(L-R): Mary Wilkerson, Angela Diegel, Dede Deane, Chris Balestracci, Karen Brynildsen, Michael Vitoux, Rachel S.S. Saleh, Esperanza Alzona and Jamie Douraghy. Photo Credit: Brandon Dyett.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The third day of the Pan American Youth and Veteran Championships saw U.S. athletes bring in a haul of 12 total medals on Friday with the U.S. women earning all four medals in both Veteran 2 (60-69) women’s épée and Veteran 1 (50-59) women’s saber.
Sixty-three-year-old Gladys Berardi (Long Valley, N.J.) won her second title of the tournament, earning gold in the Veteran 2 women’s épée competition after earning the Vet 2 women’s foil gold on Wednesday.
Seeded second out of pools at 2-1, Berardi defeated 61-year-old Esperanza Alzona (Frederick, Md.), a two-time medalist in the foil events this week, by a score of 10-8 in the semifinals. She went on to win her final bout over 69-year-old Karen Brynildsen (Denville, N.J.), 10-5, to take gold. S.S. Rachel El Saleh (Houston, Texas) earned her second bronze medal of the week after the 64 year old lost her semifinal bout to Brynildsen, 10-9.
In the Veteran 2 women’s saber competition, 51-year-old Mary Wilkerson (Denver, Colo.) successfully defended her 2017 title. After a 4-0 finish in pools, the 2016 Veteran World Team member defeated Berardi, 10-2, in the semis and shut out 68-year-old Dede Deane (Richmond, Va.) at 10-0, in the finals. Fifty-five-year-old Angela Diegel (New York City, N.Y.) took home bronze after a 10-5 loss to Deane in the semis. Saleh lost to Berardi, 10-6, in the quarter-finals and finished fifth.
Six-time Veteran World Team member Jamie Douraghy (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Chris Balestracci (Guilford, Conn.) won silver and bronze in the Veteran 1 men’s foil event.
Fifty-nine-year-old Douraghy gave up just six touches in four pool bouts to take the No. 1 seed out of pools and won his quarter-final bout against Willian Alfonso (COL), 10-5, to guarantee a medal. Douraghy won his next bout against Ernesto Ramirez (ESA), 10-3, but missed the gold medal after a 10-9 loss to Carlos Covani (ARG).
Balestracci also went undefeated in pools, taking the second seed at 3-0. The 55 year old took a 10-5 quarter-final win over 59-year-old Ray Blair (Naples, Fla.) who previously earned silver and bronze medals in the Veteran 1 and Pre-Veteran men’s saber events on Wednesday and Thursday.
Tom Mahnken (Springfield, Va.) and David Hueske (Charleston, S.C.) also earned top-eight results.
Mahnken, a 53 year old who won bronze in the Pre-Veteran (40-49) competition on Wednesday, lost to Ramirez, 10-7, in the quarter-finals. Fifty-one-year-old Hueske lost to Covani, 10-4, in the quarters.
Seventy-two-year-old Michael Vitoux (Champaign, Ill.) won his third medal of the week with a silver in the Veteran 2 men’s épée event after claiming bronzes in Veteran 1 and 2 men’s saber.
Vitoux defeated 60-year-old Robert Mones (North Charleston, S.C.), 10-9, in the semifinals, but lost to Mauricio Aguirre (ESA), 10-3, for gold.
Complete results are as follows:
Veteran 2 Men’s Épée Pan American Championships
1. Mauricio Aguirre (ESA)
2. Michael Vitoux (Champaign, Ill.)
3. Born Percy (CHI)
3. Robert Mones (North Charleston, S.C.)
Veteran 2 Women’s Épée Pan American Championships
1. Gladys Berardi (Long Valley, N.J.)
2. Karen Brynildsen (Denville, N.J.)
3. S.S. Rachel El Saleh (Houston, Texas)
3. Esperanza Alzona (Frederick, Md.)
Veteran 1 Men’s Foil Pan American Championships
1. Carlos Covani (ARG)
2. Jamie Douraghy (Los Angeles, Calif.)
3. Ernesto Ramirez (ESA)
3. Chris Balestracci (Guilford, Conn.)
5. Tom Mahnken (Springfield, Va.)
6. David Hueske (Charleston, S.C.)
7. Ray Blair (Naples, Fla.)
8. Willian Alfonso (COL)
Veteran 1 Women’s Saber Pan American Championships
1. Mary Wilkerson (Denver, Colo.)
2. Dede Deane (Richmond, Va.)
3. Gladys Berardi (Long Valley, N.J.)
3. Angela Diegel (New York City, N.Y.)
5. S.S. Rachel El Saleh (Houston, Texas)
Pre-Cadet Men’s Épée Pan American Championships
1. MC Azuela (MEX)
2. Alexis Molina (ESA)
3. Victor Ramirez (PER)
3. Maximiliano Rodriguez (CHI)
5. Nicolas Fonseca (COL)
6. Josue Reyes (ESA)
7. Bryan Escalante (ESA)
8. Pedro Montagna (BRA)
Youth B Women’s Foil Pan American Championships
1. Casandra Cruz (PER)
2. Livia Matos (BRA)
3. Cielo Viscarra (PER)
3. Gabriela Vargas (COL)
5. Julia Vargas (BRA)
6. Sara Nieto (COL)
7. Sofia Aristizabal (COL)
8. Ivanna Garcc (PER)
Youth A Men’s Saber Pan American Championships
1. Carlos Acosta (ESA)
2. Alejandro Gomez (COL)
3. Ian Hernandez (PUR)
3. Juan Salazar (COL)
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