November 3, 2016
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA’s men claimed five of the seven medals and Chloe Daniel (Sierra Madre, Calif.) won bronze at the Epee Cadet European Cup on Saturday in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.) earned the individual gold medal in Klagenfurt for the second consecutive year while Alan Temiryaev (Brooklyn, N.Y.) grabbed a spot on the podium with a bronze at his first international competition.
In the men’s team competition, the Americans swept the podium, its four teams placing in the top four spots. For Griffiths, a gold in the team event marked his second title of the day; Temiryaev also brings home a pair of medals, adding a second bronze from the team event to his collection.
Team USA started the day strong in the men’s individual competition with nine members going undefeated in the pool rounds and the U.S. securing four of the top five seeds in the direct elimination rounds.
Griffiths was one of the Americans to finish 6-0 in pools, taking the eighth seed and receiving a bye into the table of 128, where he defeated Alexandre Hungerbuehler (GER), 15-12. He then cruised through the next two rounds, besting Ruslan Hasanov (UKR), 15-6, and Fynn Fafard (CAN), 15-8.
To secure a place in the quarterfinals, Griffiths overcame Alex Oroian (ROU), 15-11. In quarters and semis, Griffiths would have to beat two of his teammates, securing a medal with a 15-12 victory over teammate Eliot Herbst (Houston, Texas) and reaching the final with a 15-13 win over Temiryaev.
Once in the final, Griffiths took control, winning the bout 15-9 over Daniel Hosszu (HUN).
On his way to his first international medal, Temiryaev found his stride with a 15-6 victory over Zachary Jaccoud (SUI) in the 128 before defeating Bartlomiej Zbierada (POL), 15-12. In the table of 32, Temiryaev out-touched Samu Szlachanyi (HUN), 15-14, pitting him against teammate Theodore Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) in the 16.
Temiryaev once again squeaked out the victory, winning the bout 8-7. In the quarters, Temiryaev held off Ian Hauri (SUI), 14-12, before giving Griffiths his closest bout of the day.
Team USA made up half the competitors in the table of 16 as Herbst, Emon Daroian (Encino, Calif.), Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas), Cedric Mecke (New York, N.Y.), Lombardo and Robert Hondor (Malden, Mass.) joined Griffiths and Temiryaev in the 16. Herbst and Daroian advanced to the quarterfinals, finishing in fifth and seventh, respectively.
In the Cadet Point Standings, Griffiths maintains his No. 1 ranking, holding a 300-point lead over Piskovatskov. Temiryaev climbed into the third spot with Lombardo just 30 points behind.
In the women’s competition, Daniel defeated two fencers from Great Britain in her first two DEs, outscoring Charlotte Summers 15-11 in the table of 128 and Laura Sheffield 15-12 in the 64. After advancing to the 16 with a 15-8 victory over Anna Musial (POL), Daniel overcame the No. 4 fencer in the European Cadet rankings, Zsuzsa Schlier (ROU), 15-12.
Daniel then beat Natasha Kis-Toth (CAN), 15-13, in the quarterfinals, but missed a chance at gold with a 15-9 loss to Renata Petri (HUN).
The podium finish at her first international competition of the year allowed Daniel to jump three spots in the Cadet Point Standings to No. 2. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.) holds the top spot while Ariana Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.) and Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.) currently rank third and fourth.
Komar also finished in the top 16, controlling her table of 128 bout against Alessandra Luna (SUI), 15-7. In the next two rounds, Komar ended the day of two teammates, claiming victories over Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.), 15-8, and Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.), 15-11. A loss to Edina Kardos (HUN) in the 16 led to a 13th place finish.
The team competition saw the U.S. men dominate the competition as all four teams secured spots in the semifinals.
In the first semifinal, USA 1, featuring Griffiths, Lombardo, Piskovatskov and Wolfe Crouse (Conroe, Texas), narrowly defeated USA 2, composed of Temiryaev, Anton Chmut (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas) and Cedric Mecke (New York, N.Y.) USA 1 jumped out to an early lead and despite a comeback from USA 2, held on to win 35-33.
USA 3, which included Michael Bissinger (Houston, Texas), Eliot Herbst, Daroian and Kevin Chao (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), and USA 4, containing Thomas Etchell (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Timothy Frank (Portland, Ore.) and Nathan Vaysberg (Brooklyn, N.Y.) squared off in the second semifinal. USA 3 won seven of the nine bouts for a 45-33 victory.
In the final, USA 1 overcame a 20-18 deficit to win 45-41 for the gold. In the bronze medal match, Isaac Herbst won the fourth round 6-1 to break a 14-14 tie and USA 2 went on to win 45-38.
In the women’s team event, Komar and Mangano fenced on USA 1 with Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Miriam Grady (Broomfield, Colo.) The Americans first dominated Poland, 45-19 in the table of 32 before besting USA 3, 38-35. The quarterfinals featured a come-from-behind victory as Komar won her anchor bout 11-4, overcoming Romania’s six-point lead to win by a touch, 42-41.
However, USA 1 came up short of a medal, falling in the semi to Estonia, 45-34, and Hungary 2, 45-36, in the bronze medal match.
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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Klagenfurt Men’s Individual Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.)
2. Daniel Hosszu (HUN)
3. Adam Macska (ROU)
3. Alan Leo Temiryaev (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
5. Eliot Herbst (Houston, Texas)
6. Bartlomiej Szurlej (POL)
7. Emon Daroian (Encino, Calif.)
8. Ian Hauri (SUI)
9. Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas)
10. Cedric Mecke (New York, N.Y.)
11. Theodore Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
15. Robert Hondor (Malden, Mass.)
18. Michael Bissinger (Houston, Texas)
21. Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas)
33. Nathan Vaysberg (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
36. Wolfe Crouse (Conroe, Texas)
37. Anton Chmut (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
45. Hunter Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
71. Kevin Chao (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
78. Thomas Etchell (Greenwood Village, Colo.)
96. Thomas Xavier Ghazaleh (Winchester, Mass.)
129. Michael Wang (San Jose, Calif.)
149. Timothy Frank (Portland, Ore.)
156. Bennett Cohen (Old Westbury, N.Y.)
Klagenfurt Women’s Individual Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Renata Petri (HUN)
2. Barbara Brych (POL)
3. Dora Kazar (HUNG)
3. Chloe Daniel (Sierra Madre, Calif.)
5. Eszter Muhari (HUN)
6. Natasha Kis-Toth (CAN)
7. Outi Jaakkola (FIN)
8. Edina Kardos (HUN)
13. Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.)
19. Ariana Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.)
20. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
22. Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas)
26. Mina Yamanaka (Floral Park, N.Y.)
28. Catherine Beddingfield (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
33. Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
38. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
39. Miriam Grady (Broomfield, Colo.)
41. Kaitlyn Gill (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.)
45. Huda Aldadah (Peoria, Ill.)
46. Emma Scala (San Francisco, Calif.)
55. Lake Sheffield (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
62. Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.)
69. Claire Beddingfield (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
71. Emily Lan Gao (Manhasset, N.Y.)
75. Sofya Bulavko (Dublin, Calif.)
83. Alexis Hedvat (New York, N.Y.)
163. Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Klagenfurt Men’s Team Epee Cadet European Cup
1. USA 1
2. USA 3
3. USA 2
4. USA 4
6. Poland 2
8. Poland 1
Klagenfurt Women’s Team Epee Cadet European Cup
3. Hungary 2
4. USA 1
6. Canada 1
7. USA 2
13. USA 3
21. USA 4