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U.S. Athletes Earn Three Medals at Budapest Foil European Cadet Cup

10/06/2011, 12:17pm CDT
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The international season for foil fencers ages 17 and younger began with three medal wins for Team USA over the weekend at the Budapest Foil European Cup in Hungary.

Competition was held in the men’s events on Saturday where Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas) and Drew Johnston (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) advanced to the gold medal bout for an All-American final.

The bout would be the second of the day for the two teammates who also met in the table of 32 where Chen won their bout, 15-7.

After his loss, Johnston fenced his way through the repechage where he defeated John Avendando (Colts Neck, N.J.), 15-14; Thorlek Grum-Schwensen (DEN), 15-8; Tamas Liszkai (HUN), 15-8; and David Vegh (SVK), 15-12, to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Chen advanced to the table of 16, but lost his bout to Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.), 15-12, and also had to fence in the repechage where he defeated Ludwig De Bazelaire (POL), 15-12; 2011 Cadet National Champion Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), 15-12; and Alex Garbat (POL), 15-8.

Chen and Johnston’s U.S. teammates Mageras and Emge Spicer (Los Angeles, Calif.) also qualified for the quarters by going undefeated in the direct elimination tables with five wins each.

 Although Chen lost his bout in the DE tables to Mageras, he won the quarter-final bout, 15-7, and advanced to the gold medal bout after a 15-12 win over Barto Cegielski (POL).

Johnston won his bout in the quarter-finals against Emge and then handed Andras Nemeth his second loss to an American of the day when he won the bout, 15-14.

In the gold medal final, Chen earned the win over Johnston, 15-12.

At just 14-year-old, Chen’s victory came during his first Cadet European Cup appearance.  The podium finish also was a first-time win for 16-year-old Johnston.

On Sunday, Team USA won its second medal of the tournament when 14-year-old Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) won bronze in the women’s event.

Massialas won her first four bouts in the direct elimination bout, but lost in the table of eight to Erica Cipressa (ITA), 15-14.

After a 13-7 win over Greta Behr (GER) in the repechage and found herself facing Cipressa again during their quarter-final bout with Massialas winning the bout, 15-11.

In the semifinals, Massialas was outscored by a single touch when Malina Calugareanu (ROU) won the bout, 14-13. Massialas won the bronze medal and Calugareanu went on to take the gold.

Bryce Koester (Colleyville, Texas) also placed in the top eight with a sixth place finish. Koestner lost her bout in the 32, but won four bouts in the repechage to stay eligible for a medal finish.

Koester finished sixth after a 15-11 loss in the quarter-finals to Matilde Biagiotti (ITA).

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

Budapest Men’s Foil European Cadet Cup
1. Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas)
2. Drew Johnston
(Whitehouse Station, N.J.)
3. Bartosz Cegielski (POL)
3. Andras Nemeth (HUN)
5. Alexander Szilagyi (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.)
6. Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.)

7. Daniel Dosa (HUN)
8. Alberto Deon (ITA)

12. Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
25. John Avendando (Colts Neck, N.J.)
36. Thomas Dudey (Bellaire, Texas)
39. Joseph Lam (San Francisco, Calif.)
45. James Sands (New York City, N.Y.)
51. Darren Mei (Foster City, Calif.)
52. Jeffrey Chen (Cupertino, Calif.)
56. Marc Berghouse (Redwood City, Calif.)
93. Garred Gou (Saratoga, Calif.)
102. George Haglund (Califon, N.J.)

Budapest Women’s Foil European Cup
1. Malina Calugareanu (ROU)
2. Elisabetta Bianchin (ITA)
3. Matilde Biagiotti (ITA)
3. Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
5. Erica Cipressa (ITA)
6. Bryce Koester (Colleyville, Texas)
7. Svenja Jahn (NED)
8. Eleanor Harvey (CAN)

12. Quinn Crum (Providence, R.I.)
13. Miranda Litzinger (Los Gatos, Calif.)
14. Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.)
19. Ashley Tsue (Overland Park, Kans.)
24. Julia Lee (Montville, N.J.)
28. Amanda Lalezarian (Sysosett, N.Y.)
35. Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y.)
47. Taylor Chin (Cupertino, Calif.)
62. Kaila Budofsky (New York City, N.Y.)
63. Kate Northrop (Northrop, N.J.)
75. Hali Nelson (Brookline, Mass.)
78. Jessie Laffey (Glen Ridge, N.J.)
86. Mackenzie Lawrence (Leawood, Kans.)

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