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U.S. Olympian Gerek Meinhardt Claims Silver and David Willette Captures Bronze at 2010 Junior World Championships

04/09/2010, 11:50am CDT
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The U.S. junior men’s foil fencing team, all from California, claimed a pair of medals and a fifth-place finish to conclude the individual portion of the 2010 Cadet and Junior World Championships at the Haydar Aliyev Sport and Concert Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Leading the charge was 2008 U.S. Olympian Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco) and David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.) with silver and bronze medal performances, respectively, while 2010 Cadet World champion Alexander Massialas (San Francisco) finished fifth.

 

Meinhardt, who is also the 2009 Junior World bronze medalist, started the tournament strong with a commanding victory over Poland’s Maciej Wlosek, 15-3. He was then challenged in his next two bouts and moved into the quarterfinals by defeating Germany’s Moritz Kroplin, 15-9, and Roman Kuts of Russia, 15-13. Meinhardt’s defeated his next opponent  Edoardo Luperi, Italy 15-12.

Meinhardt claimed the silver medal after the Italian, Lari,  was defeated in the final and eventually black carded for unsportsmanlike conduct .

 

Competing in his first Junior World Championships, Willette displayed true skill and craft. En route to the bronze, Willette dominated the field out touching his first four opponents 60-29. He started the tournament with an opening round decision over James Davis of Great Britain, 15-9, then handed Belarus’ Serguei Byk a 15-8 loss. Willette was strong in the third round with a 15-5 decision over Jakub Joniak of Slovakia. In the quarterfinals, Willette continued his domination with a 15-7 victory over France’s Enzo Lefort. The semifinal contest was a heartbreaking close decision that went to Egypt’s Alaa El Din El Sayed, 15-14, who went onto to win the World title.

 

Massialas, who won the Cadet World Championships three days earlier, opened the Junior men’s foil event with a 15-4 decision over Spain’s Orlando Salazar. Massialas was challenged in the next two rounds. Vincent Simon of France pushed Massialas the entire match, and Massialas advanced with a 15-12 score. The third round was a battle between North American countries as Massialas escaped with a 15-14 win over Canada’s Anthony Prymack.



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