Fencer Jake Hoyle is on a roll.
After winning his first Grand Prix medal in January, the 2016 Columbia grad and two-time NCAA epee champion took the bronze for his first world cup medal in Vancouver on Saturday.
Hoyle lost an incredibly close bout in the semifinal against Italy’s Enrico Garozzo. Although Hoyle jumped out to the lead and held an 8-6 advantage at one point, the two spent most of the second half tied. Hoyle earned a big point to go up 13-12, but Garozzo fought back and broke the 14-14 tie with the winning point to move on to the final while Hoyle took bronze.
Hoyle was the 11th seed and moved steadily through the tournament, beginning with a 15-11 win over South Korea’s Seunghyun Lee in the round of 64. Next up was Israel’s Grigor Beskin and Hoyle cruised into the next round with a 15-8 victory.
The table of 16 matchup saw Hoyle take on No. 6 Max Heinzer of Switzerland, ranked eighth in the world, and again it was Hoyle who came out on top and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 15-11 win. With Curtis McDowald losing in the round of 16, that left Hoyle as the last American in the field.
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He took on France’s Romain Cannone in the quarterfinal and won a close match 15-13.
Hoyle came into the weekend ranked 15th in the world. His previous best finish in a world cup event was seventh in Heidenheim, Germany, on Jan. 10. He won the bronze medal at the Grand Prix stop in Qatar on Jan. 25.