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U.S. Men Win Team Gold, Regina O’Brien Places Eighth in Goppingen

12/08/2013, 8:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

The U.S. Men's Saber Team receives gold medals and awards in Goppingen. Photo Credit: Zoran Tulum

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Men’s Saber Team won its second title of the season on Saturday with a gold medal win at the Goppingen Cadet European Cup in Germany.

Two members of the team that won gold in Godollo in October – Connor Ritchey (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) and Gavin Turner (Rehoboth, Mass.) – joined with teammates Matthew Chen (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) and David Timofeyev (Antelope, Calif.) to defeat Japan, 45-37, in the table of 32 and FC TBB, 45-31, in the 16.

After a decisive, 45-32, victory over Poland in the quarters, Team USA defeated St. Petersburg, 45-38, in the semis.

The Americans won their final match, 45-36, over Russia II to secure the gold.

In the women’s individual event, 16-year-old Regina O’Brien (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) earned her first international top-eight finish.

Now ranked sixth in the U.S. cadet women’s saber team standings, O’Brien earned a bye into the table of 128 where she defeated Jumi Wakita (JPN), 15-9.

O’Brien went on to fence four straight Russian opponents. After defeating Mariya Mekina, 15-6, in the table of 64, O’Brien upset Svetlana Sheveleva, the No. 3 fencer in the Cadet European Rankings, by a score of 15-14.

O’Brien defeated Maria Trofimova, 15-11, to advance to the quarters where she lost to Anastasia Kochetova (RUS), 15-9, and finished eighth overall.

Click here to view complete men’s team results.

Click here to view complete women’s individual results.

Goppingen Women’s Individual Saber Cadet European Cup
1. Caroline Queroli (FRA)
2. Alina Moseyko (RUS)
3. Anastasia Kochetova (RUS)
3. Petra Zahonyi (HUN)
5. Sofia Pozdniakova (RUS)
6. Mirabella Kelecsenyi (HUN)
7. Sylwia Matuszak (POL)
8. Regina O’Brien (Wellesley Hills, Mass.)

9. Mary Barnett (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
17. Violet Michel (Cambridge, Mass.)
18. Gabrielle Tartakovsky (Livingston, N.J.)
24. Marta Lasota (Silver Spring, Md.)
37. Tara Hassett (Beaverton, Ore.)
46. Galen Cadley (New York City, N.Y.)
49. Riya Dave (Ardsley, N.Y.)
52. Edith Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.)
59. Jessica Whang (Westfield, N.Y.)
89. Sara Cunningham (Decatur, Ga.)
106. Monir Fahri (South San Francisco, Calif.)
109. Morgan Jenkins (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
130. Ryan Jenkins (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

Goppingen Men’s Team Saber Cadet European Cup
1. USA

2. Russia II
3. St. Petersburg
4. Poland II
5. Poland
6. Great Britain
7. Russia
8. Great Britain II

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