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Team USA Takes Silver and Bronze in Krakow

01/31/2018, 11:15pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

Team USA's top-eight finishers in Krakow (L-R): Nicholas Lawson (silver), Isaac Herbst (bronze) and Jonas Hansen (sixth). Photo Credit: Sergey Danilov.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) -- Nicholas Lawson (New York, N.Y.) won silver and Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas) earned bronze at the final Cadet European Cup of the season in Krakow, Poland.

Lawson went 6-1 in the men’s event on Saturday to medal at his first-ever international competition. With the bronze, Herbst has now medaled at his last two events on the circuit after he claimed gold in Espoo last November.

Going 5-1 in pools, Lawson earned a bye into the table of 128, where he took his first direct elimination bout against Jakub Jurek (POL), 15-7. Lawson then followed up a 15-13 victory over Julius Jutila (FIN) in the table of 64 with a 15-11 win against Ibrahim Ramdan (EGY).

To secure a medal, Lawson defeated two Frenchmen, edging out Jules Mangin, 15-13, before cruising past Jan Socha (POL), 15-6.

In the semifinals, Lawson outtouched Dario Remondini (ITA), 15-14.

Facing the top-ranked fencer in the Cadet European Fencing Rankings, Lawson came up just short against Alexis Messien (FRA), losing by a score of 15-13.

Messien took on three Americans in the final rounds, also besting Herbst in the semifinals and Jonas Hansen (Cambridge, Mass.) in the quarter-finals.

Herbst, who ranks No. 6 in the Cadet European Fencing rankings, went a perfect 6-0 in pools to earn the No. 4 seed.

With a bye into the 128, Herbst held his first two opponents to single digits, overcoming Bohdan Velychko (UKR), 15-9, and Juan Andres Castillo Gutierrrez (COL), 15-7.

After claiming a tight 15-13 victory over Mykhailo Syrota (UKR), Herbst controlled his table of 16 bout against Andriy Kerkach (UKR), 15-8.

Herbst was dominant in the quarter-finals, posting a 15-5 win over Karol Noganowicz (POL) to guarantee a medal.

However, Messien prevented an All-American final, defeating Herbst, 15-12.

A bronze medalist in Espoo, Hansen earned a sixth-place finish in Krakow. He advanced to the table of 32 with a 15-9 win over Jeremy Ramuz (SUI), 15-9, and a 15-10 victory over Jan Marczak (POL).

Hansen’s next three bouts came against French fencers with Hansen outscoring Sacha Pianfetti (FRA), 15-11, and Kendrick Jean Joseph (FRA), 15-13, but falling in the quarters to Messien, 15-11.

In the USA Fencing Men’s Epee Cadet Team Point Standings, Herbst currently ranks second behind 2017 Cadet World Team member Alan Temiryaev (Woodmere, N.Y.), who finished with a top-32 result. Hansen sits in the No. 3 position. The three spots for the Cadet World Championship Team will be named at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships taking place Feb. 16-19.

On Sunday in the women’s competition, Team USA had two athletes finish in the top eight: Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.) and Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas).

Vermeule tied her career best on the circuit with her second top-eight finish this season. She went 5-1 in pools to move directly into the 128, where she defeated Beata Pekala (POL), 15-7, before besting Solane Beken (BEL), 15-6.

In the next two rounds, Vermeule overcame teammate Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Manami Akashi (JPN) by 15-7 scores.

In the quarter-finals, Vermeule came up one point shy of a medal, losing to Tamaki Terayama (JPN), 15-14.

Earning her best result on the circuit, Rausch started her day 5-1 in pools and used her momentum in the table of 128, cruising past Ignacia Cifuentes (CHI), 15-4.

Rausch then posted a 15-9 victory over Patrycja Frystacka (POL) and claimed a clutch 15-14 win over Veronika Bieleszova (CZE) in the 32.

In the table of 16, Rausch overpowered Faustine Barbier (FRA), 15-9, to advance to the quarters, where her run came to an end at the hands of the eventual gold medalist, Alicja Klasik (POL), by a 15-12 score.

In the race for the three spots on the Cadet World Team, Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.), Claire Beddingfield (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Ariana Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.) hold the top three positions. Vermeule sits in fourth, fewer than 100 points behind Mangano while Rausch moved up to sixth, fewer than 850 points out of third.

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

Krakow Men’s Individual Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Alexis Messien (FRA)
2. Nicholas Lawson (New York, N.Y.)
3. Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas)

3. Dario Remondini (ITA)
5. Filipe Frazao (POR)
6. Jonas Hansen (Cambridge, Mass.)
7. Jan Socha (POL)
8. Karol Noganowicz (POL)

10. Ramadan Dinkins (Chicago, Ill.)
13. Tristan Szapary (Wynnewood, Pa.)
25. Alan Temiryaev (Woodmere, N.Y.)
33. Gareth Spiteri (Bloomfield, N.J.)
35. Tarun Nair (Katy, Texas)
55. Ethan Nguyen (Las Vegas, Nev.)
67. Michael Shinholster (Woodstock, Ga.)
69. Hunter Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
73. Cameron Santos (Groveland, Mass.)
76. Michael Bissinger (Houston, Texas)
83. Ethan Kushnerik (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
89. Michael Mun (Tustin, Calif.)
106. Jared Felker (Rockford, Mich.)
107. Joshua Zhang (Old Brookville, N.Y.)
130. Justin Haddad (Bethesda, Md.)
141. Hagen Zheng (Newton, Mass.)
147. Evan Rayle (Hood River, Ore.)

Krakow Women’s Individual Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Alicja Klasik (POL)
2. Sophie Chavigny (UKR)
3. Rita Szarvas (HUN)
3. Tamaki Terayama (JPN)
5. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
6. Regina Bursova (SVK)
7. Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas)
8. Andrada Ghica (ROU)

9. Irene Yeu (La Canada, Calif.)
10. Emily Gao (Manhasset, N.Y.)
12. Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.)
21. Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
24. Cosima Martus (Boulder, Colo.)
25. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
29. Elizabeth Gregory (Houston, Texas)
33. Claire Beddingfield (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
35. Victoria Toncheva (Las Vegas, Nev.)
39. Mina Yamanaka (Floral Park, N.Y.)
59. Sarah Lurye (Chicago, Ill.)
77. Joyce Michaela (Sterling, Va.)
78. Sonia Bulavko (Dublin, Calif.)
101. Melanie Dolgonos (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
104. Sabine Desamours (Warrenton, Va.)
105. Talia Weiss (Houston, Texas)
184. Aeryn O’Reilly (Concord, Mass.)

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