The bronze medal marks the sophomores first Junior World Cup medal (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
LONDON – Jerry Chang captured his first Junior World Cup medal on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Eden Cup as the Harvard men's fencing sophomore took home bronze. Classmate Michael Woo finished in the top-10 while freshman Stephen Mageras rounded out the Crimson competitors with a 40th-place finish.
Chang's podium finish moved the 2012 Junior World Team Champion up in the U.S. junior rankings to No. 3 as he attempts to qualify for his second Junior World Team. After posting a 5-1 record in pools, the 16th-seeded Mountain View, Calif., local drew a bye into the table of 64 in the ranking rounds. Chang defeated Ilja Sitova (LAT), 15-13, and Damiano Rosatelli (ITA), 15-6, to reach the round of 16. In the next two rounds, Chang notched victories over members of the French team as he bested Alexandra Sido, 15-13, and Anguerrand Colin Andrew, 14-10, to reach the semifinals where he faced Italy's Francesco Ingargiola. Ingargiola ended Chang's win streak run by a score of 15-9 and went on to take home the gold.
Woo impressed at the tournament as he fenced to an unbeaten 6-0 record and a plus-14 indicator in pool play to rank sixth headed into ranking rounds. After receiving a bye in the table of 128 the Wayne, N.J., native downed Simon Rizell of Sweden, 15-7, and Mikkell Christian Rhabek of Denmark, 15-9. In the Table of 16, he lost to France's Maximilien Chastanet, 15-12, who went on to take the silver. Woo added points to his ranking with a ninth-place overall finish.
Mageras, who hails from Dairen, Conn., entered the ranking round at 22 after recording a 5-1 mark in pools. He downed Great Britain's Michael Koudou, 15-4, in the table of 128, before falling to Toshiya Saito of Japan, 15-9, to finish 40th overall.
Harvard opens its 111th season Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Tradition Tournament in Fairfield, Conn.