May 12, 2017
• Men’s Saber Junior World Cup Results
QUEENS, N.Y. – Competing in the prestigious Junior World Cup in Plovdiv, Bulgaria last week, Ben Natanzon finished in eighth place in individual saber and fencing for Team USA in the team draw, he came in fifth place.
Natanzon, who has won gold twice at the Junior World Cup in Bulgaria, went 4-2 in pool play and outscored his opponents by seven touches in the six bouts. The Manalapan, N.J., native was matched up with Hunter Moricz in the table of 128 and Natanzon cruised to a 15-8 triumph.
The First Team All-American from this past season defeated Kento Hoshino, 15-8, in the table of 64, before knocking off Tomas Macri, 15-10, to move into the table of 16.
Next up, the No. 11 junior saber fencer in the world, Natanzon, edged the No. 18 fencer Ahmed Ferjani in a tightly contested 15-13 victory. Taking on the No. 2 junior fencer, Natanzon came up short to Dario Cavaliere in the table of eight to finish in eighth place in the men’s individual saber competition.
For being the No. 2 American junior fencer in the nation, Natanzon represented Team USA in the team saber competition. Head Coach Yury Gelman helped coach Natanzon and the rest of his American teammates throughout the competition. First up, in the table of 32, Team USA dominated Thailand to a 45-21 victory as Natanzon earned 15 touches and allowed just eight.
Natanzon and Team USA faced Hungary in the next round and came away with a 45-42 triumph to advance to the table of eight. The top team in the world, Italy which has four of the top 10 junior saber fencers in the world defeated Natanzon and Team USA in the quarterfinals as they went on to win gold.
Natanzon will fence at the Villa de Madrid World Cup competition in Spain next week as he looks to improve on his eighth place showing in Bulgaria.