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Mark Dammer, Adam Meskill help Whitman fencing to strong start

Walt Whitman's Adam Meskill gets ready to go

Walt Whitman's Adam Meskill gets ready to go up against Sayville's Connor Cutolo on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Credit: Bob Sorensen

Mark Dammer and Adam Meskill helped Whitman get off to a fast start to the season.

Dammer went 3-0 in sabre and Meskill went 3-0 in foil to lead the visiting Wildcats to a 20-7 win over Sayville Friday night in its Suffolk I boys fencing season opener.

“It’s a morale boost when you start the season with a win,” said Meskill, who was a county finalist last season. Both he and Dammer qualified for February’s Junior Olympics in Kansas City, and will lead a Wildcats team that seems poised to improve on last year’s 6-6 record.

“We have a lot of talent. We just have to drive ourselves forward,” Meskill added.

Dammer, Chris Babinski (3-0 in sabre), Steve Ciravolo (2-0 in sabre), Meskill and Jordan Roiland won the first five bouts of the match, giving Whitman an early edge.

“A good start is what makes the rest of the match, so those were definitely the most important bouts,” Dammer said.

Scott McEntee also went 3-0 in epee for the Wildcats.

Connor Cutolo and Andrew Dyckman both went 2-1 in foil for an improving Sayville team that is in its second season as a varsity program.

Experienced Whitman girls team impresses. Expectations are high for a deep, senior-laden Whitman girls team, which opened its season with a 20-7 win over the Golden Flashes.

Kayla Soulias and Maegan Guzman went 3-0 in foil, Melissa Shaiman went 3-0 in sabre, and Anne Rodriguez and Nicole Algierie both went 3-0 in epee for the Wildcats.

“Last year was a rebuilding year,” Soulias said. “We lost a lot of seniors two years ago, but we didn’t graduate anyone after last year and have 13 seniors this year. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Whitman was led by its foil and epee squads, which both went 8-1. Alyssa Morisco went 2-0 in foil and Paige Tortorice went 2-0 in epee.

Madelyn Wagner and Mary Wisseman both went 2-1 in sabre for Sayville.

“They bring the heart and the want this year, and that makes you really excited,” coach Jacquelyn Addeo said. “They just keep pushing themselves a little bit more each night, so they’ll build off this.”

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