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Michael Woo Wins Bronze at Udine Junior Foil World Cup

01/06/2013, 8:45pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Michael Woo (far right) receives his bronze medal in Udine. Photo Credit: Augusto Bizzi.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Eighteen-year-old Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.) battled through a field of Italians in their home nation as he won his first ever Junior World Cup medal in a field of 90 athletes at the Udine Junior Foil World Cup on Saturday.

Seeded seventh out of the pools, Woo drew his U.S. teammate, Spicer Emge (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the table of 64 and won the bout, 15-10.

In the table of 32, Woo defeated Damiano Rosatelli (ITA), 15-13.

Although Woo was one of three U.S. team members to compete in the table of 16, his 15-13 win over Tommaso Ciuti (ITA) made him the only American to advance to the quarter-finals after 2011 Cadet  World Team member Nobuso Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) and 2012 Junior World Team Champion Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.) ended the day in ninth and 12th place, respectively.

Fencing his third Italian of the day, Woo defeated Piero Franco, 15-11, in the quarter-finals.

Woo finished with a bronze medal after he lost his semifinal bout against Francesco Ingargiola (ITA), 15-10.

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

Udine Junior Foil World Cup
1. Francesco Ingargiola (ITA)
2. Andras Nemeth (HUN)
3. Filippo Guerra (ITA)
3. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
5. Piero Franco (ITA)
6. Alexander Pivovarov (RUS)
7. Maxime Pauty (FRA)
8. Lorenzo Nista (ITA)

9. Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
12. Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.)
18. Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)
33. Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.)
38. Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas)
42. John Vaiani (Belmar, N.J.)
57. Spicer Emge (Los Angeles, Calif.)
72. Adam Mathieu (Union City, N.J.)
80. John Philippe Avendano (Colts Neck, N.J.)

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