Fencing: Drew sophomore wins World Championship

Drew sophomore Alexander Massiala scores a point against Italy's Edoardo Luperi in the Cadet (Under 17) Men's Foil gold-medal match on Sunday in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo courtesy of USA Fencing)

Drew sophomore Alexander Massiala (right) scores a point against Italy's Edoardo Luperi in the Cadet (Under 17) Men's Foil gold-medal match on Sunday in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo courtesy of USA Fencing)

By Jeremy Balan

Drew School sophomore and Olympic hopeful Alexander Massialas became the first US fencer to clinch a World Championship in Cadet (Under 17) Men’s Foil with a 15-13 win over Italy’s Edoardo Luperi in the gold-medal match in Baku, Azerbaijan on Sunday.

Drew sophomore Alexander Massialas (second from left) shows of his gold medal with fellow medalists Edoardo Luperi (left), Race Imboden (second from right) and Kirill Lichagin (far right). (Photo courtesy of USA Fencing)

Massialas cruised through the preliminary round by outscoring opponents from Austria, Hungary and Great Britain by a combined score of 45-19.

Massialas then advanced over Denmark’s Alexander Tsoronis with a 15-11 win in the quarterfinals and edged Russia’s Kirill Lichagin 15-14 in the semifinal round.

Massialas will attempt to capture another world title in the Junior (Under 20) Men’s Foil event today.

Massialas is also a junior varsity soccer and basketball player at Drew.

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