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Dershwitz and Mackiewicz Go 1-2 at Sosnowiec Saber Junior World Cup

11/18/2013, 7:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Team USA was the only nation to place four athletes in the top eight. (L-R): Silver medalist Andrew Mackiewicz, gold medalist Eli Dershwitz and quarter-finalists John Hallsten and Eddie Chin. Photo Credit: Zoran Tulum

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) and Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood Mass.) have travelled the world together, first as teammates at Zeta Fencing and later as members of the Junior World Championship Team for the past two years.

The high school seniors juggle being good friends and fierce opponents, often fencing each other for a chance at national and international medals, and both have had success on the world stage as Dershwitz won bronze at the 2013 Junior World Championships and silver in 2012 and Mackiewicz took silver at the 2012 Cadet Worlds.  

On Sunday, the two fenced each other in an international final for the first time as they battled for gold at the Sosnowiec Saber Junior World Cup in Poland.

Both fencers earned byes into the table of 64 and would need four straight wins to advance to the finals.

Dershwitz held his first two opponents to single digit scores as he defeated Damian Dzwoniarski (POL), 15-8, and Eduard Gert (GER), 15-6.

Mackiewicz drew his 2013 Junior World teammate, Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.), in the table of 64 and won the bout, 15-11. In the next two rounds, Mackiewicz defeated Hungarians Balint Kossuth and Viktor Habony each by 15-12 scores.

Dershwitz joined his teammate in the quarter-final rounds after a 15-11 victory over 2013 Senior World Team member Iulian Teodosiu (ROU).

Team USA because the only nation to have four athletes in the top eight as 2013 Cadet World Team member Edward Chin (Livingston, N.J.) and 2012 Junior World Team member John Hallsten (Sacramento, Calif.) both advanced to the quarters as well.

Chin, who medaled twice on the cadet circuit last year, fenced Dershwitz in his first international quarter-final as a junior. Dershwitz won the bout, 15-12, to move on to the semifinals.

Hallsten, the reigning Junior Olympic Champion, also was making his debut in the quarters of a Junior World Cup, but lost his bout to Frederik Koch (GER), 15-10.

Mackiewicz secured his first Junior World Cup medal with a 15-9 win in the quarters against Rouven Redwanz (GER).

In the semifinals, Mackiewicz defeated Oleksiy Statsenko (UKR), 15-11, and Dershwitz won his bout over Mate Bancsics (HUN), 15-10.

Dershwitz went on to win his second Junior World Cup title of the year when he defeated Mackiewicz, 15-12, in the gold medal final.

Following their 1-2 finish, Dershwitz remains the No. 2-ranked junior men's saber fencer in the world and Mackiewicz cracks the top-10 with a No. 9 ranking. 

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

Sosnowiec Men’s Saber Junior World Cup
1. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
2. Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)

3. Mate Bancsics (HUN)
3. Oleksiy Statsenko (UKR)
5. Benno Schneider (GER)
6. Rouven Redwanz (GER)
7. Edward Chin (Livingston, N.J.)
8. John Hallsten (Sacramento, Calif.)

23. Geoffrey Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
27. Gabriel Armijo (San Diego, Calif.)
29. Christofer Ahn (Houston, Texas)
42. Peter Pak (Roslyn, N.Y.)
48. Kaito Streets (Redwood, Calif.)
50. Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y.)
52. Michael Costin (Culver City, Calif.)
104. Jeffrey Dalli (San Carlos, Calif.)

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