Sherborn’s Dershwitz on biggest stage

Sherborn’s Eli Dershwitz took his talents to Rio for this year’s Rio Olympics, where he faced Belgian Seppe Van Holsbeke.

By Hometown Weekly Staff

Sherbornites tuning in to Olympic fencing last week may have gotten quite a surprise in the form of a familiar face.

Sherborn’s Olympic fencer, Eli Dershwitz

Sherborn’s Olympic fencer, Eli Dershwitz

Eli Dershwitz, a current Harvard student, 2014 D-S High School graduate and Sherborn native, represented his country in the Men’s Individual Sabre event in this year’s Rio Olympics.

Dershwitz faced Belgian Seppe Van Holsbeke in the round of 32, losing 15-12 in a difficult matchup. Van Holsbeke later lost to Tiberiu Dolniceanu of Romania in the round of 16.

Those who knew Eli before his Olympic jaunt would perhaps be unsurprised by his appearance in Rio. Aside from having a brother, Philip, who fenced with great success for Princeton, Eli had made a name for himself with a string of titles before he had even graduated high school. Dershwitz was a member of five Junior World Championship Teams from 2011 through 2015, taking five medals (including an individual gold) in 2015. He also won both individual and team golds at the 2015 Pan American Games, and was the youngest member of Team USA at the 2013 Senior Worlds.

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