Kaneshige Claims Bronze at Luxembourg Junior Foil World Cup

Kaneshige Claims Bronze at Luxembourg Junior Foil World Cup

Kaneshige won bronze in the men's event, while fellow-American and N.J.-native, Jacqueline Dubrovich, took bronze in the women's event at the Luxembourg Junior Foil World Cup last weekend (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brian Kaneshige of the Harvard men’s fencing team trailed Alexander Pivovarov of Russia, 11-8, at the end of the first period in the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Junior Foil World Cup last weekend, but he mounted his third come-from-behind victory in four bouts to edge Pivovarov, 15-14, and ultimately earn a bronze medal.

Kaneshige, who hails from Maplewood, N.J., went undefeated in his pools to secure a bye into the table of 64, where he made his first comeback in table play. He trailed Great Britain’s James Brosnan, 11-9, after the first period, but used a 6-1 scoring run in the second to win the bout, 15-12.

In the table of 32, the 2011 Junior World Team Champion beat Phillip Alexander of Denmark, 15-7, to set up a match with Russian Kirill Zhukov. Zhukov led by two touches after the first frame, but Kaneshige rallied with a 9-1 run in the second stanza en route to a 15-9 victory.  

After defeating Pivovarov in the quarterfinals, the Harvard sophomore’s run ended with a 15-9 loss to Denmark’s Alexander Tsoronsis.

The medal marks the third in Junior World Cup competition for Kaneshige, who garnered All-American honorable mention and first team All-Ivy honors during his freshman season in Cambridge. His 11-4 record tied him for second place at the 2012 Ivy League Championships. He will wear crimson Dec. 1 as Harvard takes on Vassar, North Carolina, NYU, Penn State and Sacred Heart in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.