Led by two-time individual epee titlist Rob Stull and spurred on by the disqualification of another team member, Team U.S. Modern Pentathlon (USMP) of San Antonio, Texas, won the men's team epee championship Sunday at the 1990 U.S. Fencing Association National Championships.
The team epee finals served as the concluding top-level event at the nine- day national tournament, which was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center.USMP defeated Salle Santelli, a New Jersey team, by a 7-7 score, with the touch-margin being 67-to-64 in USMP's favor.
Trailing 5-1, USMP outscored Salle Santelli 6-2 to move back into title contention. Stull, who claimed the 1990 Division I men's epee title Saturday night, won the decisive bout when time expired as he led, 4-3.
Afterward, two-time Olympian Stull said the U.S. Modern Pentathlon team was motivated by the disqualification of teammate Risto Hurme, who was ejected before the finals for a pushing violation.
The 1990 team epee championship is the eighth won by USMP - but its first since 1983.
New York Athletic Club, which placed five fencers among the eight finalists in Saturday's Division I men's individual epee, finished third. The Halberstadt Fencers Club of San Francisco and Salle Safen of Los Angeles rounded out the top five teams, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.