Basking Ridge, NJ- After making it to the State Championship finals in 2013 and falling to Columbia High School, this year the Ridge Red Devils were determined to avenge their loss. Columbia, known for their powerful saber squad, came out strong winning the first 3 bouts in saber. Ridge responded with 3 quick wins in foil by Will Gaziano, Sebastian Tirado and Cameron Shadpoor to even the score to 3-3. The epee round was split with Columbia winning 1 and Ridge’s Alex Wang and Felix Yin winning their two bouts. In the second round Ridge’s Ray Comperiati grabbed one saber win. The Ridge foil trio followed with a clean sweep in foil bringing the score to Ridge 9 - Columbia 6. Columbia would win the next 6 bouts in a row, putting them in the lead 12-9 in the third round. Ridge’s formidable foil squad stayed focused and continued their domination winning the next 3 bouts in foil to tie the score at 12-12. Paul Molander won the next epee bout for Ridge but it was followed by a Columbia win, tying the score at 13-13. The final bout pitted Ridge epee fencer Felix Yin against Columbia’s Sam Gomberg. With the score tied at 2-2 as time ran out, the exciting match moved into overtime. Ridge head coach JinJun Shen encouraged Yin as he stepped onto the strip for the final action. Yin stayed calm and seizing an opportunity, launched a sudden attack to score winning point. The Ridge Red Devils team and fans erupted onto the floor jubilantly lifting Yin above the crowd. Ridge’s win completed a perfect season with Ridge going undefeated 16-0.
Ridge Fencers Win State Championship
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