The Harvard senior won 12 contests en route to the championship (Gil Talbot).
SALT LAKE CITY – Brian Kaneshige of the Harvard men's fencing team won his first Division I North American Cup title, announced by USA Fencing. The senior captain dominated pool play before knocking off six consecutive opponents to earn the championship.
A foil fencer, Kaneshige defeated opponents from the United States, South Korea and Mexico in the round robin group stage, which helped earn him the No. 2 seed and a first round bye entering the knockout stage. The Maplewood, New Jersey native advanced to the round of 16 after earning 15-9 and 15-5 victories over Blake Broszus and Lucas Orts, and proceeded to defeat four former members of Team USA to finish the tournament.
Kaneshige faced Harvard teammate Michael Woo, who finished 11th, in the round of 16, earning a 15-9 victory. After defeating Raymond Chen, 15-10, in the round of eight, he faced off against a second collegiate teammate in Jerry Chang, and picked up a 15-9 win. Chang tied for the bronze in the competition.
The Crimson fencer took on top seeded Nobuo Bravo in the gold medal bout, and came away with a 15-10 victory to earn the title.
Kaneshige has helped Harvard get out to a 3-1 start this season. The Crimson fences next at the St. John's Invitational on January 24 where the team will take on Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, Columbia and the host Red Storm.