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Piskovatskov Wins Junior World Cup Bronze in Greece

12/18/2017, 8:15pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Bronze medalist Jonathan Piskovatskov with Coach Sergey Danilov. Photo Credit: Sergey Danilov

Team USA finished fifth in Heraklion. Photo Credit: Sergey Danilov.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Seventeen-year-old Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas) won his first individual Junior World Cup medal on Saturday, taking bronze at the men’s epee competition in Heraklion, Greece.

The win is the second podium finish in the last week for Piskovatskov who took gold in the Division I event at the December North American Cup on Dec. 9.

The 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist earned a bye into the table of 128 where he defeated Luidgi Midelton (FRA), 15-10, before going on to advance to the 32 with a 15-7 victory over teammate Cedric Mecke (New York City, N.Y.)

After a 15-13 win against Thomas Precy (FRA), Piskovatskov took a 15-10 victory over Tibor Andrasfi (HUN), the gold medalist from the first Junior World Cup of the season in Riga, Latvia.

Piskovatskov secured his position on the podium when he defeated Ivan Limarev (RUS), 15-10, before falling to David Nagy (HUN), 15-3, in the semis.

In the newly released USA Fencing Junior National Team Point Standings, Piskovatskov holds the No. 1 position, followed by 2017 Junior World Team member Stephen Ewart Jr. (Lancaster, Calif.) in second. Teddy Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) and Omari Smoak (Union, N.J.) round out the top four as both fencers attempt to qualify for a Junior World Team for the first time.

On Sunday, Piskovatskov anchored a U.S. team that included Ewart, Lombardo and 2016 Cadet Mixed Team World Champion Sean Wilson (Washington, D.C.)

In the table of 16, Team USA won or tied eight of the nine bouts against Ukraine with Lombardo and Ewart each posting a +8 indicator and Piskovatskov ending the match at +6 for a 45-23 victory.

With Poland up, 29-25, after the seventh bout in the quarters, Lombardo brought the Americans within one with a 5-2 win against Wojciech Lubieniecki in the setup leg. In the final bout, Piskovatskov split touches 6-6 against Damian Michalak, but couldn’t pull ahead as Team USA fell to the 2017 Junior World silver medalists, 37-36.

Ewart took on the anchor position in the next match against Russia, scoring 12 touches against Igor Korovin to lead Team USA to a 44-35 win.

In the match for fifth place, Team USA dominated Romania, winning seven of the first eight bouts with Piskovatskov earning a +10 indicator to put the Americans into a 27-16 lead. Ewart scored nine in a fast-paced anchor bout against Marton Szep to hold on to a 36-28 victory.

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

Heraklion Men’s Individual Epee Junior World Cup
1. Jakub Jurka (CZE)
2. David Nagy (HUN)
3. Gianpaolo Buzzacchino (ITA)
3. Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas)
5. Ivan Limarev (RUS)
6. Paul Veltrup (GER)
7. Elia Dagani (SUI)
8. Andzej Gedzo (EST)

31. Timothy Frank (Portland, Ore.)
61. Cedric Mecke (New York City, N.Y.)
62. Stephen Ewart Jr. (Lancaster, Calif.)
73. Teddy Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
80. Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas)
85. Finn Miller (Bedminster, N.J.)
110. Jack Bradford (Erie, Colo.)
119. Ian Sanders (Wilton, Conn.)
122. Michael Bissinger (Houston, Texas)
127. Omari Smoak (Union, N.J.)
138. Sean Wilson (Washington, D.C.)

Heraklion Men’s Team Epee Junior World Cup
1. Italy
2. Hungary
3. Switzerland
4. Poland
5. USA
6. Romania
7. Spain
8. Russia

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