About the Team
Morris Catholic has been proud to offer a fencing team since 2008 and is one of 60 schools that have a three weapon program. Each year the team attends the Santelli/Cetrulo tournament, the largest high school tournament in the world with over 3000 fencers in competition. In 2018, 40 students participated in fencing, 10% of the school's population at the time. 95-96% of MC Fencers begin fencing their freshmen year with us, having no prior training, and we have worked with them to hold various District and State individual titles mentioned below. We do not require training to be part of our team, however many of our varsity fencers train off season at local fencing clubs.
The Morris Catholic Fencing Team Tradition is to ensure that all people can fence while at Morris Catholic. Our Varsity team is competitive and usually consists of the best fencers at the school, but we do not cut from our JV squad.
- Morris Catholic's Girl's Sabre Squad placed 3rd at Districts and qualified for the state championships where they placed 19th in the state
- Sarah Materasso '18 was one of the top 20 Sabre Fencers in the state
- Morris Catholic's Foil Squad placed 2nd at the District Championships and qualified for the state championships where they placed 15th in the state.
- Sarah Materasso '18 (Sabre) and Alekho Graham '17 (Foil) were both of the top fencers in the state for their weapon
Crusaders Fencing in College
Alekho Graham '17 - Drew University
Zachary Clark '17 - Cleveland State University
About the Coaches
Mike Malecki, Head Coach
Coach Malecki is the founding coach of Morris Catholic Fencing team. He has coached the team for 8 years. Coach Malecki specializes in the instruction of Foil and Epee. This year he led his foil squad to a 15 th place state finish. Before coaching at Morris Catholic, Coach Malecki was a Fencer with West Virginia University fencing club, started the Seton Hill University Fencing Program, and was a safety marshal for a historical fencing society and achieved an Award of Arms in that group. He is a life member of the US Fencing Association, a member of the US Fencing Coaches Association and a USFA trained referee. He also instructs foil and epee in the off season at Forte Fencing in Rockaway, NJ. Mr. Malecki also teaches Social Studies for Sophomores through Seniors at Morris Catholic.
Ken Orben, Sabre Coach
Ken started fencing as a Freshman at Morris Hills High School in 2007, and became the varsity sabre captain as a Senior. Following graduation he fenced for the Penn State Fencing Club where he fenced competitively with the club as a part of the Southern Atlantic Conference. He served as Vice President of the club from the Fall 2013 semester until the Fall 2014 semester. He became an assistant coach at the Central Pennsylvania Fencing Club in 2013, and coached for two years before graduating from Penn State. As a member of the Penn State Fencing Club, he has won several team tournaments, including Holy Grail and the SAC North Meet.
Angela Cullen, Foil Coach
Angela started fencing at Randolph High School in 2007. She became the varsity foil captain as a Senior. After graduation she went on to study Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University where she continued to fence competitively with the Penn State Fencing club as part of the Southern Atlantic Conference. She has participated in several team tournaments, including the Holy Grail and the SAC North Meet. She is a member of the USFA and continues to fence competitively.
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