Kaneshige Captures Gold, Three Men's Fencers Medal at Regional
Sophomore Brian Kaneshige stood atop the podium at the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional on Sunday (Gil Talbot).
QUEENS, N.Y. - Sopohmore Brian Kaneshige's gold medal in the foil highlighted three medals and seven top-10 finishes by the Harvard men's fencing team at the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional hosted by St. John's on Sunday.
Kaneshige caught fire in the final round, posting a 10-1 (+32) mark to claim gold, while teammate Michael Woo stood on the podium displaying bronze after a stellar day. Kaneshige erupted in the final round after going 6-6 (+11), whereas Woo entered the final bouts with a higher seed at 11-1 and finished 19-4 (+48). Freshman Jerry Chang had a successful first regional, posting a 16-6 record on his way to fifth place.
Alexander Ryjik captured silver in the men's sabre. The sophomore opened the competition at 4-2 and then fought his way into the final by going 9-2. Despite a strong effort, the Alexandria, Va. native fell, 5-3, in the championship to Olympian Daryl Homer of St. John's. Defending regional gold medalist Eric Arzoian just missed the podium with a fourth place finish. The junior chalked a 12-5 (+19) mark.
Peregrine Badger and Mike Raynis concluded the day in the top-10 of the epee competition. Badger place sixth at 14-9, while Ryanis took eighth at 14-10.
Selections for the NCAA Championship March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas, will be finalized Tuesday.