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Team USA Defeats Italy, Wins Bronze at Havana Foil World Cup

05/27/2014, 8:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Team USA (L-R): Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden, Coach Greg Massialas, Alex Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt. Photo Credit: Miles Chamley-Watson.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Men’s Foil Team upset top-ranked Italy for the second time this season on Sunday when the Americans won bronze at the Havana Foil World Cup in Cuba.

The win is the third podium of the season for the squad of Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.), Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.) and Alex Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)

The second-seeded U.S. squad dominated Guatemala for a 45-15 victory in the table of 16 and took a 45-32 win over Great Britain in the quarter-finals.

Team USA rebounded from a 45-42 semifinal loss to Russia in the semifinals to take the bronze medal from Italy with a 45-42 win.  

This marks the second win this season for the U.S. Men’s Foil Team over the reigning Senior World and Olympic Champions.

Team USA and Italy faced off in the finals of the 2013 Senior World Championship finals and are expected to return to opposite sides of the tables at this year’s Senior Worlds in July.

In the individual competition, Meinhardt fell short of the medal rounds on Saturday, but his ninth-place result was enough for the two-time Olympian and Notre Dame grad student to regain his No. 2 world ranking.

Seeded second in the tournament, Meinhardt defeated Marius Braun (GER), 15-9, in the table of 64 and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY), 15-13, in the table of 32.

In the table of 16, Meinhardt lost to Ryo Miyake (JPN), 15-11.

All three of Meinhardt’s London Olympic teammates advanced to the table of 32.

Imboden came into the event as the top seed and opened with a 15-14 win over Alessandro Paroli (ITA). In the table of 32, Imboden lost to 2012 Olympic team bronze medalist Sebastian Bachmann (GER), 15-9.

Chamley-Watson, the reigning Senior World Champion, defeated Victor Leon (VEN), 15-6, as the event’s fourth seed, but lost to 2012 Junior World team silver medalist Daniele Garozzo (ITA), 15-8.

Massialas, a Stanford sophomore and 2013 Junior World Champion, won his opening bout, 15-12, against Hirokazu Sakano (JPN) in the table of 64, but lost to eventual gold medalist Dmitry Rigin (RUS), 15-10, in the 32.

Four members of Team USA advanced to the table of 64.

St. John’s senior Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y.) advanced to the table of 64 for the first time this season, but lost to Garozzo, 15-7.

Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.), a 2011 Junior World Team Champion and Harvard junior, just missed advancing to the table of 32 after a 15-13 loss to Richard Kruse (GBR).

After qualifying for the table of 64 for the second time this season, two-time Junior World medalist Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) lost to 2013 Senior World medalist Valerio Aspromonte (ITA), 15-11.

Although he was competing in just his second Senior World Cup event, junior fencer Matthew Branman (Villanova, Pa.) advanced to the table of 64 where he nearly upset two-time Olympic Team Champion Andrea Cassara (ITA) before dropping the bout, 15-11.

Click here to view complete team results.

Click here to view complete individual results.

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

Havana Individual Foil World Cup
1. Dmitry Rigin (RUS)
2. Yuki Ota (JPN)
3. Alexey Cheremisinov (RUS)
3. Enzo Lefort (FRA)
5. Andrea Cassara (ITA)
6. Ryo Miyake (JPN)
7. Richard Kruse (GBR)
8. Vincent Simon (FRA)

9. Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.)
17. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
18. Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.)
22. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
39. Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y.)
50. Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.)
57. Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
62. Matthew Branman (Villanova, Pa.)
66. David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)
69. Jeremy Goldstein (Westport, Conn.)
70. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
121. Devon Reina (Stony Brook, N.Y.)

Havana Team Foil World Cup
1. France
2. Russia
3. USA
4. Italy
5. Germany
6. Poland
7. Japan
8. Great Britain 

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