BC Cadet fencers medal at 2020 Pan American Championships

The 2020 Cadet/Junior Pan American Championships took place from February 23rd-28th in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Day 1

The Sunday saw Eli Lippman and Zakhar Vozovik in Cadet men’s epee, and Jack Pan and Jerry Pan in Cadet men’s sabre.

Lippman started off with 4 wins and 2 losses in his poule, seeding him 10th going into DEs. Vozovik was 5-1 in his poule, his only loss being 4-5. Going into the direct elimination rounds, he was seeded 4th. Vozovik was granted a BYE into the round of 16, while Lippman faced off against Emmanuel Bernal (PAR). In a swift 15-3 bout, Lippman advanced into top 16 with his BC teammate. Vozovik was victorious in his first DE of the day, winning 15-8 against Saul Moris Villacorta Portillo (ESA). Lippman defeated Andrew Graber (USA) 15-9 to make top 8, where he would have another 15-9 win against Dennis Russanov (USA). Vozovik had a 15-12 win over Nicolas Candela (USA) in his top 8 bout, to advance him into the medal rounds alongside his teammate. The semi-final would show to be a tough fight for both Canadians, where Lippman would lose a close 15-14 bout against Daniel Ojeda Buitrago (CRC), and Vozovik would lose 15-11 to Arturo Rangel (MEX). Two bronze medals for BC in the first event of the day!

Zakhar Vozovik and Eli Lippman – Bronze medalists. Photo by Esgrima El Salvador Centroamérica.

Next up were Jack and Jerry Pan in Cadet men’s sabre. Jerry went 5-1 in his poule, seeding him in a tied 1st place going into the direct eliminations. Jack went 4-1 in his poule, seeding close behind his brother in 7th place. Both boys would earn a BYE into the round of 16. Jerry then defeated Jose Miguel Arroyo Rivera (PUR) 15-7, while Jack won his bout against Ricardo Lopez 15-10. However, it was in the round of 8 that the boys would have to face off against each other. The win would go to Jack 15-11 to make it into the semi-finals. Jack would go on to lose his top 4 bout against Colby Harley (USA) 15-7, while his brother would finish 5th overall. With three BRONZE medals and a top 8 finish on day 1 of the competition, our BC fencers were off to a good start.

Jack Pan – Bronze medalist. Photo by Esgrima El Salvador Centroamérica.

Day 2 

The second day of competition was Janet Chen in Cadet women’s epee and Adam Wong in Cadet men’s foil.

Women’s epee was the first event of the day, and Janet had a strong start going 6-0 in her poule. With an indicator of +19, she was a clear front-runner going into DEs. Earning a BYE into 16s, her first bout was against Daniela Gonzalez (MEX), who she defeated 15-10. In top 8, she had to verse her team Canada teammate, Heidi Zhu. Janet would end up losing 15-9 to finish with a 5th place result.

In men’s foil, Adam Wong began with a 5-1 poule and an indicator of +11. This would give him a 4th place seed and a BYE into the round of 16. In his first DE, he won a 15-8 bout against Colton Anderson. Unfortunately, Adam would lose his top 8 bout 15-9 against Lorenzo Mion (BRA) to finish with a 6th place result!

Well done to all of our BC cadet fencers on Pan Ams Championships!