RANDOLPH, NJ - Jonah Blanchard won the individual epee championship for Chatham and the Cougars rode a strong performance from its sabre team to repeat as Morris County Boys Fencing Champions on Saturday at Randolph High.
Chatham won the 2020 MCT team title with 67 points. Morris Hills was second with 53 points. It was the fourth MCT team title gained by Chatham in the 11 years of the tournament.
Blanchard capped the boys fencing by winning the epee championship in the final bout. Blanchard fenced off against Morristown's Brendan Tierney with the entire Chatham team lined up to support him. Blanchard landed five touches for his first Morris County Individual Championship.
The Chatham boys sabre team of captain Preston Yen, senior Vincent Liu, and junior Henry Epstein combined to go 26-1, matching the sabre performance when Chatham won the MCT the previous year. Yen, Liu and Epstein all qualified for the individual championship round. Yen and Epstein were undefeated in the team competition.
Yen placed second and Liu was third in the individual sabre while Chatham teammate Jacob Mahon took third place in the individual foil championships.
Chatham's foil squad of senior captain Aidan West, senior Mahon, senior Nate Eck and freshman Charles Gallucci compiled a 20-7 record in squad bouts. The Cougars epee contingent of senior Ahmer Khan, sophomore Blanchard and sophomore Michael Dwyer won 21 bouts. Blanchard was 8-1 and Dwyer was undefeated as both advanced to the individual competition.
For the first time, the Morris County Championship individual round was live-streamed on professional video including commentary by Drew Fencing head coach, Vince Paragano (see below).
The Chatham fencing team will travel to West Morris Central on Monday, host Millburn at the Middle School on Wednesday, and travel to Morristown on Thursday.