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December 10, 2013

Team USA Goes Wilde at Indoor World Cup Singapore

SINGAPORE - In a rematch of last year's Indoor World Cup stage in Singapore, US brothers Reo (Pocatello, Idaho) and Logan Wilde faced off for compound men's gold.  With the last two titles from 2011 and 2012 under his belt, older brother Reo had an intimidating stance heading into the final. The two put on a performance keeping everyone on the edges of their seats.  Back and forth between each of the first four sets, Reo got the final punch, taking the fifth set and the win for his third consecutive year.

Logan's climb to silver was not an easy one; seeded 8th, Logan battled through the 1/8th in a tight match, which ended in a shoot-off with 10s from both archers. Logan's was closer to the center, sending him to face No.1 seed, the Netherland's Mike Schloesser. Another close match, at 6-4, Logan continued his triumphant streak to shoot against Tjentland Oddmund from Norway.

Logan's excitingly close matches continued in the semifinals, back and forth to another one-arrow shootoff. Logan put out another strong ten for the win to face big brother Reo.

Meanwhile, Oddmund took on USA's Steve Anderson for the bronze. No.2 seed Anderson posted high scores to eliminate opponents throughout the head to head matches until conceding a 6-4 loss to Reo. However, Anderson kept the podium all stars and stripes, destroying Oddmund in the bronze final and clinching the third place finish.

US archers dominated the compound women's brackets as well. Erika Jones competed against very familiar opponent, Albina Longinova of Russia for the gold. Jones was confident and determined, and closed out the match in three straight sets, leaving no hope for Longinova.

Christie Colin, after falling to Jones in the semifinals, found her rhythm in the bronze final against No. 1 seed Linda Ochoa of Mexico. Only allowing one tied set, Colin also left little room for Ochoa to take a lead as she claimed the match and the medal.

Brenda Wilde also competed for the US compound women, qualifying 8th to shoot against Brenda Merino of Mexico. The two Brendas battled it out, but a 6-4 final score ended Wilde's run. Jay Hayden also competed for the US compound men and qualified 11th.

Olympic teammates Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski represented the US in the recurve men's division. No.1 seed, Ellison had no trouble shooting through to the quarterfinals, but India's Tarundeep Rai was on a roll and shocked the world with his performance. Only managing two set points, the eventual silver medalist stopped Ellison short.

For the second year in a row, France's Jean-Charles Valladont claimed the gold, his final victory over dark horse, Rai. Kaminski also was knocked out by Valladont in a very close quarterfinal, from which he said he "learned some things to help roll into the rest of the indoor season. Today renewed my confidence in where I'm headed. Just need more time behind the bow."

With one month until the next stage of the Indoor World Cup in Telford, all the US archers will get that extra time behind the bow. Ten archers from America are already poised for seats in the final, and the compound shooters remain untouchable as the indoor season heats up. For complete results from Singapore, visit and check out USA Archery on Facebook and Twitter for photos from the competition.

Some information attributed to World Archery Communication.

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