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Team USA Doubles its Medal Total on Third Day of Junior Pan Ams

03/10/2018, 12:30am CST
By Kristen Henneman

Junior women's foil gold medalist Delphine DeVore and bronze medalist Lauren Scruggs. Photo Credit: Brandon Dyett.


Pan Am junior men's epee silver medalist Jonathan Piskovatskov and bronze medalist Teddy Lombardo. Photo Credit: Brandon Dyett.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA had its most successful day of the 2018 Junior and Cadet Pan American Championships so far, winning four medals on Thursday – the final day of individual competition.

In the women’s foil event, Delphine DeVore (Westport, Conn.) brought the gold back to the United States for the first time since 2015 and Lauren Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.) earned bronze. 2017 Cadet World Championship bronze medalist Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas) and Teddy Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) earned podium finishes in the men’s epee competition, taking silver and bronze, respectively.

With two medals in each event, the Americans increased their medal count at Junior Pan Ams to eight, doubling up on second-place Mexico, which has four medals on the tournament.

DeVore’s gold marks her second straight on the junior circuit after she took the title at the Moedling Junior World Cup last month. A member of last year’s gold medal winning team at Junior Pan Ams, DeVore went 6-0 in pools for the No. 2 seed and a bye into the table of 16.

She cruised past Mariana Pistoia (BRA), 15-5, before taking out two teammates by 15-10 scores: Natalie Minarik (Glen Oaks, N.Y.) and Scruggs.

In the final, DeVore bested the bronze medalist from last year’s competition, Arantza Inostroza (CHI), 15-7.

Scruggs, who won gold at the Budapest Cadet European Cup earlier this season, entered the direct elimination rounds seeded just behind DeVore at No. 3 and defeated Lydia Casillas (MEX), 15-12, in the 16.

Advancing to the semifinals with another 15-12 victory over Cynthia Liu (CAN), Scruggs secured her first international medal at the junior level.

All four Americans earned top-eight results with May Tieu (Belle Mead, N.J.) finishing fifth and Minarik finishing sixth.

Tieu took the top seed out of pools with a 6-0 record. In the table of 16, the two-time medalist on the cadet circuit this season posted a dominant 15-5 victory over Jane Caulfield (CAN), who won silver in the cadet women’s foil event earlier this week.

Tieu’s quarter-final bout came down to the final touch with Anabella Acurero Gonzalez (VEN) edging out Tieu, 15-14.

Minarik, the bronze medalist at last year’s Cadet Worlds, gave up just two points in her first bout against Sofie McGoff (PUR) and earned a place in the quarters with a 15-6 win over Katina Proestakis (CHI).

For the second year in a row, Team USA had two fencers on the podium in men’s epee, Piskovatskov was a perfect 6-0 in pools to claim the No.1 seed.

With a bye into the table of 32, Piskovatskov won his first two bouts against Juan Francisco De Jesus (ESA) and Jorge Valderrama (CHI), 15-7.

After a 15-11 victory over Jorge Diaz (MEX) to guarantee a medal, Piskovaskov outscored 2017 Junior Pan Ams bronze medalist Eduardo Garcia (PER), 15-12, for a chance to fence for gold.

In the final, Piskovatskov faced the bronze medalist from last year’s Senior Pan American Championships, Alexandre Camargo (BRA), and came up short, 15-13.

Like Scruggs, Lombardo also won his first international medal on the junior level. In the first two rounds, he faced two teammates, defeating 2017 Cadet Worlds silver medalist Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.), 15-11, and 2017 Junior Pan American Championships Team Champion Henry Lange (Beaverton, Ore.), 15-12.

The quarter-finals saw Lombardo overcome Yordano De La Caridad Suarez Santiuste (CUB), 15-10, but he dropped his semifinal bout to Camargo, 15-13.

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

Junior Men’s Epee Pan American Championships
1. Alexandre Camargo (BRA)
2. Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas)
3. Eduardo Garcia (PER)
3. Teddy Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
5. Jorge Diaz (MEX)
6. Fabrizio Lazaroto (BRA)
7. Yordano de la Caridad Suarez Santiuste (CUB)
8. Aldo Sanchez (MEX)

9. Henry Lange (Beaverton, Ore.)
18. Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.)

Junior Women’s Foil Pan American Championships
1. Delphine DeVore (Westport, Conn.)
2. Arantza Inostroza (CHI)
3. Anabella Acurero Gonzalez (VEN)
3. Lauren Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.)
5. May Tieu (Belle Mead, N.J.)
6. Natalie Minarik (Glen Oaks, N.Y.)

7. Cynthia Liu (CAN)
8. Naomi Moindrot-Zilliox (CAN)

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