skip navigation

U.S. Men’s Epee Team Wins Silver at Legnano World Cup

01/30/2012, 4:53am CST
By No Author

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Men’s Epee Team opened the World Cup season with a silver medal finish in Legnano, Italy on Sunday.

The third silver medal for the team during the past year, the win moves Team USA into a #4 world ranking.

The team of Soren Thompson (New York City, N.Y.), Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Cody Mattern (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jimmy Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a bye in the table of 32 and made up a nine-touch deficit against Poland to win the table of 16 in sudden death, 43-42.

In the quarter-finals, Kelsey, a two-time Olympian, entered the final bout against Italy down by three touches against Matthew Trager, but he tied the score at 34 and won the bout, 35-34 in sudden death.

“Seth did an awesome job as the team anchor today, especially against Poland where he came back from being down five and against Italy where we were down by three.” said U.S. Men’s Epee National Team Coach Sebastien Dos Santos (Portland, Ore.) “There’s always a lot of pressure when you’re the anchor, but Seth didn’t let it get to him, even when he was in sudden death in two straight matches.”

After two bouts that came down to the wire, Team USA held onto a lead against Germany to win the bout, 45-35, to advance to their fourth World Cup final of the year.

In the gold medal bout, Team USA lost to Korea, 31-24.

“This was a great way to start the season. The guys have all been training hard since the World Championships and we’re hoping to continue this success through the upcoming World Cups as well,” Dos Santos said.

The final day of individual competition was held on Saturday in which both Thompson and Kelsey were eliminated in the table of 64.

Thompson, who earned an exemption out of the preliminary rounds on Friday, lost his opening bout to Niklas Multerer (GER), 15-12, and finished 38th.

Seeded 52nd after the preliminary rounds, Kelsey lost in the table of 64 to Alfredo Rota (ITA), 15-12, and ended the day in 58th place.

The following are top eight and U.S. individual results, including results for athletes who competed on Friday:

Legnano Epee Individual World Cup
1. Dmitriy Karuchenko (UKR)
2. Urich Robeiri (FRA)
3. Yannick Borel (FRA)
3. Radoslaw Zawrotniak (POL)
5. Matteo Tagliariol (ITA)
6. Gabor Boczko (HUN)
7. Anton Avdeev (RUS)
8. Dmitriy Alexanin (KAZ)

38. Soren Thompson (New York City, N.Y.)
58. Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

65. Ben Bratton (New York City, N.Y.)
84. Rob Rhea (San Francisco, Calif.)
86. Cody Mattern (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
96. Dwight Smith (Elmont, N.Y.)
99. Jimmy Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
113. Kyle Wolfson (Beaverton, Ore.)
151. Alexander Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.)
177. Teddy Sherrill (New York City, N.Y.)
209. Gavin Medley (Santa Fe, N.M.)
230. Nicholas Vomero (Centerport, N.Y.)

Top eight results in the team competition are as follows:

Legnano Epee Team World Cup
1. Korea
2. USA
3. China
4. Germany
5. Ukraine
6. Kazakhstan
7. Italy
8. Russia

Tag(s): News