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U.S. Men’s Saber Team Finishes 10th at Padua Saber World Cup

02/21/2013, 12:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Fencing with several athletes who were competing for the first time in a Senior Team World Cup, the U.S. Men’s Saber Team placed 10th at the Padua Saber World Cup in Italy on Sunday.

Following an injury in the individual competition on Friday, 2012 Olympian Jeff Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.) withdrew from the team event and was replaced by Princeton junior Thomas Kolasa (Princeton, N.J.)

Team USA’s fencers included three-time Senior World Team member Ben Igoe (Staten Island, N.Y.), 2010 Junior World medalist Aleksander Ochocki (Linden, N.J.) and 2011 Junior World Team member Will Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.) , a sophomore at

After a bye in the table of 32, the eighth-seeded Americans lost their table of 16 matches to Hungary, 45-21.

Team USA came back to win its next two matches in the 9th – 16th place tables with a 45-35 victory over Japan and a 45-44 win against Belarus – the 2011 Senior World medalists.

The Americans fenced China for ninth place, but lost the match, 45-39, to finish 10th.

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

Padua Team Saber World Cup
1. Italy
2. Hungary
3. Korea
4. Germany
5. Russia
6. Ukraine
7. Romania
8. Poland

10. USA


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