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Sam Freiman Places Seventh at Turku Epee Satellite Tournament

10/16/2013, 1:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Sam Freiman (far right) on the podium to receive his seventh-place award. Photo Credit: Sam Freiman

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Eighteen-year-old Sam Freiman (Woodlands, Texas) earned his first top-eight finish at an international tournament this weekend when he placed seventh at the Turku Epee Satellite Tournament in Finland.

In a unique double-pool preliminary format, Freiman went 3-3 in his first pool and 4-2 in the second to take the 23rd seed in the direct elimination rounds and a bye into the table of 64.

Freiman opened with a pair of 15-10 victories over two Swedes: Karl Harmenberg and two-time Senior World Team member Tor Forsse.

In the table of 16, Freiman defeated Dennis Bade (FIN), a top-16 finisher at the 2007 Senior Worlds, by a score of 15-9.

Freiman fell one bout short of winning a medal when he lost to four-time Senior World Team member Sten Priinits (EST) who went on to win silver behind 2010 Senior World Champion Nikolai Novosjolov (EST).

Thirty-six-year-old Herman Bonner, a Wichita, Kans. native who is currently living in Helsinki, advanced to the top 16 at his first international competition.

After 4-2 and 3-2 results in the pools, Bonner earned a bye into the table of 64 as the 36th seed.

Bonner defeated Kimmo Kaakinen (FIN), 15-13, in the table of 64 and won his next bout over Eduard Sergun (FIN), 15-14.

In the table of 16, however, Bonner was eliminated by Novosjolov, 15-6, and placed 14th overall.

Twenty-one-year-old Peregrine Badger (Providence, R.I.) followed a 4-2 result in the first round of pools with an undefeated, 6-0, run in the second to take the fourth seed in the direct elimination tables.

Badger drew a bye into the table of 64, but lost his bout to Sergun, 15-14, and finished in 34th place.

Click here to view complete results.

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

Turku Epee Satellite Tournament
1. Nikolai Novosjolov (EST)
2. Sten Priinits (EST)
3. Kasper Roslander (FIN)
3. Teemu Seeve (FIN)
5. Carl-Henrik Wendt (SWE)
6. Andras Koroknay-Pal (FIN)
7. Samuel Freiman (Woodlands, Texas)
8. Joar Sundman (SWE)

14. Herman Bonner (Wichita, Kans.)
34. Peregrine Badger (Providence, R.I.)

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