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Ethan Gassner Earns Career-Best Finish in Leszno

02/06/2019, 3:30pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

Team USA's Ethan Gassner, Marcello Olivares, James Liao, Chase Emmer and Coach Forrest MacDougall. Photo Credit: Forrest MacDougall.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – With a ninth-place finish at the Leszno Men’s Foil Junior World Cup, Ethan Gassner (San Francisco, Calif.) claimed his best career result on the circuit.

Gassner started his day a perfect 6-0 in pools before defeating Edmund Howlett (GBR), 15-11, in the table of 128. He then advanced to the table of 32 with a 15-8 victory over three-time Junior World Team member Nicolas Marino (ARG).

After overcoming Tom-Florin Loehr (GER), 15-12, Gassner came up short in the table of 16, falling by a score of 15-8 to Yuto Ueno (JPN), who finished in the top eight at last year’s Junior Worlds.

Reigning Cadet World Champion Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) and Andrew Chung (Yorba Linda, Calif.) earned top-32 results.

In the USA Fencing Junior Men’s Foil Team Point Standings, Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.) rank first and second, and have mathematically locked their individual positions to the Junior World Championships in Torun, Poland.

With the team to be formally named after the Junior and Cadet Pan American Championships, Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.), Bravo and Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y.) are currently in spots three through five, separated by fewer than 300 points. Gassner moved up to sixth, just over 900 points out of fourth.

In the team event, Olivares, Gassner, Chase Emmer (Morristown, N.J.) and James Liao (Basking Ridge, N.J.) placed sixth for Team USA.

In the United States’ opening bout in the table of 16, Gassner continued his momentum from the individual competition, tallying a +13 indicator. He led Team USA, which won eight of the nine bouts, to cruise past Canada, 45-26.

Against Italy in the quarter-finals, Liao had a huge fourth bout, winning, 7-1, to give the United States a 20-16 lead. However, Italy won or tied the final five rounds to hand the Americans a 45-41 loss.

Team USA bested Hungary, 45-32, in the 5th-8th place table. The United States won four of the first five bouts to build a 25-13 advantage and it split the final bouts to advance to the fifth place match.

Fencing Japan, Team USA held a 10-7 lead after two bouts, but Japan responded by taking the next three to put the United States in a 25-17 hole. Olivares took the sixth round by a point and Liao tied the score at 32 after the seventh before Japan built its lead back to four going into the final bout. As the anchor, Olivares made up ground and won the bout, 9-6, but couldn’t came up the difference for a 45-44 loss.

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

Leszno Men’s Individual Foil Junior World Cup
1. Tommaso Marini (ITA)
2. Kirill Borodachev (RUS)
3. Mohamed Hamza (EGY)
3. Vladislav Mylnikov (RUS)
5. Ivan Troshin (RUS)
6. Yuto Ueno (JPN)
7. Augusto Antonio Servello (ARG)
8. Armand Spichiger (FRA)

9. Ethan Gassner (San Francisco, Calif.)
17. Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
27. Andrew Chung (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
33. Bryce Louie (Los Angeles, Calif.)
39. Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.)
47. James Liao (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
47. Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.)
54. Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.)
64. Chase Emmer (Morristown, N.J.)
78. Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y.)
105. Joon Paik (Norwood, N.J.)
117. James Chen (New York City, N.Y.)

Leszno Men’s Team Foil Junior World Cup
1. France
2. Italy
3. Russia
4. Poland
5. Japan
6. USA
7. Germany
8. Hungary

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