PARIS, France – The Round of 64 is set for the Challenge International de Paris, the first big international fencing competition of the 2014 season for men’s foil.
Stanford sophomore Alexander Massialas was able to bypass the preliminary rounds as he entered the tournament ranked among the top 10 in the world at No. 9.
Last year at the event, Massialas was the top individual finisher for the U.S. as he ended up 11th overall. He will be looking to improve on that performance Saturday when he takes on Germany’s Moritz Kroeplin, the No. 56 seed in the final 64.
Kroeplin advanced from the preliminary rounds after winning four of his six bouts in pool play, then defeating No.78 Dimitri Patrik Clairet Roa of Columbia before upsetting No. 14 Jordan Moine of France, 15-10.
The large event is taking place at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris. The individual competition will wrap up on Saturday while the U.S. will look to defend its gold medal in the team portion on Sunday.