)

67. Tim Morehouse (New York City, N.Y.)
79. Ben Igoe (Staten Island, N.Y.)
119. Mihail Etropolski (Floral Park, N.Y.)

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