ANNANDALE, NJ - The Chatham boys epee squad won the school's first epee state medal on Saturday by placing third at the NJSIAA Boys Fencing Squad Championships held at North Hunterdon High on Saturday.
"The boys had a terrific day at Districts and they rallied again at Squads," Chatham coach Hunter Susnick said. "We have a squad game plan for tournaments and it works well for the boys. We believe there is even greater potential in all of our epee boys and we hope to see that begin to develop over the offseason. I could not be more proud of my whole crew."
The Chathanm epee squad of Ahmer Khan, Jonah Blanchard, Michael Dwyer, Alex Lee, Raaid Khan, and Matthew Gallop finished the day with 36 bout wins and 21 losses earning them third place and the bronze medal.
The epee squad had won the District 3 Squad Championship in January, a first for Chatham fencing
"It is amazing what they have accomplished in a short period of time," Chatham coach Joshua Gertner said. "We are all looking forward to this summer and next season."
The Chatham boys sabre squad qualified at Districts with a fourth-place where only two touches separated fourth from the gold medal. The sabres starting line up of Vincent Liu, Preston Yen, and Henry Epstein suffered a loss when Epstein was injured at the Junior Olympic tournament last weekend. Sophomores Kamran Haq and P.J. Henwood were called on to take up the C-strip bouts at State Squads. The sabres finished the day with 35 bout wins and 22 losses, good for 8th place.
The Chatham boys foil squad qualified by finishing third in district competition. Starters Jacob Mahon, Charles Gallucci, and Nate Eck were supported by alternates Aidan West, Aidan Marrinan, and Luca Gianusso. Together they finished the day with 34 bout wins and 23 losses, also good for 8th place, the best finish for the Chatham boys' foil squad at this event.