BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston boys fencing team was dealt their second loss in a 12-10 battle against Montclair Kimberly. The Lady Highlanders defeated the young Montclair Kimberly girls fencing team 12-3.
Monclair Kimberly only fielded 5 fencers as they work to rebuild their girls team [they didn't field a team at all two years ago]. Gov. Livingston won six bouts each in Sabre and Epee and MKA won 3 foil bouts.
On the boys side, the Gov. Livingston fell behind early, with a coming just short of a comeback. GL won the first sabre bouts and then lost the next sxi in a row to fall behind 6-2. GL then won four of the next five to close to 7-6, then lost four of the next five to finish the second round of bouts down 11-7.
Again, GL's top Sabre and Foil fencers won three of the next four bouts, to close behind MKA 12-10. With the match on the line at 13-10, freshmen fencers Matt Zhao and John Walsh each won their bouts to narrow in on MKA 13-12. But MKA's Jason Thompson, who finished second in the state epee tournament last year, was able to close out the bout against GL's Chris Friedlander and send GL to their second 14-13 loss of the week.