Growing Pains for Boys Fencing

Junior Chris Grillo is adjusting after transitioning from fencing left handed to right handed.
Junior Chris Grillo is adjusting after transitioning from fencing left handed to right handed.
Aiden Luebker made a huge jump since last year and is becoming more effective on the strip.
Aiden Luebker made a huge jump since last year and is becoming more effective on the strip.
Fencers such as 9th grader Martin Stone leave coach happy with the progression he’s seen so far from his young players.
Fencers such as 9th grader Martin Stone leave coach happy with the progression he’s seen so far from his young players.
Junior Owen Banting was named captain as Coach Pietsch considers him his “go-to guy.”
Junior Owen Banting was named captain as Coach Pietsch considers him his “go-to guy.”

For Zach Pietsch, this is his second year coaching the boys fencing team and expects this season to be one full of growth. This year the team is very new, with only 5 returning athletes as the rest have graduated. Coach Pietsch admits that he has some expectations, but above all, he wants to see growth within each player as every day is a progression working with the team.

Coach highlights a few of his fencers that have been stepping up at the beginning of their season. Saber fencer Owen Banting is a junior who has been fencing since 8th grade. As a junior, he’s been named a captain and Coach Pietsch sees him as his “go-to guy.” He expects highly of him and says how “Owen’s progression is outstanding as a fencer and he always produces.” Senior epee fencer Max Fisher is another athlete coach highlights as an accountable player who also produces. Max recently placed 7th out of 64 at the Brentwood tournament.

Foil fencer Chris Grillo is another player Coach expects highly of, even as the junior adjusts this season while he switches from fencing lefty to righty. Transitioning hands is a big step for him and while there is work to be done, Coach appreciates Grillo’s positive personality and knows he can handle the adjustment.

Aiden Luebker is a junior foil fencer who has made a huge jump since last year and is understanding the sport better and becoming more effective on the strip this year.

With such a new team, fencers such as ninth grader Martin Stone leave coach happy with the progression he’s seen so far from his young players. With only one senior on this year’s roster, the team will get valuable experience and move forward as the season unfolds.