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Junior World Cup Season Opens in Luxembourg on Saturday

09/19/2014, 9:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Ariel Simmons won gold at the 2013 Cadet Worlds. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE / FencingPhotos.com

Justin Yoo won silver at the 2014 Cadet Worlds and bronze at the 2014 Junior Worlds. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE / FencingPhotos.com

Justin Yoo won silver at the 2014 Cadet Worlds and bronze at the 2014 Junior Worlds. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE / FencingPhotos.com

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The first Junior World Cup of the season will be held in Luxembourg on Saturday with 210 men’s epee fencers scheduled to compete in the tournament.

Team USA will be led by 2014 Junior World bronze medalist Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif.) The third seed in the tournament, Yoo also won silver at the Cadet Worlds this year and is fencing in his first full international season as a junior.

Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas), the 2013 Cadet World Champion, will be fencing in his first international event in nearly a year after injuring his Achilles tendon last season. Simmons will fence in Luxembourg alongside his former U.S. teammate, 2013 Cadet World bronze medalist Jake Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.)

The U.S. squad also includes three other members of past Cadet World Teams: Gabriel Canaux (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who fenced at the 2013 Cadet Worlds and 2014 Team members Joshua Cole (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and Charles Horowitz (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Results will be updated live at http://gretsch2014.weebly.com/reacutesultats.html.

The complete roster of athletes fencing in Luxembourg is as follows:

Men’s Team Roster
Gabriel Canaux (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Robin Cheong (San Antonio, Texas)
Joshua Cole (Chappaqua, N.Y.)
Samuel Freiman (Woodlands, Texas)
Porter Hesselgrave (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Charles Horowitz (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Michael Popovici (Katy, Texas)
Jake Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas)
Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif.)
Wesley Yuan (Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Darius Zacharakis (Houston, Texas)

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