Aug. 28, 2017
• 2017 World University Games Results
QUEENS, N.Y. – Last week, St. John’s fencers Ben Natanzon and Andras Nemeth competed in the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, which features some of the best collegiate fencers throughout the world and both Red Storm student-athletes finished in the top-30.
Natanzon, a 2017 First Team All-American in men’s saber, placed 22nd in his first career World University Games, finishing as the third-highest American in the saber draw.
Coming into the tournament, Natanzon was seeded No. 26 and earned a spot in the round of 64. The Manalapan, N.J., native cruised by Domenik Koch of Germany, 15-9, to move into the round of 32, before falling in the round of 16 to Edward Barlov of France.
Fencing for Team USA in the men’s saber team tournament, Natanzon guided the Americans to a seventh place finish. In the round of 16, the rising junior won 15 of the 26 touches to help the squad defeat Romania, 45-42. Taking on the Republic of Korea in the quarterfinals, the Americans struggled to find a rhythm and fell to the eventual champion of the tournament.
Competing in the men’s foil draw, the defending national foil champion, Nemeth came in 30th place after advancing to the table of 32. In his first knockout bout of the tournament, Nemeth defeated American Phillip Shin in a tightly contested 15-13 bout in the table of 64, before falling in the next round.
In the team foil competition, Nemeth and Hungary finished in seventh place and picked up a victory over Team USA in the round of 16 as the rising senior notched 10 touches in the bout. Nemeth, who became the first Red Storm national champion in foil, and his squad, fell to the eventual champion, Japan in the next round, 45-39.
Both fencers return to the Red Storm next season as they look forward to another terrific year.