Men's Fencing Readies for Finals

Men’s varsity team captains left to right: Steven Ciravolo, Adam Meskill, and Scott McEntee.
Men’s varsity team captains left to right: Steven Ciravolo, Adam Meskill, and Scott McEntee.
Whitman Junior Christopher Babinski is looking to make his mark in the county championships.
Whitman Junior Christopher Babinski is looking to make his mark in the county championships.
Jordan Roiland is another lefty Foil fencer that frustrates his competition, but Jordan, a senior, brings a more cerebral approach to his style, looking at fencing as a series of combinations on a chessboard with him ultimately winning.
Jordan Roiland is another lefty Foil fencer that frustrates his competition, but Jordan, a senior, brings a more cerebral approach to his style, looking at fencing as a series of combinations on a chessboard with him ultimately winning.
Senior Adam Meskill is a dynamite Foil fencer who is also the squads’ captain. Adam has been rehabbing some injuries this season, but once he’s on the strip, this left-handed fencer is like lightening.  Adams height also plays to his favor and this year is carrying a 90% win/loss ratio.
Senior Adam Meskill is a dynamite Foil fencer who is also the squads’ captain. Adam has been rehabbing some injuries this season, but once he’s on the strip, this left-handed fencer is like lightening. Adams height also plays to his favor and this year is carrying a 90% win/loss ratio.
Scott McEntee is the heart and sole of the Epee squad as well as their captain. “Scott is another one of our strong juniors and whether he’s having success on the strip or not, Scott always bring his A Game when it comes to leadership.”
Scott McEntee is the heart and sole of the Epee squad as well as their captain. “Scott is another one of our strong juniors and whether he’s having success on the strip or not, Scott always bring his A Game when it comes to leadership.”
For senior Emanuel Campo, his discipline as a soccer player pays off on the fencing strip as well. “This has been Emanuel’s third year, and because of his work ethic and speed he’s having a great season,” said coach Allen.  “Emanuel works really hard at practice and has dethroned some really good fencers.
For senior Emanuel Campo, his discipline as a soccer player pays off on the fencing strip as well. “This has been Emanuel’s third year, and because of his work ethic and speed he’s having a great season,” said coach Allen. “Emanuel works really hard at practice and has dethroned some really good fencers."

There’s a high level of excitement this year on the Men’s Fencing team. “For a coach, it’s a lot more streamlined to build an all-round fencer if they already believe in themselves and possess a good level of self esteem," said varsity coach Jeremy Allen. The team will finish their final regular season this week with senior night on Wednesday February 1st at 6PM in the South Gymnasium, and then host the Section XI Championships this Saturday, February 4th in the North Gymnasium. The team is doing well at 11-4 as they prepare for their final regular season match against a tough Commack team.

“We have a great group of seniors who are focused on teamwork, building up tomorrow’s fencers to take their place, while at the same time working hard at bringing home some Gold at various tournaments and hopefully at this Saturday’s Championships,” said Allen. “I’ve never seen a group of guys so ready and so willing to take on the county’s top teams like Ward Melville, who continue their dominance at the top of the charts.”

At the start of the season, Sabre and Foil were the dominant weapons for the Wildcats with a younger Epee squad who have emerged as some of the teams top athletes. Fencers who Coach Allen feels could have a big day at the ‘Counties’ include Chris Babinski and Mark Dammer; both juniors on the Sabre squad with well over a 65% win/loss percentage with both having strong mid-season tournament outings. “Both of these guys have either medaled or thrown off really good fencers from other schools,” said Allen. Lead by Captain Steven Ciravolo, Sabres should be a tough squad to beat.

For Jeremy Allen, Whitman Class of 2012, this is now in his fifth-year coaching and will be sending off a dozen seniors, several of which were once his teammates. The team has been doing exceptionally well this year and their teamwork, and the ‘family’ atmosphere that they cultivate has made all the difference. 

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