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.
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.