Columbia HS girls fencing team has great start to the season

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Columbia High School girls fencing team has enjoyed a stellar start to the season, posting a 3-1 record through Dec. 16.

In the season opener, the Cougars defeated West Orange, 21-6, on Dec. 14, at West Orange. In foil, junior Sydney Anrig went 3-0, and seniors Mei Lee and Charlotte Song each went 2-0. In epee, junior Dillina Oraedu and junior Tia Goodson each went 2-0.

The Cougars went 2-1 during a quad meet on Dec. 16 at Livingston High School, beating Millburn and Montclair, both by 14-13 scores, and falling to Livingston, 16-11.

In the win over Millburn, sophomore Samara Berg went 3-0, and Lee and Anrig each went 2-1 in foil. Oraedu went 2-1 in epee and senior Julia Wheeler went 2-0 in saber. In the victory over Montclair, Lee and Berg each went 3-0, and Anrig went 2-1 in foil. In saber, junior Sherry Chen, sophomores Saanvi Rohatgi and Alice Cohen each had a win in saber. Oraedu, junior Sarla Lyengar and Goodson each had a win in epee.

In the loss to Livingston, Chen went 2-1 in saber. Lee and Anrig each went 2-1, and Berg was 2-0 in foil. Oraedu, Goodson and Lyengar each had a win in epee.

The CHS boys team was off to a 1-3 start. After beating West Orange, 21-6, in the season opener on Dec. 14, the Cougars lost three matches during a quad meet on Dec. 16, falling to Montclair, 16-9; Livingston, 15-12; and Millburn, 21-6.

In the win over West Orange, junior Gehrig Cornagie went 2-0 and junior Griffin Botschka was 2-1 in saber; senior Noah Goldstein was 3-0 and junior Carlos Sanchez was 2-0 in foil; and junior Jackson Wheeler was 2-1 and senior Nigel Hu was 2-0 in epee.