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U.S. Men’s Epee Team Places Eighth at Berne World Cup

10/27/2014, 6:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

U.S. team anchor Andras Horanyi. Photo Credit: Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Men’s Epee Team opened the World Cup season with an eighth-place finish in Berne, Switzerland on Sunday.

Three 2014 Senior World Team members returned to the squad in Switzerland. Andras Horanyi (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jimmy Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jimmy Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.) were joined by Yeisser Ramirez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who was fencing in his first World Cup since receiving his U.S. citizenship.

Horanyi anchored Team USA as the squad won or tied seven of nine bouts against Sweden in the table of 32 en route to a 45-39 victory.

In the table of 16, Poland held a two-touch lead after the first six bouts. In the seventh, Pryor outscored Marcel Bas, 7-3, to give Team USA a 35-33 lead. Moody held Radoslaw Zawrotniak to three touches in the eighth and Horanyi outscored Krzysztof Mikolajczak, 5-1, for a 45-37 win.

Team USA kept the score against top-ranked France close in the quarters with a tie at 10 early in the match, but the more experienced French Team controlled the later bouts and won the round, 45-29. France, who also won three medals in the individual event, went on to take the team gold.  

Ramirez fenced a pivotal third bout in the next match against Italy where he outscored 2011 Senior World Champion Paolo Pizzo, 11-9, to put Team USA within a touch of Italy at 15-14. Moody followed with two touches to tie the score at 16 in the fourth. Although Team USA tried to keep the remaining bouts close, Italy won the match, 45-31.

In the match for seventh place, Russia held a 37-33 lead going into the final bout between Horanyi and Sergey Khodos. Horanyi outscored Khodos, 6-5, but couldn’t close the gap and Russia won the match, 42-39.

Two U.S. fencers advanced to the table of 64 on Saturday in the individual event.

Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas), a 2013 Cadet World Champion fencing at his first Senior World Cup, lost in the table of 64 to Sukhov, 15-7, and finished 54th.

Fencing in the table of 64 for the first time on the circuit, Kevin Mo (Irvine, Calif.) trailed three-time Olympian Silvio Fernandez (VEN) by a single touch for much of their bout. Up 13-12 in the final minute of the third period, Fernandez scored two singles to win the bout, 15-12.

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

Berne Individual Epee World Cup
1. Jean-Michel Lucenay (FRA)
2. Geza Imre (HUN)
3. Gauthier Grumier (FRA)
3. Ulrich Robeiri (FRA)
5. Sangyoung Park (KOR)
6. Benjamin Steffen (SUI)
7. Ruslan Kurbanov (KAZ)
8. Vadim Anokhin (RUS)

54. Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas)
55. Kevin Mo (Irvine, Calif.)
97. Alen Hadzic (New York, N.Y.)
100. Yeisser Ramirez (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
120. Peregrine Badger (Providence, R.I.)
133. Andras Horanyi (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
152. Adam Watson (Richford, Vt.)
166. Jonathan Yergler (Plantation, Fla.)
169. Jason Pryor (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
174. Jimmy Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
197. Alexander Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.)
206. Benji Ungar (Bronx, N.Y.)

Berne Team Epee World Cup
1. France
2. Switzerland
3. Korea
4. Ukraine
5. Italy
6. Hungary
7. Russia
8. USA

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