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Team USA Opens Wheelchair Pan Ams with Three Medals in Montreal

04/28/2015, 7:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Gerard Moreno (far right) won silver in the Cat B men's foil event. Photo Credit: Ginny Boydston

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Wheelchair Fencing Team got the Pan American Championships off to a successful start on Monday when Team USA won three medals in the foil events in Montreal.

Four-time Paralympian Gerard Moreno (Los Angeles, Calif.) made himself one to watch as Team USA prepares for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when he won the Category B men’s foil silver medal.

A 2011 Pan Am Champion, Moreno finished second in the pool rounds behind Jovane Silva Guissone (BRA) – the 2012 Paralympic Champion in epee.

After a bye into the semifinals, Moreno defeated Vanderson Chaves (BRA), 15-14.

In the gold medal final, Moreno lost to Silva Guissone, 15-9.

First-time team members Lauryn DeLuca (Parma, Ohio) and Vikki Espinosa (Portland, Ore.) each won international medals for the first time as the Americans claimed both bronzes in the Category A women’s epee event.

Seeded third out of the pools, 15-year-old DeLuca defeated Karen Castillo (ARG), 15-2, in the quarter-finals. Espinosa won her bout against Romina Clemente (ARG), 15-10, to lock in Team USA’s third medal of the day.

In the semifinals, DeLuca lost to eventual gold medalist Monica Santos (BRA), 15-8, and Espinosa lost to 2012 Paralympian Sylvie Morel (CAN), 15-3.

Curt Oswalt (Von Ormy, Texas) won two bouts in the men’s Category A foil event before he had to medically withdraw from the tournament.

Competition continues on Tuesday with the individual and team epee events. 

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