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Eli Dershwitz and Dagmara Wozniak Take Top-Eight Results in Cancun

12/21/2017, 11:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The first saber Grand Prix of the season brought success for Team USA in the form of a pair of top-eight finishes from 2016 Olympians Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) and Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.)

Dershwitz placed seventh in the men’s event on Sunday, finishing the day with a 3-1 record.

Exempt from pools, Dershwitz drew Remi Senegas (FRA) in the table of 64 and jumped out to an 8-2 lead at the break. Dershwitz held off a second period by Senegas to take the bout, 15-12.

In the table of 32, Dershwitz fenced four-time Olympic medalist Aldo Montano (ITA) for the first time in an individual event. Montano led the bout, 4-3, early in the first period, but Dershwitz reeled off five straight to hold an 8-4 lead at the break. Another five-touch run put Dershwitz up, 14-6. Montano scored just once more before Dershwitz ended the bout, 15-7.

Dershwitz faced 2017 Senior World bronze medalist Vincent Anstett (FRA) in the 16 for the second tournament in a row. After falling to Anstett, 15-14, earlier this month, Dershwitz built a strong lead at 7-1 and ended the first period at 8-5. Dershwitz outscored Anstett, 7-4, in the second for a 15-9 victory.

Fencing in the top eight for the second time in the last three tournaments, Dershwitz met World No. 1 Bongil Gu (KOR) for the first time in an individual event since Dershwitz defeated the 2012 Olympic Team Champion at the Seoul Grand Prix in 2016. Dershwitz ended the first period with an 8-6 lead and was up, 11-8, when Gu mounted a comeback, tying the bout at 11 and going on to close at 15-11.

Ranked No. 1 in the USA Fencing National Team Point Standings, Dershwitz’s top-eight finish allowed him to move up to No. 8 in the World Rankings.

Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.), a 2013 Senior World Team member, placed in the top 32 in Cancun.

After a 6-0 pool finish on Saturday, Mackiewicz advanced directly to the table of 64 where he took an 8-6 lead over Luigi Miracco (ITA) and claimed the win, 15-12, in the second period.

In the 32, Mackiewicz struggled against Richard Huebers (GER) who came out with an 8-0 lead. The American recovered in the second period, but Huebers still took the bout, 15-6.

On Saturday, Wozniak broke away from a tie at eight against 2017 Junior World medalist Liza Pusztai (HUN), in the table of 64, outscoring Pusztai, 7-4, to earn a 15-12 win.

In the table of 32, Wozniak took another 15-12 win, defeating 2017 Senior World Team Champion Loreta Gulotta (ITA) with a 5-1 run to close out the second period.

Wozniak had another strong finish in the table of 16, outscoring Milagros Pastran (VEN), 4-1, to end the bout, 15-11.

Wozniak drew 2016 Olympic Champion Yana Egorian (RUS) to earn a position in the quarter-finals. The two-time Olympic gold medalist took an 8-4 lead at the break and went on to take the bout, 15-8.

Her eighth-place finish allows Wozniak to move up to No. 18 in the world rankings with her second top-individual eight result of the year.

Thirteen members of Team USA finished in the top 64 across the men’s and women’s events.

On Saturday, seven of Wozniak’s teammates competed in the table of 64.

Tori Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.), a 2017 Cadet World team member, went 5-1 in the pool rounds on Friday to advance directly to the table of 64 where she led the bout, 14-13, before Iona Ilieva (BUL) scored two to take the win, 15-14.

Veronica Czyzewksi (Caldwell, N.J.), the reigning Junior Olympic Champion, earned her first top-64 result on the senior circuit in Cancun. After finishing 4-1 in pools and advancing directly to the second day, Czyzewski trailed 2017 Junior World medalist Olga Nikitina (RUS), 8-5, after the end of the first period. Czyzewski scored three straight to tie the bout, but Nikitina outscored the American, 7-3, to win the bout, 15-11.

The 2016 Division National Champion, Kamali Thompson (Teaneck, N.J.), went 4-2 in pools and defeated teammate Alexis Anglade (Alpharetta, Ga.), 15-12, to advance to the second day for the third straight international tournament. In the table of 64, 2017 World University Games medalist Chiara Mormile (ITA) took a 5-0 lead and Thompson spent much of the bout trying to close the gap, ultimately tying the Italian at 12 in the second period. Mormile took three of the next four touches to win the bout, 15-13.

Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J.), who won bronze in team with Wozniak at the Rio Games, also finished 4-2 in pools. Aksamit took a 15-12 win over 2017 Junior World Champion Natalia Botello (MEX) in the preliminary table of 64 to qualify for the second day. On Saturday, Aksamit held an 8-7 lead over Rajin Lee (KOR) in the 64 before the four-time Asian Championships medalist went on an 8-2 run in the second to take a 15-10 win.

A 2017 Junior World Team member, Chloe Fox-Gitomer (Portland, Ore.) posted a 4-2 pool record and edged 2017 Cadet World medalist Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Livingston, N.J.), 15-14, in the preliminary tables. In the 64, Fox-Gitomer held two-time Junior World Champion Caroline Queroli (FRA) within a touch after the first period, but dropped the bout, 15-10, in the second.

Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill.), a member of the team that won Senior Worlds in 2014, found herself in the 64th seed after a 3-2 pool result and a 15-10 win over Soyeon Yun (KOR) to make the second day. World No. 1 Anna Marton (HUN) led their table of 64 bout, 8-5, after the first period before Stone came back to tie the bout at 12 with a 7-4 run in the second. Marton regrouped and scored three straight, however, to end the bout, 15-12.

Exempt from pools, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) opened the men’s 64 on Sunday with a 7-3 lead against Huebers, but the German came back to tie the bout at eight in the second and steal a 15-10 victory.

Two-time Junior World Team member Ben Natanzon (Manalapan, N.J.) advanced directly to the 64 after a 4-1 finish in pools on Saturday. Natanzon put up five touches in the first period against Kostiantyn Voronov (ISR) who went on to end the bout with a 15-8 win.

Metryka, a 2017 Junior World bronze medalist, finished 4-2 in pools and edged 2017 European Junior bronze medalist, 15-14, to make the second day. In the table of 64, Montano controlled the bout early with an 8-0 lead. Metryka got on the board in the second period before falling to the Italian, 15-5.

London Olympian Jeff Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.) returned to competition this season for the first time since helping Team USA to a fourth place finish at the Senior Worlds in July. After a 3-2 pool finish, Spear defeated George Iancu (ROU), 15-12, in the preliminary tables. In the 64, Spear kept the first period within two touches of 2012 Olympic team bronze medalist Luigi Samele (ITA) who led the bout at 8-6 before pulling away to a 15-8 victory in the second period.

Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga.), a 2016 Junior World Team member, went 3-3 in pools and advanced to the 64 with a 15-14 win over 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist Vladislav Pozdnyakov (RUS). Williams was overcome by Sanguk Oh (KOR) in the 64 when the Korean dominated the first period, 8-1, and ended the bout, 15-4, before going on to win his second straight gold medal on the circuit this season after taking gold in Gyor two weeks ago.

Geoff Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.), a 2017 Senior World Team member, struggled in pools, ending the round at 2-3, but he posted a dominant win against Shi Wang (CHN) at 15-5 to advance to the second day. Loss came drew second-seeded Gu who controlled the bout and took a 15-3 victory before going on to win bronze.

Cancun Men’s Saber Grand Prix
1. Sanguk Oh (KOR)
2. Aron Szilagyi (HUN)
3. Bongil Gu (KOR)
3. Andras Szatmari (HUN)
5. Luca Curatoli (ITA)
6. Junghwan Kim (KOR)
7. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
8. Bolade Apithy (FRA)

23. Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)
33. Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.)
37. Ben Natanzon (Manalapan, N.J.)
44. Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.)
54. Jeff Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.)
60. Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)
63. Geoff Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
68. Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md.)
84. Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y.)
97. Evan Prochniak (Hudson, N.H.)
106. Will Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.)

Cancun Women’s Saber Grand Prix
1. Olga Kharlan (UKR)
2. Arianna Errigo (ITA)
3. Cecilia Berder (FRA)
3. Yana Egorian (RUS)
5. Anna Marton (HUN)
6. Rossella Gregorio (ITA)
7. Jiyeon Kim (KOR)
8. Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.)

36. Tori Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.)
38. Veronica Czyzewski (Caldwell, N.J.)
45. Kamali Thompson (Teaneck, N.J.)
47. Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J.)
49. Chloe Fox-Gitomer (Portland, Ore.)
64. Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill.)
83. Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Livingston, N.J.)
87. Alexis Anglade (Alpharetta, Ga.)
94. Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.)
100. Ryan Jenkins (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

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