Padua, Italy — The largest men’s saber world cup in 8 years (160+ fencers) saw 7 of the 12 team USA men’s saber fencers advance on day 1. Tim Morehouse (6-0) and Jeff Spear (5-1) advanced directly from the pools to the 64 by finishing in the top-16. Daryl Homer (4-1), Ben Igoe (4-2), James Williams (4-2), Avery Zuck (4-2) and Mike Etropolski (3-3) all advanced out of the pools and defeated strong opponents to in direct elimination matches to advance.
In the elimination matches to make top-64, Ben Igoe beat Pundyk (UKR) 15-9, James Williams defeated Boyko (UKR)15-14 , Daryl Homer defeated Mokretsov (RUS) (15-12), Mike Etropolski defeated Gelatanu (ROM) 15-13 and Avery Zuck defeated Mayer (CAN) 15-10.
Andrew Fischl, John Jalesky and Oleg Ochocki failed to advanced from the pools and Dan Bak fell in his second elimination match to advance.
Team USA fences again in the top-64 tomorrow. In the first round, Ben Igoe faces off against Montano (ITA), Homer fencers Decsi (HUN), Williams fences Kim (KOR), Tim Morehouse fences Hartung (GER), Jeff Spear fences Riccadeli (ITA), Mike Etropolski fences Tarrantino (ITA) and Avery Zuck fences Kovalev (RUS).
WISH US LUCK!
The 2011 International men’s saber Fencing Season kicks off tomorrow morning with the start of the world cups in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Team USA has 7 fencers here: Daryl Homer, Tim Morehouse, James Williams, Ben Igoe, Dan Bak, Jeff Spear and Mike Etropolski along with coach Yury Gelman. Andrew Fischl was a last minute scratch after he injured his knee last week.
This season’s schedule is different from the past. First, there will be only 8 international senior tournaments in each weapon. In the past, men’s saber had 14-15 world cups with varying strengths. With only 8, every country will attend (should) each world cup, making for no easy competitions.
The Plovdiv, Bulgaria World Cup is also the first of 3 grand prix tournaments. They will count as 1.5 of a regular world cup. Meaning, they will award more points for Grand Prix events.
Team events are now help with the “regular” world cups. Countries may only send 8 fencers to a grand prix and 12 to a “regular” world cup. However, because most countries have more than 8 strong fencers, and because of the reduced numbers, it should mean that the “regular” world cups will likely be stronger and larger than the Grand Prix ones.
Will post results from day tomorrow. There are 135 total competitors. 119 compete tomorrow with pools and preliminaries for 48 spots into the second day of 64.
After failing to qualify for the Fencing Masters in his first bid at the New York Athletic Club, Andrew Fischl (pictured above) showed perseverance in qualifying the following day at the Vassar FM Qualifier Tournament!
The more mysterious Misha Mironovas qualified out of the Rose and Gold Open in Ohio on the same day. (Thanks to Tim Mills and Julia Richey for running a qualifier for us!)
There are now 5 qualified fencers for the Fencing Masters Expo Tournament: Sean Buckley, Collin Colter, Justin Pepe, Andrew Fischl and Misha Mironovas who each have a chance to qualify for the main event by competing in the Fencing MAsters Expo Tournament on Nov. 17.
Will you be there to watch? www.fencingmastersnyc.com
Congrats to Justin Pepe for qualifying for the Fencing Masters Expo Tournament at the NYAC this past weekend.
He will have a chance along with Sean Buckley, Collin Colter, Andrew Fischl and Misha Mironovas (Fencing Alliance of Ohio) to fence in the main event against Olympic Champion Aldo Montano from Italy!
Find out your next chance to qualify for the Fencing Masters! http://fencingmastersnyc.com/compete.html
We’re off on a 2-week trip with world cups in Madrid, Spain and then we’ll stay for a camp before heading to Padua, Italy. These are the 6th and 7th world cups we’ll be competing in this season.
Ben Igoe, Daryl Homer, Mike Etropolski, Andrew Fischl, Jeff Spear, Tim Morehouse and a number of other US fencers will be headed overseas for the competitions. Up for grabs, potentially the 4th spot on the US National Team with James Williams currently working in San Francisco and not training. These tournaments will also be important for world ranking. National coach Yury Gelman will coach the team on the trip.
I’ve got The Wire season 3, Friday Night Lights Season 2 and the book, “Geeks Guide to World Domination” by Garth Sundem to help me pass the time on the flight over!
Follow our trip and results here and on twitter! (www.twitter.com/timmorehouse)
Virginia Beach, Virgina – National Team Member Daryl Homer claimed his 2nd North American Cup victory of the season by defeating Oleg Ochocki 15-11 in front of a crowd of several hundred spectators.
Sean Buckley and Andrew Fischl finished 3rd with Jason Rogers, Dan Bak, Luther Clement and Mike Etropolski rounding out the bottom 8. #1 ranked usa fencer Tim Morehouse lost in the top-32 to Franz Bogichev of Germany #3 ranked Ben Igoe lost to Etropolski in the round of 16. #2 ranked James Williams did not compete because he has taken a job at a Hedge Fund in San Francisco and his fencing career might be done.
On a personal Note: Was a tough day for me losing so early. I’m training as hard as I ever have and I’m in the best shape I’ve been in years, but sometimes in fencing if you don’t have the feeling for the distance all that matters not! Usually I’m able to tough out those early round bouts when not fencing well, but Bogichev fenced a smart bout against me and so today was not meant to be. No excuses, just back to work!
Luckily, I get to compete again in a few days since we’re leave for the Thailand World Cup…Hope to do better there and redeem myself nationally at the National Championships in July. Congrats to all the fencers today!
After 8 days in Budapest, Hungary for competition and training we’re on the road again to Moscow, Russia for the next competition. This will be our third international and fourth competition overall this season. We started the season in Istanbul, Turkey a few weeks ago. This is the super busy part of our season and after Moscow we’ll be home for only 8 days before heading back out for the Bulgaria Grand Prix.
Ben Igoe, James Williams, Daryl Homer, Jeff Spear and I stayed in Budapest while a few of the guys Mike Etropolski, Andrew Fischl and Luther Clement flew home (For 3 days!) to the USA before flying back out.
It was a bit of a rough in-between week for me since I’ve come down with a bit of an illness. Nothing serious, but I’ve spent most of the time in bed trying to recover so I can compete at 100% health in a few days. Hoping for a full recovery by the time we start fencing!
Stay tuned here and on my twitter (www.twitter.com/timmorehouse) for updates on the competition. The road to qualify for the Paris World Championships continues! (GO TEAM USA IN VANCOUVER AS WELL!)