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Team USA Goes 1-2-3 in Cabries

12/14/2017, 9:15am CST
By Kristen Henneman

Silver medalist Kenji Bravo, gold medalist Marcello Olivares and bronze medalist Lucas Lutar in Cabries. Photo Credit: Greg Massialas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA had three fencers on the podium on Saturday at the Cabries Men’s Foil Cadet European Cup in France as Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.), Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) and Lucas Lutar (Brewster, N.Y.) won gold, silver and bronze.

For Olivares, the gold marks his best result of the season while Bravo and Lutar each claimed his first medal on the circuit.

Perfect on the day, Olivares went 6-0 in pools and won seven direct elimination bouts en route to his second Cadet European Cup gold medal.

With a bye into the table of 128, Olivares swept Eliot Chagnon (FRA), 15-0, and cruised past Nicolas Le Bouquin (FRA), 15-6.

Facing Jasper Levy (Bellmore, N.Y.) in the table of 32, Olivares outtouched his teammate, 15-14, before advancing to the quarter-finals with an easy 15-6 victory over Arwen Borowiak (GER), 15-6, in the 16.

Olivares overcame Victor Leman-Loubiere (FRA), 15-10, for a place in the semifinals, where he bested his teammate, Lutar, 15-11.

In an All-American final, Olivares edged out Bravo by a score of 15-12.

Bravo started his journey to the final with a 5-1 record in pools and a 15-6 victory over Razvan Cristian (ROU) in the table of 128.

He then defeated three fencers from France: Bryan Becu, 15-12; Julien Eberhardt, 15-9; and Lucas Darde, 15-7.

In the quarters, Bravo fenced 2017 Cadet World Team member Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.), defeating his teammate, 15-8.

Zheng, who won bronze in Cabries last season, finished eighth on the day, his best result on the circuit this season.

Bravo’s semifinal bout against Valerian Castanie (FRA) went down to the wire as he took the bout by a touch, 15-14.

In the USA Fencing Cadet Men’s Foil Team Point Standings, Olivares and Bravo rank first and second, respectively. Zheng currently sits in third. Olivares and Bravo also improved to fourth and fifth in the Cadet European rankings.

Competing in his first Cadet European Cup, 14-year-old Lutar went 5-1 in pools for a bye into the 128, where he posted a 15-10 victory Georgios Kampaniaris (GRE).

After defeating Quincy Dualeh (NED), Filippo Quagliotto (ITA) and Alexandru Pirva (ROU) by 15-13 scores, Lutar outscored Platon Safonov (RUS), 15-10, to guarantee a medal.

On Sunday in the team competition, Team USA had two teams competing with USA 1 taking sixth and USA 2 claiming seventh.

Represented by Zachary Binder (Armonk, N.Y.), Maxiumus Deback (Cedar Springs, Mich.) and Finn Hossfeld (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), USA 1 defeated France 7 and Portugal 1 in pools to earn a top-10 seed.

The U.S. followed up a 45-26 victory over France 14 in the table of 32 with a 45-25 win over France 5 in the 16.

USA 1 drew France 1 in the quarters, coming up short, 45-29.

Aiden Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.), Bryce Louie (Los Angeles, Calif.), Lutar and Eric Yu (Encino, Calif.) competed for USA 2, which bested Italy 2 and Spain in pools.

After a 45-26 victory in the 32 over France 4, USA 2 earned a close 45-43 win over France 2 in the 16 to secure a place in the quarters, but was edged out by Russia 1, 45-43.

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

Cabries Men’s Individual Foil Cadet European Cup
1. Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.)
2. Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)

3. Valerian Castanie (FRA)
3. Lucas Lutar (Brewster, N.Y.)
5. Armand Spichiger (FRA)
6. Platon Safonov (RUS)
7. Victor Leman-Loubiere (FRA)
8. Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.)

16. Ethan Gassner (San Francisco, Calif.)
27. Jasper Levy (Bellmore, N.Y.)
28. Allan Ding (Dover, Mass.)
31. Eric Yu (Encino, Calif.)
33. Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.)
44. James Chen (Weston, Conn.)
51. Bryce Louie (Los Angeles, Calif.)
52. Zachary Binder (Armonk, N.Y.)
56. Brian Wang (Westford, Mass.)
57. Aiden Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.)
66. Kerry Lu (San Francisco, Calif.)
68. Andrew Chung (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
92. Finn Hossfeld (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.)
95. Maxiumus Deback (Cedar Springs, Mich.)
100. Cole Johnson (Novato, Calif.)
157. John Snytsheuvel (Irvine, Calif.)

Cabries Men’s Team Foil Cadet European Cup
1. France
2. Italy 1
3. Russia 1
4. Italy 3
5. France 6
6. USA 1
7. USA 2

8. Russia 4

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