MADISON, NJ- The Ridge High School boys fencing team finished in second place in the overall 3-weapon championship while competing among 47 NJ high schools in the prestigious Cetrulo Tournament, held this past Sunday, Jan. 17, at Drew University in Madison.
Bringing home medals
The boys foil squad won the gold medal, and the epee squad won bronze.
The Dr. Gerald I Cetrulo Memorial Fencing Championships is one of the oldest athletic events in the entire United States, having been founded 90 years ago by the late Gerardo Cetrulo, Sr. The Cetrulo Tournament is the largest High School fencing tournament in the country, and is an invitational tournament where every school in NJ can compete, public or private.
Ridge has previously won the Cetrulo tournament in 2011 and 2008.
Foil: In the first round foilists Cameron Shadpoor and Will Gaziano were both undefeated each winning all 7 bouts, and Sebastian Tirado had 6 wins and one loss. Their 20 wins placed them in the top flight pool for round two. In the second round Shadpoor was again undefeated at 7-0, Gaziano went 6-1, and Tirado was 4-3. Their total of 17 wins earned them the Gold medal and far outpaced second place North Hunterdon with 11 wins.
Epee: In the first round both Alex Wang and Paul Molander were undefeated with 7 wins each, and Felix Yin went 3-4. This placed them in the top flight pool for round 2. In the second round Wang and Molander each had 3 wins and 4 losses, while Yin had 6 wins and 1 loss. Their combined 12 wins earned them the bronze medal.
Sabre: In the first round Alex Massa had 6 wins, while Andrew McGowan and Daniel McCarthy each had 4 wins. Their total of 14 wins was not enough to make the top pool in the second round, placing them in the 9-16th bracket. In the second round Massa and McCarthy each had 4 wins, and McGowan added another 3 wins for a total 11 wins, for a 12th place finish.