Tunis, Tunisia- In a relatively small field of 77, all of the 8 Americans competing in the Tunis world cup advanced to day 2 and the bracket of 64.
James Williams went 6-0 and came out of the pools 1st, and Ben Igoe also went 6-0 and finished in 2nd to pace the Americans on day 1. Jason Rogers went 4-2 and Mike Etropolski went 4-1 and Konate Primus, Luther Clement and Eric Arzoian each went 2-3. I had a bye and am ranked 13th in the tournament overall.
Tomorrow’s USA bouts in top-64: Ben Igoe vs Mark Peros CAN
Tim Morehouse vs. Luther Clement
Jason Rogers Vs. Dulceanu ROM
James Williams Vs. Moreno SPN
Erik Arzoian Vs. Diego Ochiuzzi ITA
Konate Primus Vs. Sanson FRA
* For the first time, there are Iraqi Saber Fencers competing in a world cup
* Brad Baker made a solid debut as a USA referee at a saber world cup
Congratulations to Ben Igoe on his 3rd place finish at the Budapest Men’s Saber Grand Prix!
Traditionally, this is one of the hardest world cups of the season, but Ben made it look easy slicing his way through some of the top fencers in the world including #1 ranked Luigi Tarrantino of Italy and 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Zsolt Nemscik of Hungary in achieving the highest result of his career.
Using an extremely effective counter-attack along with a lunge that surprissed many opponents with it’s length he made it look easy for most of the day until running into Dumetrescu of Romania.
To top it off, he fenced great in the team event the next day helping the USA to finish in 6th place. The team event included victories over Spain and Russia (Only the 3rd time we have beaten them in history)
Results (130 competitors)
1 Dumitrescu (Romania)
2 Lopez (France)
3 Ben Igoe (USA) and Zalomir (Romania)
29 James Williams (USA)
36 Tim Morehouse (USA)
39 Jason Rogers (USA)
Team (18 teams)
6 USA (James Williams, Jason Rogers, Ben Igoe, Tim Morehouse)
News and Notes
* Dating back to the Thailand world cup in May 2008, at least one USA fencer has reached the top-8 in 7 straight international events and 9 of the past 11.
* Also competing for the USA were Luther Clement, Konate Primus and Mike Etropolski
* Saber World Champion Felix Becker of Germany was coaching the Canadian team
* Newly retired 2000 Olympic Champion Mihai Covaliu was there as a coach for Romania
* Dmitry Guy traveled with the USA team as a coach
* In the team event: Hungary fenced without Nemscik using Junior Iliasz and France fenced without Lopez using Apithy.
* Just announced: Algeria is postponed (it was scheduled during their elections) and the Thailand World Cup is cancelled