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Eight U.S. Fencers Advance to Second Day at the San Jose Men’s Foil World Cup

10/16/2015, 11:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(San Jose, Calif.) – As 190 fencers were whittled down to 64, eight members of Team USA remain in the hunt for gold after the first day of competition at the San Jose Foil World Cup concluded on Friday.

All four members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team earned automatic exemptions into the table of 64 due to their top-16 World Rankings where 2015 Overall World Cup Champion Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is ranked No. 1. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) is ranked No. 3 after his 2015 Senior World Championship silver medal finish, followed by three-time Senior World medalist Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) in eighth and 2013 Senior World Champion Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.) in 11th.

In the preliminary rounds, it was Columbia freshman Nolen Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.) who stole the show for the Americans in his first Senior World Cup appearance, upsetting four-time Senior World medalist Jianfei Ma (CHN) and winning all six of his pool bouts to earn the 24th seed in the table of 64 on Saturday.

Scruggs was one of 18 U.S. fencers to advance out of the pools and into the preliminary direct elimination rounds with three former National Team members from the Bay Area each qualifying for the second day.

Penn State junior Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) and Harvard senior Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.) each fell two touches short of qualifying directly out of the pool rounds as both athletes finished the pools with 5-1 records.

Bravo, a two-time Junior World Team member, earned a bye into the preliminary table of 64 and won his lone DE by a 15-13 score over Myeong Jun Moon (KOR).

A 2012 Junior World Team Champion, Chang needed just one DE win to advance to the second day and held on for a 15-14 victory over Ryo Miyake (JPN).

David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.), a 2008 Senior World Team member who is currently ranked fifth in the nation, continued his Olympic bid with a 4-2 pool result at the first qualifier of the new season. Willette won his opening DE, 15-8, over Volodymyr Koltygo (UKR) and knocked 2015 Junior World Team member Matthew Branman (Villanova, Pa.) out of contention for the second day with a 15-11 win in the preliminary table of 64.

Italy and Russia lead the tournament with the most athletes qualified for the table of 64 with nine each while France will send eight into the second day.

The following are Team USA’s matchups for the table of 64 on Saturday (All times Pacific):

9 a.m.
Race Imboden vs. Valerio Aspromonte (ITA)
Alexander Massialas vs. Roman Djitli (ALG)
Gerek Meinhardt vs. Ka Long Cheung (HKG)

9:25 a.m.
Jerry Chang vs. Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY)

10:15 a.m.
David Willette vs. Edoardo Luperi (ITA)

10:40 a.m.
Miles Chamley-Watson vs. Alessandro Paroli (ITA)

11:05 a.m.
Nolen Scruggs vs. Takahiro Shihine (JPN)

11:30 a.m.
Nobuo Bravo vs. Peter Joppich (GER)

The semifinal and final rounds will be streamed live at 6:30 p.m. Pacific at

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Results for the U.S. finishers who did not advance to the table of 64 are as follows:

73. Matthew Branman (Villanova, Pa.)
74. Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif.)
75. Julian Knodt (Palo Alto, Calif.)
87. Sam Moelis (Hewlett, N.Y.)
89. William Upbin (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
90. Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.)
93. Gregory Mitberg (Beaverton, Ore.)
106. Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.)
108. Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.)
113. Adam Mathieu (Union City, N.J.)
123. Jason Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)
127. Forrest MacDougall (Los Angeles, Calif.)
135. Lucas Orts (Burlingame, Calif.)
137. Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.)
141. Stuart Holmes (Centereach, N.Y.)
147. George Haglund (Califon, N.J.)
151. Sidarth Kumbla (San Jose, Calif.)
152. Eoin Gronningsater (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
161. David Hadler (San Francisco, Calif.)
164. Alexander Chiang (Atlanta, Ga.)
169. Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas)
174. John Crumpler (Notre Dame, Ind.)
178. Jarred Gou (Saratoga, Calif.)

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