U.S. Men's Epee Team members Sean Wilson, Jack Bradford, Wes Johnson and Stephen Ewart Jr. Photo Credit: Sergey Danilov.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Men’s Epee Team opened the first tournament of the Junior World Cup season with a bronze medal win on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Luxembourg.
Team USA included two members of the 2016 Cadet World Team – Sean Wilson (Houston, Texas) and Stephen Ewart Jr. (Lancaster, Calif.) – as well as 2016 Pan Am Junior Team silver medalist Jack Bradford (Erie, Colo.) and Wes Johnson (Pleasant View, Utah).
The Americans won six of their first eight bouts against host nation Luxembourg in the table of 16 to build a 40-29 lead. Johnson, fencing as anchor for the tournament, shut out Francesco Ramozzotti to close the match with a 45-29 win.
In the quarter-finals against Denmark, Team USA dropped just two bouts with Wilson posting a +9 indicator. Johnson, who gave up a single touch in his first two bouts, outscored Christian Schack, 5-3, in the anchor leg as he boosted his indicator to +11. The Americans won the bout, 45-28, to advance to the semifinals against France – the top seed in the tournament and the reigning Junior World silver medalists.
With France leading the match, 35-27, after the seventh bout, Bradford was substituted in and defeated Andric Pianfetti, 7-5. Johnson scored eight against Gregory Rebus in the anchor leg, but France took the match, 45-42.
Team USA took on Switzerland in the bronze medal final and built a 25-20 lead after the sixth bout. Ewart Jr., Bradford and Johnson took three straight wins in the final rotation to win the match, 45-34.
The team event followed an individual round on Saturday in which 15-year-old Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas) earned a top-16 result in his second appearance on the Junior World Cup Circuit.
One of only two U.S. cadet athletes to fence in the tournament, Piskovatskov’s result allowed him not only to earn domestic and international junior ranking points, but enough points to move up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the U.S. Cadet Men’s Epee National Rolling Point Standings.
A difficult pool round left Piskovatskov with a 2-3 record and the 90th seed in the table of 128
Piskovatskov defeated Maciej Bialas (POL), 15-7, and then took his table of 64 win by a 15-13 score against Gregory Rebus (FRA) who came in as the No. 3 seed at the start of the tournament.
In the table of 32, Piskovatskov took a 15-12 win against Damian Michalak (POL) who was seeded seventh in the direct elimination bouts.
One win away from the quarter-finals, Piskovatskov lost his next bout to Gergely Toth (HUN), 15-12, and finished 15th overall.
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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Luxembourg Men’s Team Epee Junior World Cup
6. Czech Republic
Luxembourg Men’s Individual Epee Junior World Cup
1. Adrian Dabija (ROU)
2. Jakub Jurka (CZE)
3. Giacomo Paolini (ITA)
3. Clement Dorigo (FRA)
5. Davide Timo (ITA)
6. Bartosz Staszulonek (POL)
7. Gergely Toth (HUN)
8. Federico Marenco (ITA)
15. Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas)
20. Henry Lange (Beaverton, Ore.)
22. Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif.)
26. Sean Wilson (Houston, Texas)
30. Oliver Shindler (Chicago, Ill.)
43. Adrien Thein-Sandler (Topanga, Calif.)
46. Stephen Ewart (Lancaster, Calif.)
55. Wesley Johnson (Pleasant View, Utah)
65. Jack Bradford (Erie, Colo.)
117. Nicolas Wilson (Houston, Texas)
120. Zachary Zeller (Henderson, Nev.)
134. Wolfe Crouse (Conroe, Texas)