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Geoffrey Tourette, Team USA Bring Home Bronze from Aix-En-Provence Junior World Cup

01/23/2019, 9:15am CST
By Kristen Henneman

Team bronze medalists (back row) Andrew Machovec, Geoffrey Tourette and Marcello Olivares. (Front Row): Coach Alexey Murugin and Kenji Bravo.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Two-time Junior World team medalist Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.) won his third career individual Junior World Cup medal and helped lead Team USA to bronze this past weekend in Aix-En-Provence, France.

After competing mostly on the senior circuit in 2018, Tourette earned bronze at his first Junior World Cup of the year on Saturday.

The 2016 Cadet World Champion who has won junior gold at every national event he’s competed since January of 2017 went 6-0 in pools to take the sixth seed and a bye to the table of 128.

Edging out Yusaku Tomida (JPN), 15-12, Tourette advanced to the table of 64, where he cruised past Kerem Ercan (GER), 15-8.

In the 32, Tourette faced Augusto Antonio Servello (ARG), who entered the tournament with two Junior World Cup gold medals this season. Tourette outtouched the Argentinian, 15-14, before easily controlling his table of 16 bout against 2018 Cadet World bronze medalist Maciej Bem (POL), 15-7.

To guarantee a medal, Tourette fenced Alessandro Stella (ITA), who defeated Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.) in the previous round. Tourette held Stella to single digits, 15-9, but lost in the semifinals to the gold medalist at the London Junior World Cup earlier this season, Anton Borodachev (RUS), by a score of 15-6.

Tourette currently ranks second in the USA Fencing Junior Men’s Foil Team Point Standings behind Nick Itkin (Los Angles, Calif.), the reigning Junior World Champion. The race becomes tight for positions three through five with Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.), Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.) and Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y.) separated by fewer than 60 points.

On Sunday, Tourette, Bravo, Olivares and Machovec competed together for Team USA, winning the United States’ first team medal of the Junior World Cup season.

The squad started its day with a victory over Denmark. Despite losing three of the first four bouts, Team USA won the next four – including two by Olivares, who was +7 on the match – to secure a 45-37 victory.

In the quarterfinals against Italy, Team USA found itself down one after three rounds, but responded to win three in a row to take a 30-24 lead. Italy won the las three, but the Americans hung on for a 45-42 win. Tourette tallied a +7 indicator on the match, taking his first two bouts to help give Team USA a lead.

After falling to Russia, 45-36, in the semifinals, the United States bested Poland in the bronze medal match, 45-31. Team USA came out strong, building a 20-4 lead after four bouts. Poland cut the lead to five with two bouts remaining, but Machovec won the eighth, 7-1, and Tourette anchored the team with a 5-2 victory to clinch a medal.

Machovec won all three of his bouts for a +15 indicator.

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

Aix-En-Provence Men’s Individual Foil Junior World Cup
1. Tommaso Marini (ITA)
2. Anton Borodachev (RUS)
3. Veljko Cuk (SRB)
3. Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.)
5. Jonas Winterberg-Poulsen (DEN)
6. Alessandro Stella (ITA)
7. Kirill Borodachev (RUS)
8. Uto Ueno (JPN)

10. Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.)
20. Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.)
21. Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
24. Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y.)
32. Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.)
37. Ethan Gassner (San Francisco, Calif.)
38. Joon Paik (Norwood, N.J.)
54. Chase Emmer (Morristown, N.J.)
65. Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.)
73. Andrew Chung (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
93. James Chen (New York City, N.Y.)

Aix-En-Provence Men’s Team Foil Junior World Cup
1. Russia
2. France
3. USA
4. Poland
5. Italy
6. Hungary
7. Japan
8. Great Britain

 

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