Woo earned ranking points at the final Grand Prix of the season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
TOKYO – The Harvard men's fencing team was represented by three competitors at the Prince Takamado Foil Grand Prix. Rising senior Brian Kaneshige and juniors Jerry Chang and Michael Woo each took the strip for Team USA at Komazawa Olympic Park Gymnasium May 3-4.
Woo advanced out of pool play as the 37th seed in the direct elimination tables. In his opening bout, the native of Wayne, N.J., met the 27th-seed Edoardo Luperi of Italy. Woo could not hold off Luperi as he fell 15-7 in the table of 64. Out of 121 entrants, Woo claimed 48th to earn three ranking points.
Chang and Kaneshige faltered to make it out of pool play to finish 84th and 110th, respectively.
In the International Fencing Federation senior season, which begins in January, each fencing discipline has three Grand Prix events and five World Cup tournaments over the course of the year. Grand Prix events are worth twice the ranking points as regular World Cup tournaments. The Prince Takamado competition served as the final Grand Prix of the season and one World Cup remains on the docket before the senior season culminates in the World Championships in Kazan, Russia in July.