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Ramapo Fencing Defeats Passaic Valley

The boys varsity team stayed undefeated after a 16-11 (14-7) win Wednesday

The following sports report was submitted by Ramapo Fencing Coach Paul Apostol:

Ramapo starters jumped out to an 8-1 lead against a Passaic Valley team that had stronger foil and epee squads than our previous opponents. Ramapo elected to keep its sabre starters in the meet for the second round and they swept again to bring the score to 11-1. Needing only three more wins to clinch the meet, Ramapo replaced all the foil and epee starters with their second strings.

Unfortunately, they were unable to win a single bout in the second round allowing Passaic Valley to narrow the score to 11-7. To insure a victory Ramapo left its sabre starters in the meet for the third round and they promptly scored three more victories to clinch the meet at 14-7. With the meet won, Ramapo sent in its third strings in foil and epee and they managed two more victories to end the meet at 16-11. 

Ramapo sabreists junior and squad captain Chris Muller, junior Alex Gorloff, and sophomore Adam Carcione went 9-0, dominating their opponents with mostly 5-1 and 5-0 victories. They are backed up by a talented second string including junior Gregg Duch and sophomore Dan Carione who, unfortunately, did not get to fence today because of the way the meet unfolded.  The Team will count on the sabre squad to consistently produce multiple wins in all of our competitions. So far the starters are 16-0 for the season.

Epee starters senior and squad captain Sam Judd, senior and overall captain Scott Zellers, and junior Ed Lim, swept all three of their first round bouts. Scott dominated his opponent with a 5-0 victory and Ed also won decisively with a 5-2 victory, but for the first time this year Sam encountered an opponent who kept him off balance…forcing the bout into a 4-4 tie before Sam was able to land the winning touch. The only other victory by the epeeists was a third round win by sophomore Matt Rizzo who squeezed out a 5-4 win, to finish out the epeeists 4-5 record.

Ramapo foilists senior and squad captain Tanner Frank and junior Daniel Kim both made victories to help secure the first round lead. But the only other foil victory among the subs was by third round substitute, sophomore Jacob Tatz who won a spirited 5-3 victory against Passaic Valley’s number 1 foilist, to round out the foilists 3-6 record. 

There was also a JV meet, not fenced to completion, where sabreists Dan Carione, Josh Pokorny and Stephan Vazquez, foilist Eric Sloezen, and epeeists Gerry Stamatelatos, Chris Scavone, and John Caparuscio won their bouts.

Ramapo’s next meet is a 5-way meet at Bernards HS on Thurs, 12-27, at 10:00 AM. These are really the toughest teams in the state and the competition will be fierce.

Contact: Coach Paul Apostol 201-891-6208; pdapostol@optonline.net

Ramapo’s prior meets against: Nyack 28-1 (14-1), Fair Lawn 23-4 (14-2)

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