MONTREAL, CANADA -- The second major wheelchair fencing event of 2014 took place in Montreal, Canada this weekend, and University of Pennsylvania sophomore fencer David Xu was among the participants. Xu competed in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation’s Wheelchair Fencing Grand Prix at the Claude-Robillard Sport Complex and finished in 6th place in epee and in 10th place in foil. Participating in the Male Category A for both epee and foil, Xu was the highest-placing athlete from the USA in both epee and foil.
About a month ago, Xu competed at the USFA National Wheelchair Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center. He competed in all three weapons, taking the title of champion in both epee and foil and finished tied for third in sabre. In the final foil round, Xu defeated four-time Paralympian Gerard Moreno, 15-6.
Xu, who fences with a prosthetic leg for Penn, fenced epee this season and won five of his 10 bouts in which he competed. His wins include victories over opponents from UNC, Drew, Haverford, NJIT, and Lafayette.
Last year, Xu competed in the wheelchair division of the 2012 North American Cup, winning silver medals in foil and sabre and a bronze in epee.