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Michael Li and Shane Iverson Win Cadet Gold and Silver in Halle

11/23/2015, 10:00pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Saturday marked a day of firsts for 16-year-old foil fencers Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Shane Iverson (Basking Ridge, N.J.)

For Li, the Halle Foil Cadet European Cup in Germany would be his first international title win while Iverson would take silver in his first appearance on the European circuit.

Li went undefeated in the pool rounds with a 6-0 record to earn the 12th seed in the direct elimination tables and Iverson took the 22nd seed after finishing 5-1 in the pool rounds.

After a bye into the table of 128, Li won his first DE bout against Enrico Giovanni Lauria (ITA), 15-5, and took his next win against Hungarian Erik Benyei (HUN), 15-12.

In the table of 32, Li won his bout against Bryan Becu, 15-7, to advance to the table of 16 where he defeated Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif.), the No. 2 cadet men’s foil fencer in the nation, by a 15-9 score.

Li and Iverson would each take on U.S. opponents in the quarter-finals after Iverson held three of his first four opponents to single digit scores to qualify for the quarters.

Both bouts would be close with Li defeating Kerry Lu (San Francisco, Calif.), 15-13, and Iverson winning his bout against Robert Wong (Chappaqua, N.Y.), 15-14.

Li fenced first in the semis and took on Mohamed Hamza (EGY), building a 13-10 lead after the first two periods. Hamza went on a 4-1 run at the start of the third to tie the bout at 14 before Li closed out at 15-14.

Iverson got off to a strong start at 3-1 in his semi against Silviu Rosu (ROU), but Rosu rebounded to take the lead at 9-7 midway through the first period. Iverson answered by outscoring the Romanian 6-1 to regain the lead at 13-11 going into the second. Iverson scored the first two touches of the next period to earn a 15-11 win and a trip to the gold medal final against Li.

In a fast-paced final, 26 touches were scored in the first three periods with Li holding a 14-12 lead over Iverson at the break. Li attacked quickly during the first exchange of the second period and claimed the win and the gold by a 15-12 score.

Li’s gold medal win allowed him to move into the No. 1 position in the Cadet European Rankings with Itkin holding the No. 2 spot. This marks Li’s fourth top-eight finish of the year on the Cadet European circuit and follows a silver medal in Montecatini and quarter-final finishes in both Bratislava and Budapest.  

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

Halle Men’s Foil Cadet European Cup
1. Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.)
2. Shane Iverson (Basking Ridge, N.J.)

3. Mohamed Hamza (EGY)
3. Silviu Rosu (ROU)
5. Tyvan Bibard (FRA)
6. Kim-Ulric Seytor (FRA)
7. Kerry Lu (San Francisco, Calif.)
8. Robert Wong (Chappaqua, N.Y.)

11. Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif.)
12. Lucas Orts (Burlingame, Calif.)
16. Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.)
17. Leo Zaroff (San Francisco, Calif.)
20. Maximillian Lewicki (Hillsborough, N.J.)
21. Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
24. McConnell Gou (Saratoga, Calif.)
25. Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.)
26. Joseph Marino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
33. Cameron Allen (Newton, Pa.)
39. Rhishikesh Ranadive (Petaluma, Calif.)
41. Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.)
58. Jared Dans (Merrick, N.Y.)
68. Aidan Chu (San Francisco, Calif.)
98. James Bogert (St. Augustine, Fla.)
129. Nathan Jeon (Palo Alto, Calif.)


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