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Jason Pryor Defeats World Champion, Earns Top-32 Result in Rio de Janeiro

05/24/2015, 9:30pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Jason Pryor (left) fenced Gabor Boczko (HUN) in the table of 32. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE / FencingPhotos.com


Jason Pryor. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE / FencingPhotos.com

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Jason Pryor (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned his first top-32 result on the World Cup circuit of the season on Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Epee Grand Prix.

Pryor qualified for the top 64 and solidified his position on his third Senior World Team on Friday when he won both of his preliminary direct elimination bouts with victories over two-time Junior World Team member Alex House (Upton, Mass.), 15-9, and Ruslan Kurbanov (KAZ), 15-12.

Pryor was one of four U.S. fencers to qualify for the top 64 and, as all four fencers were ranked in the top four in the nation at the start of the final qualifying event for the Senior Worlds, the team would be decided before the start of the second day. Pryor will be joined at the Senior Worlds in July by 2012 Senior World Team Champion Ben Bratton (New York City, N.Y.), 2013 Cadet World Champion Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas) and first-time World Team member Yeisser Ramirez (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Seeded 57th in the table of 64, Pryor drew 2011 Senior World Champion Paolo Pizzo (ITA) in his opening bout on Saturday. Up, 5-4, at the break, Pryor grew his lead to 9-7 early in the second period before Pizzo tied the bout at 11. With just over a minute remaining in the period, Pizzo and Pryor scored a double to take the score to 12. In the final minute, Pryor scored two back-to-back singles and won the bout with a third for a 15-12 victory.

In the table of 32, 2010 Senior World bronze medalist Gabor Boczko (HUN) gave up just one single to Pryor as he took a 7-4 lead after the first period. Pryor picked up the first single of the second to close the gap to two touches, but Boczko finished the bout, 15-9.

Ramirez, Simmons and Bratton all finished in the top 64.

Ramirez, who went 6-0 in pools, took a 2-1 lead early in his direct elimination bout against Martin Rubes (CZE), but Rubes answered with four straight singles to finish the period at 5-2. By the end of the second, Ramirez tied Rubes at eight and then ended the period with a double. After a double at the start of the third, Rubes scored four singles to take his lead to 14-10 and doubled out to win the bout, 15-11.

After a 5-1 pool result, Simmons also advanced directly to the table of 64 where he fenced Boczko who held a 7-6 lead after the first period and was up 12-10 after the second. Simmons tied the bout at 12 in the third, but Boczko answered with a pair of singles. Simmons scored another single to cut Boczko’s lead to 14-13 before the Hungarian doubled for a 15-14 win.

Bratton went 4-2 in the pools and defeated 2014 Junior World medalist Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif.), 15-8, and Allessandro Taccani (ARG), 15-6. In the table of 64, Bratton tied Benjamin Steffen (SUI) at five early in the second and was within a touch of his opponent when Steffen when on an eight-touch run to win the bout, 15-6.

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

Rio de Janeiro Men’s Epee Grand Prix
1. Yannick Borel (FRA)
2. Max Heinzer (SUI)
3. Christoph Kneip (GER)
3. Radoslaw Zawrotniak (POL)
5. Enrico Garozzo (ITA)
6. Jinsun Jung (KOR)
7. Fabian Kauter (SUI)
8. Gabor Boczko (HUN)

32. Jason Pryor (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
40. Yeisser Ramirez (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
42. Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas)
53. Ben Bratton (New York City)
107. Jimmy Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

115. Alex House (Upton, Mass.)
120. Adam Maczik (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
127. Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif.)
135. Dwight Smith (Elmont, N.Y.)
137. Lewis Weiss (Houston, Texas)
141. Andras Horanyi (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
168. Kevin Mo (Irvine, Calif.)

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