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Eli Dershwitz Wins Reykjavik Saber Satellite Tournament

05/28/2015, 11:15am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Gold medalist Eli Dershwitz.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The Road to Rio took a trip to Iceland over the weekend when 2015 Pan American Champion won a gold medal at the Reykjavik Men’s Saber Satellite Tournament.

Similar to World Cup and Grand Prix events, athletes can earn points at satellite tournaments towards their world ranking.

Dershwitz, who currently sits as No. 1 in the Adjusted Olympic Rankings, dropped a bout in the pool rounds, but still earned a bye into the table of 16 where he defeated 2012 Pan Am Champion Joseph Polossifakis (CAN), 15-13.

After a 15-11 win against Ricardo Alberto Bustamante (ARG), Dershwitz secured a position on the podium.

Dershwitz won his next two bouts against Venezuelan opponents to take gold as he defeated Abraham Rodriguez, 15-12, and Eliecer Romero, 15-9, in the semis and finals.

Thomas Kolasa (Princeton, N.J.) advanced from the pools to the table of 32, but lost to eventual bronze medalist Jesus Carvajal (VEN), 15-9.

In the women’s event on Saturday, Allison Dunlap (Redondo Beach, Calif.) advanced to the table of 32 where she defeated Kolfinna Jonsdottir (ISL), 15-11.

Dunlap finished 16th after a 15-5 loss in the next round to Pan Am Champion Maria Belen Perez Maurice (ARG).

Click here to view complete men’s results.

Click here to view complete women’s results.

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

Reykjavik Men’s Saber Satellite Tournament
1. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)

2. Eliecer Romero (VEN)
3. Abraham Rodriguez (VEN)
3. Jesus Carvajal (VEN)
5. Alexander Weber (ARG)
6. Ricardo Alberto Bustamante (ARG)
7. Ilya Mokretcov (KAZ)
8. Teddy Weller (ISV)

19. Thomas Kolasa (Princeton, N.J.)

Reykjavik Women’s Saber Satellite Tournament
1. Gabriella Page (CAN)
2. Maria Belen Perez Maurice (ARG)
3. Eileen Grench (PAN)
3. Fatma Zehra Kose (TUR)
5. Gudrun Johannsdottir (ISL)
6. Bhavani Devi Chadalavadaanandha Sundhararaman (IND)
7. Giulia Gasparin (BRA)
8. Sin Ying Au (HKG)

16. Allison Dunlap (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
18. Bianca Dietiker (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)

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