Miles Chamley-Watson of the United States, left, and Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt compete in a men's team foil event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

American Miles Chamley-Watson is typically recognized more for his bleached blond hair and tattoos than his fencing.

After an early exit in the individual competition on Sunday, the self-described "Modern Day Zorro" lived up to his nickname.

Chamley-Watson entered Friday's men's team foil tournament as by far the lowest ranked of the three Americans. But without his help, the U.S. wouldn't have had anything close to a shot at a medal.

Chamley-Watson outscored all six of his opponents, leading the U.S past Egypt before it fell to Russia 45-41 in the semifinals. The match with the Russians might have been a blowout had Chamley-Watson not scored on seven straight touches to tie what had been a lopsided bout. 

Chamley-Watson and the Americans will face Italy later Friday in search of its first Olympic medal in men's foil since 1932.