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On Sunday, ICJA Fencing Aces had their last meet of the season. The home meet originally scheduled for February 2nd was cancelled due to the blizzard, and was rescheduled for this past week at Highland Park High School. The Aces faced off against Highland Park/Deerfield and Hinsdale Central.In men’s epee, The Aces fenced against the 7-man DHP squad. Team manager Josh Polster, and Squad leader Zach Rubin both finished with 4 victories and 3 losses. Freshman Ezra Schur finished with 3 victories and 4 losses . Sam Shoshani brought home one victory for a final score of 12-16.

In women’s epee, ICJA’s two-person squad comprised of Nava Wolgel and Tziona Chernoff dominated the Hinsdale women finishing with 6 wins and 2 losses. Both Wolgel and Chernoff won 3 and lost 1. Chernoff won two of her bouts in overtime. Against DHP, the final score was 6 wins and 4 losses, with Wolgel going undefeated.

Women’s foil was a nail-biter. The Aces tied DHP 3-3 but won in touches scored 27-22. Women’s team captain Dena Lebowitz won both of her bouts, Tova Hope-Liel won one of her two, and Chaya Feige Friedman lost two bouts by one touch each.

In men’s foil, Senior Max Brasch finished off his ICJA fencing career going undefeated against DHP. Sophomore Shimon Stein added another victory to clinch the 4-2 win.

Michael Julio Price, the lone men’s saber fencer, fenced against Hinsdale Central and DHP, finishing 1-3.
Brocha Shanes brought home the only women’s saber victory in a tough match against DHP. Masha Matten, Gail Schneiderman, and Sarah Quintas kept the remaining bouts close, but fell to their opponents 1-7.The final tally for the ICJA fencers was 4 victories to 3 defeats. The top finisher of the day was Nava Wolgel who went 8-1!!

Coach Price and Coach Rubin are blown away by how far this team has come this year. The women’s saber and women’s epee squads were comprised of mostly beginners, but they have grown in strength and confidence. We will only be losing one senior on the women’s team, Nechama Goldstein, so we expect to see a higher level of experience and skill in next year’s squads.

The men’s team will be saying goodbye to seniors Zachary Rubin, Max Brasch, and team captain Yishai Campbell.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our seniors who were a part of this team from the beginning and have helped ensure its future. Many thanks to our coaches for their dedication and hard work.

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