The Harvard freshman won his third Junior World Cup title (Photo: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eli Dershwitz stood at the top of the podium in Budapest, Hungary after winning his third Junior World Cup championship in less than a year. The freshman from Sherborn, Massachusetts, defeated Russia's Artem Buchkovskiy 15-6 in the finals to earn top honors.
En route to his victory in the tournament, Dershwitz advanced through the group stage as the No. 4 overall seed, and proceeded to eliminate opponent after opponent in the table of 128. Wielding the saber, he defeated fencers from Hungary, Russia, France and Germany to set up a semifinal matchup with teammate Andrew Mackiewicz. Dershwitz would prevail 15-10, and go on to beat Buchkovskiy to win the championship.
Dershwitz joins a Harvard fencing program that placed fifth at the 2014 NCAA Championships, and went 12-6 in the regular season. The 2014-15 season will begin on December 7 with a tournament at Sacred Heart.
Rd. of 128- def. Viktor Habony (Hungary) 15-3
Rd. of 64- def. Daniil Bubenchikov (Russia) 15-11
Rd. of 32- def. Benjamin Roger (France) 15-9
Rd. of 16- def. Rouven Redwanz (Germany) 15-10
Quarterfinals- def. Charles Colleau (France) 15-8
Semifinals- def. Andrew Mackiewicz (USA) 15-10
Finals- def. Artem Buchkovskiy (Russia) 15-6