By Arsalan Husain
The Ridge High School boy’s fencing team on Jan. 9 captured their meet against Voorhees High School, with a second victory to continue a strong start to their season. Ridge controlled the meet with a whopping 20-7.
Voorhees put up a valiant fight, but Ridge powered through and was able to capture the match.
By the end of the first round, Ridge had tallied up a 7-2 score as the sabre squad consisting of Raymond Comperiati, Jacob Klein and Brennan Wu, alongside the epee squad composed of Jacob Lee , Arsalan Husain and Paul Molander, capped a total of six wins.
Additionally, Ridge newcomer William Gaziano earned a win for the foil team totaling the seven wins and creating a powerful lead for Ridge.
As the meet progressed the Red Devils found their “Inner Chi” as one of the coaches, Glenn Blekicki would say. Respectively, Ridge only gave up one loss and added eight more wins to their score. Once again the Sabre and Epee squads went undefeated as they took on their opponents with focus and agility.
As the final round started, Voorhees began to fight back but it was to no avail as it was too late to make a comeback. Ridge still grabbed five points to finish the meet with four losses in the final round.
The match was handled skillfully by Ridge, but Voorhees put in a good effort and fought fought until the final bout.
This meet was very important to the new athletes of Ridge’s arsenal as they proved that they could hold their own in the deep waters of fencing.
Freshman William Gaziano of foil and Felix Yin of Epee both went undefeated with two bout victories. As the years progress, it will be interesting to see what is to become of these two up-and-coming stars.