Ridge strikes Gold Twice at NJ Fencing Squad State Championships


BASKING RIDGE, NJ - This year, under the tutelage of coach Jason Choy, the Ridge High School sabre squad was able to put all the pieces together: Speed, strength and technique. 

Ridge confidently put freshman Casper Mika on the A strip knowing that his technique would stand up to the best in the state even at his young age. Casper won 11 of 19 bouts. Senior Daniel McCarthy won 11 of 14 bouts on the C strip. His speed has been his strength through the years and it was on display. Senior Matt Stamatiou also contributed on C strip, going 5 for 5.

The standout of the day was Andy McGowan fencing on the B strip. McGowan won 19 of 19 bouts.

Sign Up for E-News

At the end of the day Ridge had won 81 percen of its bouts, 46 victories out of a possible 57, with +98 indicators. This captured the Gold Medal for the first time in school history. They are the Sabre Squad champions. The second place went to Northern Highlands with 41 victories, +100 indicators. Third place went to St Peter’s Prep with 41 victories, + 80 indicators.

Ridge’s foil squad looked to defend it title as last years Foil Champions.  Ridge has traditionally had very strong foil fencers and this year was no different.  With their top foilist out of state, Ridge confidently sent in the L squad:  James Liao on A, Eric Liu on B and Ericson Lac on C.  L is for lethal.  With calm surgical precision, this squad dissected their opponent’s weaknesses and deftly picked them apart. Sophomores Liao and Liu both won 17 of 19 bouts, Lac was 16 of 19.

In total the foil squad won 50 out of a possible 57.  Claiming victory in an astonishing 88% of their bouts, outscoring their opponents by +141 touches. For the second year in a row they are the foil State Champions.  Second place went to Christian Brothers with 43 victories, +95 indicators. Third place went to Bernards, with 38 victories, +67 indicators.

Ridge’s epee squad was looking to improve on its eigth-place finish of last year. Sophomore Clark Kokenge on A was 12 for 19. Junior Anton Groshnikov was 13 of 19 on B. Young Allen Marakov, a freshman, was 14 of 18 on C. Senior Charlie King added an additional victory on C. At the end of a very long day of fencing, Ridge found itself in an unbelievable three way tie for second place. In the case of a tie it all comes down to indicators, by how much did you outscore your opponents.

Bernards took home the gold with 45 victories, +110 indicators. Christian Brothers second with 40 victories, +76. Montclair claimed third with 40 victories, +68. Ridge placed 4th with 40 victories, +53 indicators. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Somerset County Opens Emergency Shelter for Storm Victims at RVCC

March 10, 2018

BRANCHBURG, NJ – Due to the extended power outages in Somerset County as a result of Winter Storm Quinn and the expected cold temperatures over the next few days, the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has partnered with the American Red Cross to open a shelter for county residents at Raritan Valley Community College.

The shelter opened as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ...

Walk Out? Franklin High School Stands Up Against Gun Violence 

March 15, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township School district turned a national tragedy into a teachable moment for the community. 

"The kids did an excellent job, well planned, a great lesson in democracy, I am really proud of them," Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Ravally said. "It is a teachable moment, one of our main missions is to promote active citizens. Citizens that are ...

A New Day for 529 Plans: Federal Tax Reforms Lead to New Possibilities for These Education Savings Accounts

March 9, 2018

Do you have a 529 college savings plan? Have you thought about opening a 529 plan account? If the answer to either question is “yes,” you should know about two major changes that broaden the possibilities for 529 plans. They may give your family some new options. You may be able to pay K-12 tuition with 529 plan funds.

The legislation ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 18, 8:30 AM

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge HQ, Sussex

NJ Audubon: Winter Raptors and Wildfowl: Wallkill ...


Sun, March 18, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Crescent Concerts Presents Annual Festival of ...

Arts & Entertainment

Center for Great Expectations Celebrating 20th Anniversary

March 17, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The Center for Great Expectations, a non-profit organization, is celebrating 20 years of providing substance use and mental health treatment for women and adolescents who are homeless, pregnant or parenting.

According to a release, the goals of the program are to guide women through their pregnancies, ensure proper care, increase the likelihood of a healthy baby and provide the ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!