Former NJSIAA State Champion wins NCAAs

University of Pennsylvania junior, Michael Mills, captured the NCAA Individual Men’s Sabre title in Houston, TX a couple weeks ago. With many former New Jersey High School fencers competing, Mills was the only one to take home the win. Back in 2010, Mills won the NJSIAA Men’s Sabre title for Millburn High School in the same year the team won the overall championship. Check out some old and new articles about Mills and his reposted article from an interview he did as Fencer-of-the-Week in the Star Ledger:

Former Millburn High School fencing star wins NCAA title

Michael Mills NCAA Champion

NJ boys fencing: Mills, Hadzic, Kaneshige win titles at state tournament

MIKE MILLS, MILLBURN
Senior, sabre, 6-5, 210 pounds

JUST THE FACTS: He has gone 22-2 in dual meets, including 6-0 in state team tournament meets. He finished 10-0 in the opening pool, helping Millburn to second overall, and was 8-2 in the final pool on the way to winning his second individual title at the District 3 tournament. He took seventh in the junior division at the Junior Olympics this past weekend. Mills earned his way onto the cadet national team and finished second at the state individual tournament last winter.
PERSONAL GOAL: “To win the state individual sabre title.”
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Making the cadet national team last year.”
BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT:  “Nothing with technique. Just my strategy and tactics have gotten better lately.”
FENCING IDOL: Keeth Smart, the two-time NCAA champion and silver medalist in the 2008 Olympics. “I still practice with him sometimes.”
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “My dad, Robert, started me when I was young and he is there for moral support. He doesn’t watch me too much these days because he gets too nervous.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “South Park.”
FAVORITE MOVIE: “Gladiator.”
FAVORITE BOOK: “1984” by George Orwell.
INTEREST/HOBBIES:  “I’ve played the viola since the third grade. I still take lessons and play in the school orchestra.”
FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Boxer Floyd Mayweather. “He’s undefeated and kind of flashy and in your face. He’s really competitive.”
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: New York Giants.
THREE FOR DINNER: “My grandfather, who passed away; Elliot Tusk, a fellow fencer from New York state, and Martin Luther King.”

NJSIAA All State Teams

This post is long over due, but here are the Star Ledger’s 2012-13 All-State Team selections for New Jersey High School Fencing:

Boys Fencer-of-the-Year: Gabe Canaux (Montclair)
Girls Fencer-of-the-Year: Francesca Russo (Wayne Valley)

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Boys Team-of-the-Year: Columbia
Girls Team-of-the-Year: Northern Highlands

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BOYS FIRST TEAM

SABRE: Alex Gorloff, Ramapo; Andrew Doddo, Columbia; Khalil Thompson, Teaneck
FOIL: John Vaiani, Christian Brothers Academy; Drew Johnston, Hunterdon Central; George Haglund, Newark Academy
EPEE: Gabriel Canaux, Montclair; Cooper Schumacher, Pompton Lakes; Eric Gardner, Watchung Hills

SECOND TEAM
Sabre: Jarett Lewis, St. Peter’s Prep; Adam Carcione, Ramapo; Connor Mills, St. Augustine
Foil: David Kong, St. Peter’s Prep; Yashu Srivastav, Watchung Hills; Jared LeBron, Columbia
Epee: Max Gould, Columbia; Albert Reiss, Millburn; Sam Judd, Ramapo

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THIRD TEAM
Sabre: Michael Leung, West Windsor North; Wenrui Lu, Pingry; Danny Dembner, Millburn
Foil: Albert Zhang, North Hunterdon; Jake Schulman, Northern Highlands; Calvin Au, Bernards
Epee: Christian Aguilar, Moorestown Friends; Antonio Fuda, Christian Brothers Academy; Lars Swanson, Mendham

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ALL-PREP
Sabre: Jacky Lam, Lawrenceville; Nyle Neuman, Princeton Day; Rob Hedberg, Hun
Foil: Matt Giannotti, Princeton Day; Tom McNulty, Hun; Elijah Acevedo, St. Benedict’s Prep
Epee: Jong-Wan Kagabo, St. Benedict’s Prep; Matt Cavuto, Princeton Day; Max Nye, Princeton Day

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GIRLS FIRST TEAM

SABRE: Francesca Russo, Wayne Valley; Alisha Gomez-Shah, Wayne Hills; Allison Lee, Northern Highlands
FOIL: Sarah Pak, Northern Highlands; Samantha Viquiera, Columbia; Liana Yamin, Northern Highlands
EPEE: Amy Tong, Ridge; Katherine Couch, Montgomery; Brianna Valese, Livingston

SECOND TEAM
Sabre: Elysia Wang, West Windsor North; Alex Viquiera, Columbia; Julia Greene, Voorhees
Foil: Gabby D’Astoli, Hunterdon Central; Kristen Coury, Bernards; Nicole Vianni, Ranney
Epee: Lizzy Elkind, Bernards; Helen Sakharova, Bergen Tech; Sarah Redick, Mendham

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THIRD TEAM
Sabre: Katie Khaw, West Windsor North; Cindy Oh, Northern Highlands; Alicja Tomaszewski, Morris Hills
Foil: Anastasiya Muravyeva, Fair Lawn; Sophia Holmqvist, Northern Highlands; Kristen Kemnitzer, West Windsor South
Epee: Alaina Jennings, Gov. Livingston; Ashley Hahn, Bernards; Fiana Fong, Watchung Hills

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ALL-PREP
Sabre: Celeste Matsui, Lawrenceville; Claire Zau, Lawrenceville; Janice Luo, Lawrenceville
Foil: Tara Fish, Lawrenceville; Maria Chaves, Princeton Day; Annete Jeffs, Hun
Epee: Noelle Baptiste, Hun; Yang, Lawrenceville; Judy Zhu, Hun

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