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Team USA Wins Medal Count

04/13/2014, 6:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Team USA on the junior men's foil podium. Photo credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE / FencingPhotos.com


The U.S. Women's Saber Team members Francesca Russo, Sage Palmedo, Gracie Stone and Adrienne Jarocki with Captain Wes Glon and Coach Ed Korfanty. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE / FencingPhotos.com

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA concluded the Junior World Championships with a total of 10 medals to win the medal count, placing the Americans ahead of Russia with seven and doubling the totals of Italy and Hungary who earned five each.

Team USA’s total of 15 medals between the Junior and Cadet Worlds also marks the most medals won by a U.S. team in the history of the event.

On Saturday, the U.S. Men’s Foil Team won silver and the women’s saber team took bronze to win Team USA’s fourteenth and fifteenth medals of the Championships.

After a near shutout over Malaysia in which the U.S. Men’s Foil Team won the table of 32, 45-5, on Friday, Team USA advanced to the table of 16 against Canada.

Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) anchored teammates Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.), Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.) and Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) to a 45-15 win against Canada.

In the quarter-finals, Team USA took on Russia in a rematch of their 2012 Junior World final.

Down by a touch at 40-39 going into the final bout, Massialas shut out Ilya Degtyarev (RUS), 5-0, for a 45-40 win.

In the semifinals, Team USA was tied with Japan at 27, but Bravo outscored Riki Oishi, 8-3, to give Team USA a 35-30 lead.

Woo stayed ahead of Takahiro Shikine to set the score at 40-37 going into the final bout where Massialas outscored Kyosuke Matsuyama, 5-2, in the final bout for a 45-39 victory for Team USA.

While Team USA was fencing in the Junior World finals for the seventh straight year, their Chinese opponents were fencing for a chance at their first podium finish at this event since 2007.

The Chinese took the lead from the start and were up, 25-20, against the Americans after the first four bouts.

In the fifth bout, Massialas outscored Mengkai Huang, 7-4, to cut China’s lead to 24-22.

Woo split the sixth bout with Haiwei Chen, the individual Junior World Champion. With six touches scored by each fencer, China retained a two-touch lead.

Bravo lost the next bout against Huang, by a touch on a red card for covering as Team USA trailed China, 35-32.

Woo gave up another point during the eighth to Yu Chen which put China into a 40-36 lead.

In a rematch of their semifinal bout, Massialas faced Haiwei Chen in the anchor bout. Chen took the win, however, by a 5-2 score and China won the gold medal with a 45-38 victory.  

For Team USA, the silver was the seventh straight podium finish at the Junior Worlds for the U.S. Men’s Foil Team – a record for any American squad.

Seeded first in the team competition, the U.S. Women’s Saber Team earned a bye into the table of 16 where Gracie Stone (Chicago, Ill.), a bronze medalist in the individual event, anchored the Americans to a 45-37 victory over Belarus.

In the quarter-finals, two-time Junior World medalist Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) stepped in as anchor and led Team USA to a 45-28 victory over China.

After taking a silver medal in the individual competition, Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.) anchored the Americans in the semifinal match against France. Although she was down, 40-37, at the start of her final bout, Palmedo outscored 2013 Junior World team silver medalist Manon Brunet, 6-5. The Americans fell short of the match win, however, and France advanced to the gold medal final with a 45-43 victory.

In the bronze medal final, 2013 Junior World Team Champion Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.) outscored her opponents, 16-7, to give Team USA a 40-23 lead going into the final bout between Palmedo and Martina Criscio. Palmedo outscored the Italian, 5-3, and Team USA won the bout, 45-26.

The win is the second straight podium finish for the U.S. Women’s Saber Team which won gold in 2013 with Palmedo, Russo and Jarocki in action.

The junior women’s saber squad also leaves Plovdiv with more medals (three) in the individual and team events than any other nation, besting Hungary’s two individual results.

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

Junior Men’s Team Foil World Championships
1. China
2. USA
3. Italy
4. Japan
5. Korea
6. Hong Kong
7. Russia
8. Germany

Junior Women’s Team Saber World Championships
1. Russia
2. France
3. USA
4. Italy
5. Hungary
6. Mexico
7. Korea
8. China

 

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