MADISON, NJ - The Watchung Hills Fencing Warriors competed in the Santelli and Cetrulo fencing tournaments held this past weekend at Drew University. The girls placed fourth in the Santelli and the boys placed 18th in the Centrulo. Both squads will compete in the District III Championships in Millburn on Sunday.


The Watchung Hills girls fencing team took home fourth place out of 50 teams from around the state in the Santelli.  Bergen Tech took first overall with the Knights placing in the top three in all three weapons, finishing first in sabre, second in the foil and third in epee.

The girls team had three overall top 10 finishes with the sabre team leading the way with a second place finish.  Jenna Leski went 7-7 on the very demanding "A" strip with Amanda Soliman going 10-4 on "B" strip and  Jacqueline Lee a perfect 14-0 on the "C" strip for the day.

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The girls foil team placed fourth overall with foil standout Brooke Stanicki leading the way with 10 victories on "A" strip and  Marta Savchuk and Rachael Lee each going 9-4 for the day.

The epee squad placed 10th with Julia Liaw going 8-5, Annika Schmidt going 6-1 and Maya Zhang going 5-0 and Katelyn Bereheiko adding six wins to the squad total.

"I am very proud of the girls team and we showed that we are an elite team in New Jersey, Captain, Brooke Stanicki said. "It was a grueling day of fencing and the sabre results were  really impressive.  Marta and Rachel pulled out some good wins in foil and our epee team did really well to place in the top 10.  We are looking forward to the Districts this weekend  and the competition will be equally tough since our District is one of  toughest in the State."

The boys team placed 18th  overall out of 47 teams  in the Cetrulo Tournament. The foil team placed 9th overall.  Columbia won its fifth consecutive Cetrulo title by one point over second-place Ridge.


Captain, Dominic Heise was a stellar  13-1 on "A" strip foil and Zach Velling added 11 wins and Henry Engle six  wins for the foil squad.  Kyle Rokosny, was 7-3, Michael Raman 7-7 with Max
Kossempel adding six wins and Andrew Muller two wins at epee.   Alan Zu had an impressive 9-4 record with Troy Cullen going 8-5 and Michael Vala going 9-5 and Alvin Lee and Kip Degeorges each adding a win at Sabre.

"We were missing a couple of fencers but the team stepped up to the plate. To get into the top 20 was pretty solid," Captain, Dominic Heise said. "It was a very long day of fencing but I think we all gained a lot of experience heading into Districts this weekend. We are going to lay it all on the line and see what happens."




1-Columbia, 16. 2-Ridge, 17. 3-St. Peter's Prep, 20. 4-Christian Brothers Academy, 24. 5-Bernards, 25. 6-St. Benedict's Prep 34. 7-West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 35. 8-West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 40. 9-Livingston, 43. 10-Princeton Day, 45. 11-Hunterdon Central, 47. 12-Chatham, 48. 13-Morristown, 49. 14-Millburn, 51. 15-Montgomery, 51. 16-Bergen Tech, 59. 17-Ramapo. 59. 18-Watchung Hills, 60. 19-Mendham, 63. 20-Oratory Prep, 66. 



1-Bergen Tech, 6 points. 2-Ridge, 13 points. 3-Columbia, 13 points. 4-Watchung Hills, 16 points. 5-West Windsor -Plainsboro South, 29 points. 6-Montgomery, 31 points. 7-Mendham, 34 points. 8-Northern Highlands, 36 points. 9-Montclair, 38 points. 10-Bernards , 44 points. 11-Lawrenceville, 47 points. 12-Millburn, 47 points. 13-West Windsor -Plainsboro North, 50 points. 14-Pingry,  54 points. 15-Morristown, 54 points. 16- Morris Hills, 57 points. 17-Oak Knoll, 58 points. 18-Gov. Livingston, 59 points. 19- West Morris, 63 points. 20-Moorestown Friends, 65 points.