Fencing: Gov. Livingston Highlanders Off to a Fantastic Start

Epee fencer Chen Song scores the clinching touch Credits: GL Fencing
The team reacts as rookie Cierra Blake scores a great touch Credits: GL Fencing

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Falling snow ushered in Governor Livingston’s first match of the 2017-2018 fencing season, where GL played host to visiting Morris Knolls. 

While the snow whirled outside, the GL boys’ team – elevated by a substantial number of returning fencers - raced to a commanding 13-2 lead over their less experienced counterparts.  Senior epee fencer Chen Song took the clinching bout and the match culminated at 20-7.  A dynamic squad with several athletes crossing over from other sports, the epees (6-3) are led by Song and senior Erick Lim

Coach Jhon Orozco has worked hard to impart an athletic spin on the traditionally slower-paced weapon and on Friday night it showed. The foil squad (7-2) boasts three motivated up-and-coming sophomores joining captain emeritus Tyler Man and senior Zhizhuo Zhou, and the sabre squad has the largest crew of all and the energy to go with it.

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Over on the girls’ side, a parallel but slightly more uphill battle was unfolding. The Lady Highlanders boast team with many veteran fencers.  The sabre squad, led by senior Gabriela Onelli and rounded out with juniors Heather Januzzi and Sarah Comerford, went 6-3 for the night. Led by captain emeritus Laura Fan, the veteran foil squad performed consistently under pressure and in priority situations to pull out a 5-4 night.  The epee squad, consisting of varsity starters from all grades and led by seniors Colee Zheng and Kate McCabe, went to 6-3, for a final tally of 17-10.

Not content to sit on their laurels, Head Coach Michael Wang and the Highlanders traveled to a tri-meet on Saturday, hosted by Morris Hills and featuring Morris Catholic High School along with GL. While not as fiercely competitive, it was a fun day with plenty of subbing in and experience-gathering from all sides. Standouts for the day included the girls sabre squad, going 9-0 against Morris Catholic and 8-1 against Morris Hills. 

The Highlanders played host once again when Montclair visited on Tuesday, December 19 and they will travel to Livingston High School on Thursday.  

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