The Garden City Boy’s Varsity Fencing Team opened its 2023-2024 Season on Friday December 1 at Great Neck North High School under the leadership of Coach Joe Brajdic.
Despite suffering a loss, some impressive showings were made by team members. Ronan Comerford, sophomore, earned two wins for épée and Justin Rivera, a freshman on the épée squad, got a win for the team his first time on the competitive strip. Épée Captain and senior Connor Davan earned a win as well as fellow épée sophomore Keathon Ho, in only his second appearance for the team. Foil sophomore Henry Conlon also won a bout and foil Captain Trey Plastaras, Junior, began his season undefeated 3-0.
For those unfamiliar with the High School format of Fencing, each meet consists of three rounds of nine bouts, three for each weapon: saber, foil, and épée. The winner of each bout is the first to reach 5 touches or who has the most touches at the end of a 5 minute period.
A team point is awarded for every bout won and the team that wins 14 bouts first wins the meet. Fencing continues until all 27 bouts are fenced, culminating in a final score.
Next for the boys was a meet against Great Neck South, at home on Monday, December 4. This meet proved even more difficult as GNS finished #2 in the County last season. Still, the boys persevered and the saber co-Captains, senior Stephen Cowie and junior Matteo Schettino, each scored a win as well as Connor Davan and Keathan Ho in épée. Trey Plastaras earned two bouts for the foil squad.
On Friday, December 8 the boys turned things around with a win at Jericho HS. In a tight competition, Garden City started strong with a three bout lead over Jericho