A New Chapter for Gray Bees Fencing


Mr. Richard Molina

St. Benedict’s Varsity Fencing Team practices footwork in the new Cetrulo Family Fencing Center to strengthen offensive and defensive moves.

A new season approaches for the Fencing team and the keyword is “potential.” 

Assistant Coach Mr. Elliot McFarland believes the team has the capacity to outperform last  year’s team “if our work matches our potential.”

Last year, the fencing team became Prep State Champions, fifth at the Cetrulo tournament, and finished the season with 13 wins and 1 loss. The team also graduated four seniors who played a major role in these victories.

This year’s captains that will help guide the team toward success are: Richard Ohia (Head Captain); Seun Eisape (Epee Captain); Nolan Williams (Sabre Captain); and Ryan Teran (Foil Captain).

 “This year is no different, we will reach our expectations,” Captain Richard Ohia said.

At a team meeting, team members and coaches expressed their goals for this year as remaining undefeated all season, earning a top-three slot at Cetrulos, and winning first place at Prep State Champs. Francisco Correia shared his ideas and said, “It all depends on how hard we push ourselves during practices and now during preseason.”

For all of this to come true, the captains decided together to have the varsity squad practice in both the fencing facility, and work out in the school’s Crossfit box. Head Coach Mr. Richard Molina believes this will “hopefully push us towards success.” 

The team’s first match of the season is on Dec. 9 against Riverdale Country Day School and Richard Ohia says “we will definitely be prepared because we’ve been working extremely hard during pre-season.”