LIMA, Peru – 2018 Duke fencing graduate Pascual Di Tella captured silver in sabre at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The Pan Am Games is one of the largest sporting events in the world with more than 6,000 athletes from 40+ nations competing in 39 sports.
Di Tella, a product of Vincente Lopez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, started off just 1-5 in pool play before making his way through the draw en route to the final bout.
In the Table of 16, Di Tella defeated Joseph Polossifakis of Canada (15-12) before his 15-14 defeat over 2018 Senior World silver medalist Eli Dershwitz of USA in the Table of 8.
In the semifinals, Di Tella cruised to a 15-7 victory over Cuba’s Harold De La Caridad Rodriguez Martinez.
Although Di Tella started out strong with a 4-0 lead over eventual gold medalist Daryl Homer (USA) in the final individual sabre bout of the Pan Am Games, Homer put up an 8-3 run to end the period with a slight 8-7 lead. Di Tella bounced back and tied it up at 12 in the second, but was unable to hold off Homer who took gold (15-13).
Di Tella is one of the most decorated Blue Devils in recent fencing history. Di Tella rounded out his stellar campaign as a Blue Devil with a 10th-place finish in men’s saber at his fourth NCAA Championship appearance in 2018, as he collected his second All-America accolade in a Duke lamé. An Academic All-America honoree as a senior, Di Tella became just the fifth Blue Devil to capture All-America honors as a saberist and only the second to receive the honor more than once.
Di Tella helped the Duke men’s fencing team make history as it captured its first ACC team title at the 2018 ACC Championship.
Throughout his career, Di Tella was a three-time ACC Fencer of the Year, the 2017 ACC Champion, the 2017 ACC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and qualified for NCAAs and NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional four times. Di Tella won 78.0 percent of his career bouts (163-46) and notched a silver and bronze medal at the ACC Championship, in addition to gold.