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SBP indoor track & field team wins back-to-back country relays
Wrestlers beat Ivingston; place third at Ironman Invitational

Jan. 8, 2017

The Gray Bee fencing team trains and competes in the Cetrulo Family Fencing Room at St. Benedict’s Prep.

The Cetrulo family roots run deep in the fencing community of New Jersey and have one of the most prominent tournaments in the country named after them – the Cetrulo Tournament is held each year in the Garden State.

Lawrence Cetrulo, an attorney, who was a three-time All-American fencer at Harvard University, is a huge supporter of St. Benedict’s and a number of other programs in the Northeast.

On Friday, the Gray Bees went out and fenced their best match of the season, beating Lawrence Cetrulo’s high school alma mater, Newark Academy, by at 17-10 score in the Cetrulo Family Fencing Room at St. Benedict’s.

Newark Academy, also a huge beneficiary of the Cetrulo family, is coached by Philippe Brillant, a St. Benedict’s grad from 2007, who fenced at The Hive with St. Benedict’s coach Rich Molina ‘06.

“Larry Cetrulo’s family is instrumental to fencing in New Jersey and in Newark,” said Molina. “It was an honor to be a part of continuing his family's legacy in Newark tonight.”

The Gray Bees won the match behind a huge effort by the Sabre contingent.  Senior Captain Sunny Kagabo, juniors Liam Reilly and Ali Aleem, sophomore Khalid Salaam, and freshmen Nolan Williams and Richard Ohia combined for a 9-0 mark in leading the Gray Bees to their first victory after two close losses this winter. Ohia scored his varsity triumph in the match.

St. Benedict’s track & field team, behind first-place finishes in the 4x800-meter relay and the sprint medley relay, won the Essex County Relay Championships on Sunday at the Jersey City Armory. The Gray Bees out-pointed favored East Orange Campus, 54-50, to win back-to-back indoor county relay championships.

Byron Simmons anchored both winning teams to victory with strong 800-meter runs. He was joined in the SMR by Justin Eastman, Macgregore Jeune and Kaylan Depas for a winning time of 3:39.58 and in the 4x800 by Demere Kearney, Adrian Ceballo and Ronald Kigen for a first-place showing of 8:29.52.

The Gray Bees also finished second in the distance medley (Adrian Ceballo, Eli-Allen Smith, Demere Kearney, Ronald Kigen) in 11:02.60, the high jump relay (Macgregore Jeune and Justin Eastman) with a combined leap of 11-6, and the shot put (Justice Mentor and Ankou Doh) with a joint effort of 79-06.

The Gray Bee wrestling team beat Irvington in a dual match, 48-24, on Friday evening in Dalton Gym and came back Saturday to place third behind winning efforts from Deshawn Herbert, Jonathan Reynolds and Michael Okaro at the Dave Ironman Invitational in Staten Island.

(Click here for photos of the Gray Bees' victory over Irvington)

Herbert pinned his way to the championship at 138 pounds in the Ironman, scoring three falls in under 30 seconds in each bout on the mat at Msgr. Farrell High School. Reynolds claimed the title at 170 with a 14-2 victory in the final, while Okaro scored a 6-1 decision in the championship at 220.

Nomar Rodriguez (160 pounds) finished as a runner-up at 160. Finishing third were Julian Aguirre, Sadie Beckles, Devionne Johnson and Ibrahim Mendheim.
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