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Seth Kelsey Places 12th at Berne Epee Grand Prix

06/05/2011, 12:00pm CDT
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Two-time Olympian Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned the top finish for Team USA at the Berne Epee Grand Prix in Switzerland on Sunday where he finished 12th at the third tournament of the Olympic qualifying season.

In the table of 64, Kelsey’s opening match was against Peter Szenyi, the Hungarian who ousted Kelsey’s U.S. teammates Soren Thompson (New York City, N.Y.) and Alex Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.) in the preliminary tables on Saturday.

Kelsey’s bout against Szenyi was close as well, but the seven-time World Team member came out ahead as he outscored Szenyi, 7-6.

In the table of 32, Kelsey won another close bout over Tigran Bajgoric (CAN), 7-6.

After advancing to the table of 16 for the first time since the Olympic qualification season began in April, Kelsey lost his bout against 2010 World silver medalist Gauthier Grumier (FRA), 15-10.

While Kelsey qualified directly to the table of 64 as the #15-ranked epee fencer in the world, his 2004 Olympic Teammate Cody Mattern (Colorado Springs, Colo.) advanced to the table of 64 after winning five of his six pool bouts on Saturday.

In the table of 64, Mattern defeated Benjamin Steffen (SUI), 15-9, but lost his next bout to Grumier, 15-7 and finished 25th.

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

Berne Epee Grand Prix
1. Max Heinzer (SUI)
2. Geza Imre (HUN)
3. Gauthier Grumier (FRA)
3. Alfredo Rota (ITA)
5. Paolo Pizzo (ITA)
6. Yannick Borel (FRA)
7. Dmitriy Karuchenko (UKR)
8. Seung-Hwa Jung (KOR)

12. Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
25. Cody Mattern (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
68. Soren Thompson (New York City, N.Y.)
117. Jimmy Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
128. Alex Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.)
169. Teddy Sherrill (New York City, N.Y.)
172. Benjamin Bratton (New York City, N.Y.)
195. Nicholas Vomero (Centerport, N.Y.)

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