Dershwitz, Chang, Woo all place in top three among Division-I participants (Photos: Harvard Fencing).
PORTLAND, Ore. – Competing at the North American Cup, freshman Eli Dershwitz finished in second place among saber fencers, while juniors Jerry Chang and Michael Woo shared the bronze in the foil division. Senior Brian Kaneshige also finished ninth using the foil.
Dershwitz, the No. 2 ranked junior in the world, advanced through pool play with six-straight victories, recording a plus-20 indicator in the process. He then proceeded to defeat Khalil Thompson, Andrew Doddo, Geoffrey Loss and Jacob Asch to advance to the tournament's final four. Dershwitz won a tight match 15-13 in the semifinal to advance to the finals against the world's top ranked junior in Daryl Homer. The Harvard freshman tied Homer mid-way through the first period, but Homer took control late to win the championship 15-12.
Wielding the foil, Woo and Kaneshige won all six of their round robin matches while Chang was victorious in five. Advancing to the bracket, all three Crimson fencers made quick work of their initial opponents to advance to the round of 16. Woo defeated Tomer Orr and Sam Moelis to advance to the final four, where he lost 15-14 in a match that came down to the last touch. Chang defeated Jason Chang and Sam Hardwicke-Brown to reach the round of four, but like his teammate fell 15-14 in a very tight bout. Kaneshige dropped his round of 16 match to Hardwicke-Brown and went on to finish ninth.
Sophomore Alexander Eldeib represented the Crimson in the Epee division, and worked to an 18th-place result. Eldeib won five of his six matches in group play before advancing to the round of 32 in the elimination stage, falling 15-7.
Harvard men's fencing opens its season Dec. 7 in Fairfield, Connecticut at a tournament hosted by Sacred Heart. Temple, NYU, Penn State and Vassar will also play the Crimson at the event.