Wingerworth junior Cooper wins national fencing title

Wingerworth and Derbyshire Epee Academy fencer Matthew Cooper is celebrating becoming national champion.

Tuesday, 25th July 2017, 4:22 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:59 pm

The junior competitor became British U20 Men’s Epee Champion at the championships held at University of Nottingham.

Cooper was 12th at the junior European Championships and secured a bronze medal at the British U23 Championships.

The GB junior No.1 - and 83 in the world rankings - won all six poule fights in Nottingham, giving him a seeding of number three in the competition.

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He made it through the two knock-out rounds before a tight final saw Cooper beat 2016 champion Matt Dickinson 15-14 to win the championship.

Cooper’s next competition will be a senior world cup in Bahrain.