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Will Spear Wins Silver, Andrew Mackiewicz Takes Bronze at Sunstate Mechanical Junior Saber World Cup

02/05/2012, 12:00pm CST
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(Chandler, Ariz.) – A 2011 Junior World Team member, Will Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.) earned his first Junior World Cup medal on Sunday at the Sunstate Mechanical Junior Saber World Cup.

Spear won the silver medal and Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.) took the bronze on the second day of the tournament – bringing Team USA’s total to five of a possible eight medals in the men’s and women’s events.

After a bye into the table of 32, Spear defeated Bartosz Pukal (Evanston, Ill.), 15-9, to advance to the table of 16. The win would be the first of four straight bouts in which Spear held his opponents to single digit scores.

In his next bout, Spear fenced Alexander Ryjik (Alexandria, Va.) – the top-ranked junior fencer in the nation and the #1 seed in the tournament.

Spear controlled the bout and moved onto the quarter-finals after a 15-9 win.

In the quarter-finals, Spear defeated Pascual Di Tella (ARG), 15-8.

Sixteen-year-old Mackiewicz fenced his Zeta Fencing teammate Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) in the semifinals.

Mackiewicz built a 13-7 lead, but Dershwitz came back to tie the score at 14.

After a video replay was called on the last touch, Mackiewicz was awarded the final score to win the bout, 15-14.

In the evening semifinals, Spear won his bout against Melvin Rodriguez (PUR), 15-7.

Mackiewicz had a rematch with Shaul Gordon (CAN) in the other semifinal. The two fenced in the quarter-finals of the January NAC in Portland where Mackiewicz won the bout. This time, with the score tied at four touches each, Gordon went on a 10-touch run. Although Mackiewicz scored again to bring the score to 14-5, Gordon ended the bout at 15-5.

In the final bout, Gordon had an 8-4 lead at the half, but Spear scored six straight touches to take a 10-8 lead.

“I just wanted to try to stick to my original plan and have a good time,” Spear said. “My coach just told me to relax and calm down and play my game and I think I really accomplished that in the second half, so I’m happy overall.”

Late in the bout, Shaul came back to tie the score at 12 and went on to earn the win, 15-13.

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Sunstate Mechanical Junior Saber World Cup
1. Shaul Gordon (CAN)
2. Will Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.)
3. Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)
3. Melvin Rodriguez (PUR)
5. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
6. Pascual Di Tella (ARG)
7. Pascal Lambert (CAN)
8. Calvin Liang (Phoenix, Ariz.)

9. Alexander Ryjik (Alexandria, Va.)
10. Jason Meng (Dallas, Texas)
11. Alex Palabrica (Los Angeles, Calif.)
12. Vincent Argenzio (Revere, Mass.)
13. Charles Copti (Wyckoff, N.J.)
14. Christopher Monti (Cary, Ill.)
15. Michael Josephs (Chevy Chase, Md.)
16. Jeffrey Dalli (San Carlos, Calif.)
17. Peter Pak (Roslyn, N.Y.)
18. Andrew Herczak (Randolph, N.J.)
18. Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.)
21. Rienzi Gokea (New York City, N.Y.)
22. John Hallsten (Sacramento, Calif.)
23. Christofer Ahn (Houston, Texas)
24. Chris Armijo (San Diego, Calif.)
24. Isaac Buchwald (El Granada, Calif.)
24. Bartosz Pukal (Evanston, Ill.)
28. Daniel Kim (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
29. Edward Chin (Livingston, N.J.)
31. Jonah Shainbert (Rye, N.Y.)
34. Jason Cai (Livingston, N.J.)

35. Jacob Soltysiak (Chicago, Ill.)
36. Travis Tibbitts (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
37. Michael Szczesniak (Linden, N.J.)
40. Duncan O’Brien (Wellesley Hills, Mass.)

42. Nitikorn Dornjandaeng (Houston, Texas)

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