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Eli Dershwitz Wins Gold, Team USA Claims Six Medals at Arizona Saber World Cup

02/05/2014, 9:00am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Junior women's saber podium. Photo credit: Joe Pipkin

Junior men's saber podium. Photo credit: Zoran Tulum

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Two-time Junior World bronze medalist Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) successfully defended his title at the Arizona Saber World Cup in Chandler, Ariz. on Sunday.

Dershwitz, the No. 2 junior men’s saber fencer in the world, was one of six U.S. athletes to win medals this weekend as the American men won gold, silver and bronze in the men’s event on Sunday and the women won silver and both bronzes on Saturday.

Seeded second out of the pools, Dershwitz earned a bye into the table of 32. After two wins by 15-9 scores against Jose Gonzalez Dalmasy (PUR) and Jonathan Fitzgerald (East Brunswick, N.J.), Dershwitz advanced to the quarter-finals as one of seven Americans in the field.

In the quarters, Dershwitz defeated cadet fencer Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.), 15-9., and held on for a 15-13 win against Benno Schneider (GER) in the semifinals.

The top half of the table of eight included four members of the 2013 Junior and Cadet World Team who are all vying to qualify for the 2014 squad.

Geoffrey Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.), a Columbia sophomore and 2013 Junior World Team member, defeated 2013 Cadet World Team member Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y.), 15-14.

In the other quarter-final, 2013 Junior World Team member and Penn State sophomore Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.) defeated 2013 Cadet World Team member Calvin Liang (Chandler, Ariz.), 15-11.

Loss defeated Streets, 15-11, to advance to his first Junior World Cup final since winning gold at the Kiev Junior World Cup in 2012.

Dershwitz defeated his Loss, 15-8, to win his second Junior World Cup title of the season.

In the women’s competition, Malia Hee (Vancouver, Wash.) advanced to the gold medal final of her first Junior World Cup as part of a three-medal American finish.

Hee finished the pools with an undefeated (5-0) result and was seeded second in the direct elimination tables – the top seed for an American in the DEs.

Hee earned a bye into the table of 32 and won her first two bouts by 15-11 scores against Ilana Kamber (Short Hills, N.J.) and Brianna Steele (Mesa, Ariz.).

After a 15-10 win over Alexandra Gevaert (BEL) in the quarter-finals, Hee defeated 2013 Cadet World Team member Anastasia Ivanoff (Los Angeles, Calif.) , 15-10.

In the gold medal final, Hee fenced 2013 Junior World medalist Paola Pliego (MEX) who defeated Violet Michel (Cambridge, Mass.), 15-6, in the other semi.

Pliego won the bout, 15-8, to take gold.

Click here to view complete results.

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

Arizona Women’s Saber Junior World Cup
1. Paola Pliego (MEX)
2. Malia Hee (Vancouver, Wash.)
3. Anastasia Ivanoff (Los Angeles, Calif.)
3. Violet Michel (Cambridge, Mass.)
5. Mary Barnett (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
6. Tara Hassett (Beaverton, Ore.)
7. Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.)

8. Alexandra Gevaert (BEL)

9. Jessica Whang (Westfield, N.J.)
10. Regina O’Brien (Wellesley Hills, Mass.)
11. Madeline Curzon (Wilsonville, Ore.)
12. Brianna Steele (Mesa, Ariz.)
13. Christina Boitano (Hilsboro, Ore.)
15. Gabrielle Tartakovsky (Livingston, N.J.)
16. Francesca Fedorovsky (San Clemente, Calif.)
17. Sophie Keehan (Chandler, Ariz.)
18. Sarah Merza (Wayne, N.J.)
19. Emma Keehan (Chandler, Ariz.)
20. Kara Linder (Chandler, Ariz.)
21. Miranda Gieg (Sudbury, Mass.)
24. Rose Adams (Sacramento, Calif.)
25. Rachel Aho (Wellesley, Mass.)
26. Gabrielle Zegers (Granite Bay, Calif.)
29. Ilana Kamber (Short Hills, N.J.)
30. Victoria Zhang (Carmichael, Calif.)
32. Lillian Chu (Saratoga, Calif.)
33. Zhesi Zhuang (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
35. Claudia Kulmacz (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
41. Lauren Kim (Plano, Texas)
47. Olivia Herpfer (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Arizona Men’s Saber Junior World Cup
1. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
2. Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.)

3. Benno Schneider (GER)
3. Geoffrey Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
5. Calvin Liang (Chandler, Ariz.)
6. Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y.)
7. Ameen Borojerdi (Plantation, Fla.)
8. Karol Metrya (Linden. N.J.)

10. Thomas Slawinski (Middletown, N.J.)
12. Gavin Turner (Rehoboth, Mass.)
13. Edward Chin (Livingston, N.J.)
14. Jonathan Fitzgerald (East Brunswick, N.J.)
15. Benjamin Marcus (Overland Parks, Kans.)
18. Mikolaj Bak (Linden, N.J.)
21. Gabriel Armijo (San Diego, Calif.)
23. Julian Merchant (New Rochelle, N.J.)
25. Bartosz Pukal (Natick, Mass.)
30. Marcel Dolegiewicz (Park Ridge, Ill.)
32. Duncan Decaire (Sacramento, Calif.)
33. Walter Musgrave (Escondido, Calif.)
35. Alex Walker (Atlanta, Ga.)
36. Royce Wang (San Jose, Calif.)
37. Ian Jones (Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
38. Alex Palabrica (Los Angeles, Calif.)
39. Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)
43. Samuel Kwong (Los Altos Hills, Calif.)
45. Vincent Argenzio (Rivere, Mass.)
46. Andrew Doddo (South Orange, N.J.)
50. Marc Mendoza (Escondido, Calif.)
54. Naveen Borojerdi (Plantation, Fla.)

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