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!
Padova, Italy – In the bracket of 64, team USA fencers Daryl Homer faces Zhong (CHINA), Tim Morehouse faces off against Gal (HUN), Fischl Vs. Tarrantino (ITA) and Jeff Spear will take on Kim (KOR).
The prize for first place is a new Porsche! Alcohol brand Luxardo and car maker Porsche are sponsoring the competition.
Mike Etropolski, Ben Igoe and Barron Nydam were eliminated on day 1.
Follow results of team USA live on www.twitter.com/timmorehouse
Pictures courtesy of Italian Fencing Federation.
The 36 year old Italian Luigi Tarrantino continues his improbable run back to the top of men’s saber as he astounds the fencing world knocking off younger challengers time and again. In the semi-finals of the Trofeo Luxardo, one of the most prestigous saber world cups, Tarrantino defeated Dumitrescu, 25, 15-13. Dumitrescu was coming off back-to-back world cup wins before running into Tarrantino who snaped his streak. In the finals he dominated Limbach, 23, 15-6 for the Gold.
It was only a few years ago that Luigi Tarrantino looked like a fencer heading for retirement. Having dropped to 45th in the world during the 2006-2007 season. It looked like he might not even qualify for the Bejing Games.
What happened next no one could have predicted (except maybe Tarrantino himself) as he went on a tear to finish the 2007-2008 season once again atop the world rankings as it’s #1 and helped Italy capture the Bronze Team Medal in Beijing.
On the US front, Tim Morehouse finished 17th and Ben Igoe finished 21st to pace the US contingent of 8 fencers which included Jason Rogers, James Williams, Luther Clement, Mike Etropolski, Jeff Spear and Daryl Homer. The rest of the team had a bit of a rough competition as no one else qualified for the 2nd day. There is one competition left in Dallas and the final 2 national team spots are up for grabs between Jason Rogers, Daryl Homer and James Williams.
Team event is tomorrow. USA v Spain in Round of 16. Ben Igoe, Tim Morehuse, James Williams and Daryl Homer will be competing for the US.
It was kind of cool to see a fencing event held in a huge theater with spectators and all the trimmings. Also, to see that a fencing federation knows how to maximize their fencing community and exposure to get sponsors. (As evidenced below) We can do this in the USA!