Curtis McDowald and Team USA in men's epee
Nov. 21, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. – Last weekend at the Fencing World Cup in Legnano, Italy, Curtis McDowald placed 25th in the men’s individual epee competition, which was the highest of any American in the tournament.
The Red Storm senior cruised in pool play with four victories and outscored his opponents by a plus-13 margin to move into the table of 64. The strong play continued for the Jamaica, N.Y., native as he defeated Inochi Ito of Japan, 15-11, to earn a spot in the table of 32. Taking on Kyoungdoo Park in the next round, McDowald fell by just three touches to earn a 25th place finish.
Fencing alongside Red Storm fencing alum Benjamin Bratton, McDowald led Team USA to a fifth place finish in the men’s epee team competition. Adam Rodney and Bratton, both graduates of the St. John’s fencing program finished in 122nd and 187th, respectively against some of the best epee fencers in the world.
A 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist and Red Storm alumna, Dagmara Wozniak earned a top-25 finish by placing 23rd at the women’s saber world cup in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, over the weekend.
Fencing in pool one, Wozniak rolled to a 5-1 record and tallied the best mark of her pool by outscoring her foes by 13 touches. After a closely contested, 15-13, bout victory in the table of 64, Wozniak fell in the next round to place in 23rd. Competing for Team USA in women’s saber, Wozniak and the Americans earned a fifth place finish.
The St. John’s fencing team will return to action on Dec. 3 at the Brandeis Invitational for their first collegiate invitational of the season.