The following sports report was submitted by Ramapo Fencing Coach Paul Apostol:
Ramapo fencers continued to fence powerfully, downing Fair Lawn in their first Bergen-Passaic League meet 23-4 (14-2) on Monday.
Ramapo starters cruised to a 9-0 record allowing extensive substitutions so that 24 fencers each fenced at least one bout. Substitutes replaced all 9 starters and produced an impressive 7-2 record and clinched the meet at 14-2. Not to be outdone, Ramapo’s third string also went 7-2.
Ramapo’s much improved epee squad produced an 8-1 record, fueled by a first round clean sweep by starters senior Sam Judd, who dominated his opponent in a 5-0 bout, senior Scott Zellers and junior Michael Daly, who both fenced strongly. Second round subs, juniors Matt Martone and Ed Lim, along with Ed’s brother sophomore John Lim, also swept all three of their bouts. Sophomores Matt Rizzo and Chris Scavone, who both joined clubs this season, showed significant improvement over last season as they both defeated their opponents 5-3.
Ramapo sabreists, whose top two fencers graduated, went 8-1 as starters, junior Alex Gorloff, sophomore Adam Carcione and junior Gregory Duch demonstrated that they are determined to continue Ramapo’s state championship performances. They won their bouts 5-0, 5-2, and 5-0. Second round substitutes also fenced very well as Chris Muller, who is vying with Duch for the C-strip, overwhelmed his opponent 5-0, while Dan Carione added a second victory. The sabreist also went 3-0 in the third round as Greg Duch and Chris Muller produced decisive 5-1 and 5-2 wins, with sophomore Dan Carione producing the third victory.
Ramapo foilists produced a strong 7-2 record, led by squad captain senior Tanner Frank, backed up by first time starters juniors Daniel Kim, and Eugene Won. Eugene impressed everyone with his excellent 5-1 victory. Second round substitutes juniors Nick Carpino and Tim Lee both won their bouts by comfortable margins. Their round substitutes added two more victories by sophomores Jacob Tatz, who made a convincing 5-1 victory, and John DeFalco who was not far behind with his 5-2 win.
We are very proud of our seniors who have been accepted to top colleges; Sam Judd-MIT, Scott Zellers-Brown, and Tanner Frank-Michigan. Fencing was a consideration in all their acceptances
Ramapo’s next meet is Wednesday at 4 p.m. at home.
Please come and support the team. It makes a difference!
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