U.S. Team earns silver at World Combat Games

Oct. 23, 2013, 1:28 p.m. (ET)

Finals: T.J. Curry, James Howe, Steven Lin, Nir Moriah and Phillip Yun took silver for the U.S. Team at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, after falling to Iran, 17-12, in the Gold Medal Round. The Americans wrapped up the two-day competition with a 3-2-0 record.

Iran provided the U.S. Team with its only losses of the tournament after handing the U.S. a 26-5 loss on Oct. 23 and the 17-12 decision, which sealed gold for the Iranians. Curry, How, Lin, Moriah and Yun put together wins against Korea, Venezuela and host-country Russia en route to a Gold Medal Round berth.

The Americans scored 74 points in their five matches, while opponents registered 92 points against them.
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Semifinal: U.S. Team members T.J. Curry, James Howe, Steven Lin, Nir Moriah and Phillip Yun took another step closer to gold after defeating host country Russia, 18-16, in the semifinal at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg.

The Americans will face Iran in the Gold Medal Round today at 8:30 p.m. local time/12:30 p.m. EDT.

Spain, who lost to Iran, 6-5, in the semifinal, will take on Russia at 7:30 p.m. local time/11:30 a.m. EDT for bronze.

For live results, schedules and standings, please visit www.worldcombatgames.com.
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Day 2 Update: The U.S. Team knocked off Venezuela, 15-13, in the final Round Robin matchup of the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, which improved the Americans' record to 2-1-0 and earned a berth in the semifinals against Russia.

Final Group B standings:
Iran, 3-0-0, 9 points
United States, 2-1-0, 6 points
Korea, 1-2-0, 3 points
Venezuela, 0-3-0, 0 points

Final Group A standings:
Russia, 2-0-1, 7 points
Spain, 1-0-2, 5 points
Uzbekistan, 1-1-1, 4 points
Dominican Republic, 0-3-0, 0 points
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The U.S. Team— made up of Senior athletes T.J. Curry, James Howe, Steven Lin, Nir Moriah and Phillip Yun— split its first two matches Oct. 23 at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, after falling to Iran, 26-5, and defeating Korea, 24-20. The Americans, who are tied for second with Korea in Group B, take on Venezuela Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. local time/7 a.m. EDT in the final Round Robin matchup. The semifinals and finals will also be held Oct. 24.

The tag-team competition involves eight teams broken into two pools of four. Each pool competes in a Round Robin format, with the top two in each pool competing in the semifinal. The match format consists of two five-minute rounds. A match win earns three points, a draw is one and a loss is zero, which is calculated to determine who advances to the semifinals.

Day 1 Group B standings:
Iran, 2-0-0, 6 points
United States, 1-1-0, 3 points
Korea, 1-1-0, 3 points
Venezuela, 0-2-0, 0 points

Day 1 Group A standings:
Russia, 2-0-0, 6 points
Spain, 1-0-1, 4 points
Uzbekistan, 0-1-1, 1 point
Dominican Republic, 0-2-0, 0 points

Oct. 24 Matchups
Pool A: Uzbekistan vs. Dominican Republic; Russia vs. Spain
Pool B: United States vs. Venezuela; Korea vs. Iran

The U.S. team is without Steven Lopez, who dropped out of the competition earlier in the week. The five U.S. athletes—Curry, Howe, Lin, Moriah and Yun— weighed in on Oct. 22 at 357.85 kg, 2.15 kg less than the maximum 360 for a five-man team.

For live results, schedules and standings, please visit www.worldcombatgames.com.

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