Kaneshige Captures Gold, Three Men's Fencers Medal at Regional

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.