TORUN, Poland – Following a strong season on the strip at Harvard, capped by a fourth-place team performance at the NCAA Championships, junior sabre Erwin Cai helped the United States earn the bronze medal in the junior team men's sabre division at the 2019 World Fencing Championships.
Cai and his teammates earned the third seed in the bracketed stage, and toppled opponents from Uzbekistan (45-40), Poland (45-31) and Great Britain (45-28) to advance to the semifinals. The Americans were tripped up by Russia (45-42), but beat France in the third-place bout to claim the Bronze. Cai also posted a top-30 finish in the individual event at the World Championships.
Sophomore Geoffrey Tourette was also in action, helping the United States to a fourth-place result in the junior team men's foil division. The No. 5 seed, Tourette helped the USA beat Kuwait (45-7), Korea (45-37) and Japan (45-34). The Cupertino, California native also competed in the individual rounds, placing 36th, while sophomore Adrien Thein-Sandler was in action in the individual epee competition, falling in the round of 32.