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HDFC’s Tristan Krueger wins Gold in 2014 Junior Olympics!

Posted on February 16th, 2014 at 7:55 pm, in Club News

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In an astounding final bout HDFC’s Tristan Krueger defeated Julien Dieck (Larchmont, N.Y.) to become the 2014 Junior Olympics Cadet Men’s Epee gold medalist. Tristan fences for both the HDFC and its Portland-based sister club NW Fencing Centre.

Here are the details from USFencing.org:

Tristan Krueger (Bend, Ore.) entered the Junior Olympics with both an advantage and a disadvantage.

On the plus side, he would be competing in his home state with a huge crowd of supporters from the Northwest Fencing Club.

On the minus, he was fencing at just his second JOs after losing in the table off 256 in 2012.

This time, Krueger got off to a good start quickly with a 5-1 finish in the pools and a 17th seed that gave him a bye into the table of 128 where he defeated Neel Maddineni (Chappaqua, N.Y.), 15-5.

In the table of 64, Krueger won his bout against Ryan Carroll (Atlanta, Ga.), 15-6, and went on to defeat Oliver Shindler (Chicago, Ill.), 15-9.

Krueger upset top-seeded Joshua Cole (Chappaqua, N.Y.), 15-7, in the table of 16 to advance to his first national tournament quarter-final.

After a 15-12 win against Malcolm Miller (New York City, N.Y.), Krueger edged Darius Zacharakis (Houston, Texas), 15-14, in the semis.

While Krueger had controlled many of his early bouts, he soon found the tables turned when Julien Dieck (Larchmont, N.Y.) took an 8-2 lead in the third period of their gold medal final.

Krueger cut Dieck’s lead to 10-7, but had just a minute left to make up the three-touch deficit and finish the bout.

After two doubles and a 12-9 score, each athlete picked up a single to set the score to 13-10.

Krueger scored two more singles, but knew he was running out of time.

“It was 12-13, I was down and there was 30 seconds left and Coach had been yelling at me to just go for it and it was all muscle memory at that point,” Krueger said.

Krueger scored three of the next four touches to win the bout, 15-14, with three seconds on the clock.

“I’d been very defensive today and I had to just totally switch things around for that last period. Something wonderful in my brain that I didn’t know was there and I saw the time that was left and I fleched and it worked,” Krueger said. “I’ve been working hard with Cody and Simon. And it was just the right day at the right time. It’s weird. It’s crazy. It hasn’t even sunk in. I didn’t come in expecting this and it feels wonderful.”

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