Feb. 17, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – For the second time this season, Ben Natanzon claimed a medal at a Junior World Cup after claiming bronze in men’s saber at the Junior World Cup in Dourdan, France, this past Saturday.
The sophomore from Manalapan, N.J. won gold in Plodiv, Bulgaria, earlier this season and the sensational second-year collegiate fencer now boasts four career Junior World Cup medals.
Currently ranked sixth in the Junior World Rankings, Natanzon started off the day with a 5-1 record in pool play to advance to the table of 128.
His first bout in knockout play was against New Jersey native Malcolm Fields and Natanzon cruised to a 15-10 victory. In the next round, the sophomore defeated Antoine Roesner of France, 15-11, before going on to a dominating victory over Alberto Arpino of Italy, 15-4.
Looking to take a spot on the podium stand once again, Natanzon overcame Mark Stepanov in the table of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals. The closest bout of the Junior World Cup for Natanzon came against Great Britain native, William Deary. The Manalapan, N.J. native won on the final touch of the bout to win 15-14 and guaranteed himself another Junior World Cup medal.
Facing the eventual gold medalist Vladislav Pozdnyakov in the semifinals, Natanzon fell short, 15-12, to finish with a bronze in men’s saber.
Natanzon boasts a superb 37-8 record in collegiate bouts this season for the Johnnies, while the men’s fencing team is currently ranked seventh in the nation in the latest CollegeFencing 360 Coaches Poll.
Natanzon and the rest of the St. John’s fencing squad will be back in action at the Temple Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 26, for its final home meet of the season before the NCAA Regional Championships.