Posted by: webedit on Nov 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

16 year old Kerr Hutchinson is now one step closer to his goal of fencing at the world championships, after posting the top canadian results at his first international competition of the season in Milwaukee this weekend. Hutchinson began the competition fencing in the junior (under-20) men’s epee event at the North American Cup on Friday where he finished the first round of five-hit bouts with five wins and only one loss. He then fought his way through four rounds of 15 hit direct elimination bouts to finish a very impressive 17th out of 205 competitors, the only Canadian fencer in his age group to advance to the top-32 of the junior event. Hutchinson then followed up this performance with an even better result on Sunday in his own age group in cadet (under-17) men’s epee. Winning all six of his first round bouts, he was ranked 5th heading into the direct elimination rounds. He then fought through nine rounds of direct elimination bouts to finish with a well-deserved bronze medal out of 167 competitors after losing 15-11 to gold medalist Marc-Antoine Blais-Belanger from Montreal in the semi-finals. With these two results, Hutchinson is now ranked number one in Canada in cadet men’s epee and is the only Canadian to have achieved the selection criteria for the 2011 Cadet/junior World Championships, which will take place in Mer Morte Jordan next April. There is only one more Canadian competition in Richmond BC in January and one more North American Cup in Dallas remaining, after which the national teams for world championships will be named.
Also competing this weekend were Cutting Edge teammates Natasha Grodzinski & Becca Howes.  Grodzinski was the second highest ranked Canadian in cadet women’s sabre, placing a very respectable 39th, while Howes had the third best Canadian result in the junior women’s sabre event, finishing 45th.

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