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Eli Dershwitz Finishes Ninth in Hungary

12/05/2017, 6:15pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

Eli Dershwitz in Gyor. Photo Credit: Triiletti / Bizzi

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – After winning his first senior World Cup gold medal last month, Rio Olympian Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) earned a top-16 result at the Gyor Men’s Saber World Cup on Saturday.

Ranked No. 10 in the world, Dershwitz earned a bye into the table of 64, where he scored the final four touches to defeat Baptiste Dubarry (FRA), 15-9.

In the 32, Dershwitz dominated his bout against 2016 Junior World silver medalist Anatoliy Kostenko (RUS). Although Dershwitz gave up the first point, the Harvard junior rebounded for 11 consecutive touches and a 15-4 victory.

Dershwitz took an early 11-5 lead in his table of 16 bout against Vincent Anstett (FRA), but fell short to the 2017 World bronze medalist, 15-14. Anstett would go on to win bronze in the event while Dershwitz finished ninth in the event for the second consecutive year.

Two-time Olympian Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.) also was exempt from Friday’s preliminary competition due to his top-16 ranking. However, in the 64, Homer was upset by Fabian Ballorca (FRA), 15-10.

Evan Prochniak (Boston, Mass.) and Geoffrey Loss (New York, N.Y.) also claimed top-64 results.

Prochniak, a 2010 Junior World team medalist, won his first two direct elimination bouts by 15-13 scores to advance to the second day of competition, edging out Kento Yoshida (JPN) and 2015 Junior World team medalist Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y.)

Fencing the No. 6 fencer in the world on Saturday, Prochniak suffered a 15-3 defeat to the eventual gold medalist, Sanguk Oh (KOR).

A member of the 2017 Senior World Team, Loss easily overcame Sebastian Cuellar (COL), 15-5, in the preliminary table of 128 before besting 2017 Junior World team bronze medalist Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.) by a score of 15-12 to reach day two.

In the table of 64, Loss drew two-time Olympic Champion Aron Szilagyi (HUN) and dropped the bout, 15-10.

In the newly released USA Fencing National Team Point Standings, Dershwitz and Homer rank first and second, respectively. Two-time Senior World Team member Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md.) is currently third, followed by Prochniak and 2014 Senior World Team member Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)

Dershwitz, Homer, Loss and Mackiewcz fenced in the team event on Sunday, finishing in eighth place.

With a bye into the table of 16, Team USA won or tied eight of the nine bouts, including the final six, to defeat Japan, 45-28.

In the quarter-finals, Team USA faced an 8-3 deficit following the first two bouts, but Dershwitz responded with an 11-5 victory over Dmitriy Danilenko to bring the U.S. within a point at 15-14. Homer also took advantage against Danilenko in the fifth, winning the bout, 8-2, to give the Americans a 25-22 lead.

However, Kostenko subbed in for Danilenko in the seventh and regained control for Russia, taking the bout, 8-3, and the momentum to hand Team USA a 45-40 loss.

In the 5th-8th place table, Team USA found itself in a hole early against France, going down 15-9 after the first three bouts. Dershwitz and Homer once again led the comeback as Dershwitz cut the lead to two in the fourth and Homer won the sixth bout, 8-4, to secure a one-point advantage.

However, the lead would be short-lived as France dominated the next two bouts and held off the U.S., 45-37.

Fencing for seventh, the Americans dropped their final match of the day to Iran, 45-35. Iran won six of the first seven bouts and although Team USA recovered to take the final two, the effort wouldn’t be enough and the team finished eighth.

Click here to view complete results.

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

Gyor Men’s Individual Saber World Cup
1. Sanguk Oh (KOR)
2. Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS)
3. Vincent Anstett (FRA)
3. Bolade Apithy (FRA)
5. Andras Szatmari (HUN)
6. Luca Curatoli (ITA)
7. Max Hartung (GER)
8. Byungyul Hwang (KOR)

9. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
34. Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.)
59. Evan Prochniak (Boston, Mass.)
60. Geoffrey Loss (New York, N.Y.)
68. Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y.)
71. Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.)
91. Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)
102. Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md.)
102. Will Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.)
125. Christopher Walker (Atlanta, Ga.)
127. Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)
134. Julian Merchant (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Gyor Men’s Team Saber World Cup
1. Korea
2. Italy
3. Hungary
4. Russia
5. France
6. Germany
7. Iran
8. USA



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