Three Men's Fencers Take Strip at Udine Junior World Cup, Woo Wins Bronze
Woo earned his second Junior World Cup medal (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
UDINE, Italy – Foil fencer Michael Woo earned his second Junior World Cup medal on Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Udine Junior World Cup as the Harvard men's fencing sophomore won bronze. Fellow foil fencer Stephen Mageras finished in the top-15 while Jerry Chang rounded out the three Crimson competitors. The trio helped the U.S. squad earn a team gold medal.
Woo, who was seeded fifth after pool play, drew James Brosnan in the opening round of eliminations. He downed the Great Britain fencer, 15-5, before besting Italy's Andrea Enrico Sanflippo, 15-13. The Wayne, N.J., local emerged out of the round of 16 as he bested Damaino Rosatelli (ITA), 15-10. In the quarterfinals he met the fourth-seed Alexander Pivovaro of Russia, who he upset, 15-13. Woo earned the bronze medal after his win streak was halted by eventual gold-medal winner, and U.S. teammate, Axel Kiefer, 15-10, in the semifinals.
Mageras, who was seeded 17th, opened elimination action with a 15-7 win over Great Britain's Charlie St. John. The freshman Darien, Conn., native downed Boldizsar Balogh (HUG), 15-10, to reach the table of 16, but fell to the top-seed Kristjan Archer, 15-6, to claim 13th overall.
Entering the ranking round at 32nds after pools, Chang defeated Gialunca Martini (ITA), 15-7. The Moutain View, Calif., local, fell to the second-seed Nobuo Bravo, who also represented the red, white and blue, 15-14, in the round of 32 to finish 28th overall.
The Crimson will make the trip to Queens, N.Y., for the St. John's Invitational Sunday, Jan. 26.