MADISON, NJ -- The Ridge fencing teams fired on all cylinders this weekend to capture the overall titles for both the Santelli (girls) and Cetrulo (boys) competitions.

Touted as the “world’s largest high school fencing tournament” with more than 100 teams participating over two days, this annual event held at Drew University is one of the highlights of the high school fencing season.

The girls’ event started on Saturday, Jan. 11, with a great showing in all weapons. At the tournament’s conclusion, the epee squad of Diya Kulkarni, Jillian Yao, and Elizabeth Chan finished in second place. The foil squad of Liz Yugov, Madison Clowes, and Erica Chang matched them with a second place finish, and the saber squad of Andrea Tirado, Ishita Goel, and Sameera Mathias secured 5th place. This amazing combined effort resulted in a first place finish out of 53 teams, and the overall Santelli team title for an impressive second consecutive year.

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The boys’ event took place on Sunday, Jan. 12, with Ridge taking the overall team title for the first time since 2011. The epee squad of Clark Kokenge, Eric Wang, and Forest Huang dropped only four of 42 bouts, giving them first place. Not to be outdone, the foil squad of Eric Liu, Lawrence Han, and Ryan Shadpoor also secured first place. The saber squad of Casper Mika, Brock Martynowski, and Stephen Lin battled strong squads all day long to come away with a thirteenth place finish. Combined, this set them up for a first-place finish out of 56 teams.

Ridge continues conference meets this week before heading into the District Championship at North Hunterdon on Saturday, Jan, 25. Follow Ridge fencing at www.ridgehighfencing.com.