Kaneshige, Itzkowitz Compete in Junior World Cups

Itzkowitz finished in the top-half of the field of 156 fencers at the Sosnowiec Junior Sabre World Cup this weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brian Kaneshige of the Harvard men's fencing team took 22nd out of 156 fencers at the Bratislava Junior Foil World Cup, while women's fencer Aliya Itzkowitz placed 41st at the Sosnowiec Junior Sabre World Cup this weekend.

Kaneshige finished first of seven fencers in his pools with a 5-1 mark and 27 hits scored. In the table of 128, the Crimson sophomore cruised to a 15-5 win over Petro Gulivatyi of the Ukraine. Next, Kaneshige upended Polish fencer Oksar Metza, 15-6, to set up a bout with his 2011 Cadet World Team member, Bravo Nobou. Nobou narrowly edged Kaneshige, 15-13, in the table of 16.

Kaneshige has had a busy and successful three-week run on the international fencing scene, which includes nabbing a bronze medal at the Luxembourg Junior Foil World Cup Nov. 6. The Maplewood, N.J., native finished 13th in the men's junior foil event and 17th in the Division I men's foil competition at the North American Cup last weekend.

Itzkowitz, a native of London, England, won four of six bouts in her pools to earn a bye into the table of 64. The freshman, who earned junior national championships in 2011 and 2012, fell to Sofia Ciaraglia of Italy, 15-7.