The CBA varsity fencing team made the most of its condensed, shortened schedule this winter.
The Colts posted a 6-1 record and finished the season ranked number three in the state by NJ.com.
Junior Jorge Gana was named NJ.com's Fencer of the Year after going 14-1 on the season in the epee division. His lone loss came against Newark Academy, the number one ranked team in the state.
“Each time you get on the strip, you can’t take any bout for granted,” he said in his NJ.com interview. “It’s something I’ve learned in high school fencing the hard way because we fence a lot of good teams.”
Gana was complimented by senior John Morreale, who was a standout in the saber division. Morreale earned a spot on NJ.com's all-state second team for the saber weapon.
"In a season when some schools' top fencers decided not to fence, all our top fencers came out and it paid off," head coach Mary Mottola said. "We practiced hard, won our meets, and the boys had fun together."
Christian Brothers won meets against some of the top fencing schools across New Jersey, including Columbia, Don Bosco, St. Augustine and Princeton.
With no postseason tournament, NJ.com dubbed CBA's matchup with No. 1 Newark Academy as the de facto state championship. It was an incredibly close match, with Newark Academy winning 15-12. CBA won sabre 5-4, while Newark Academy took foil 6-3 and epee 5-4.
All in all, the Colts certainly proved they were one of the best teams in the state.