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Knodt and Scruggs Win Bronze at Budapest Foil Cadet European Cup

10/08/2013, 7:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Team USA on the podium in Budapest. Photo Credit: Greg Massialas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Fifteen-year-old Julian Knodt (Palo Alto, Calif.) and 16-year-old Scruggs (Ozone N.Y.) each won bronze medals at the Budapest Foil Cadet European Cup on Saturday and led the U.S. squad to four top-eight finishes.

In a field of 204 competitors, Scruggs dominated his opponents in the pools to finish in a tie for fourth. Although Knodt lost just one pool bout, the size of the field meant he would enter the table of 256 with a bye and a 57th seed.

Knodt quickly beat his seed with opening wins over Daniel Kiss (GBR), 15-7, and Amedeo Contestabile (ITA), 13-12, to advance to the table of 32.

After a 15-0 shutout of Daniel Hergan (ROU) in the table of 128, Scruggs edged Pierre Antoine Materne (BEL), 15-14, in the table of 64.

In the next round, Knodt won his bout against Audric Heurtier (BEL), 15-10, and Scruggs defeated his American teammate Jordan Griffith (Naples, Fla.), 15-8.

Both Knodt and Scruggs won their table of 16 bouts as well with Knodt winning his next bout against Vitalijs Kuceba (LAT), 15-9, and Scruggs defeating Petar Files (CRO), 15-10.

With one more win needed by each fencer to advance to the quarter-finals, Knodt took out top seeded Renars Blumentals (LAT), 15-6. Scruggs, however, lost his bout to Tamas Meszaros (HUN), 15-5, and dropped into the repechage rounds.

On the other side of the table, 15-year-old Jarred Gou (Saratoga, Calif.) won five straight bouts to earn a second position for Team USA In the quarter-finals.

In the repechage, Scruggs pulled through with a 15-11 win over Ciaran Veitenheimer (GER) to advance to the quarters.

Although he lost to Scruggs in the table of 32, Griffith won three straight bouts against American opponents in the repechage and finished with a 15-11 win over Benjamin Bodo (ROU) to stay eligible for the medal rounds.

In the quarter-finals, Knodt defeated Griffith for a second time, 15-11, and Scruggs won his bout against Maciej Podralski (POL), 15-11.

Gou was lost his bout to Blumentals, 15-3, to finish in fifth place – one position ahead of Griffith.

In the semifinals, Scruggs lost to Blumentals, 15-9, and Knodt dropped his bout to Andrzej Rzadkowski (POL) by just two touches for a 15-13 score.

The bronze medals won by Knodt and Scruggs are the first Cadet European Cup podium finishes for each fencer and allowed Scruggs to move up to #7 in the Cadet European Rankings. Knodt is currently ranked 16th.

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

Budapest Men’s Foil Cadet European Cup
1. Andrzej Rzadkowski (POL)
2. Renars Blumentals (LAT)
3. Julian Knodt (Palo Alto, Calif.)
3. Nolen Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.)
5. Jarred Gou (Saratoga, Calif.)
6. Jordan Griffith (Naples, Fla.)

7. Tamas Meszaros (HUN)
8. Maciej Podralski (POL)

9. Umar Masood (Pittsford, N.Y.)
14. Sidarth Kumbla (San Jose, Calif.)
15. Brian Howard (Petaluma, Calif.)
17. Matthew Branman (Villanova, Pa.)
19. Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.)
20. Julian Fevry (St. Albans, N.Y.)
25. William Upbin (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
30. Samuel Moelis (Hewlett, N.Y.)
32. Albert Zhang (Annandale, N.J.)
33. George Haglund (Califon, N.J.)
54. Samuel Barmann (Barrington, R.I.)
56. Andrey Ostatnigrosh (Fresno, Calif.)
65. Owen Sconzo (Merrick, N.Y.)
71. Justin Kang (Fullerton, Calif.)
78. Thomas Huang (San Jose, Calif.)
84. Shuya Ishizuka (New York City, N.Y.)

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