Enzo Castellani was one of three Irish fencers to reach 100 career victories at the Western Duals.

Irish Men's Fencing Opens Season With Sweep At Western Duals

Jan. 8, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Notre Dame men’s fencing team started its season with a bang, posting a perfect 6-0 record at the Western Duals on Saturday at Falcon Gym. Senior foilists Enzo Castellani and Reggie Bentley and sabreist Keith Feldman all reached the 100-win plateau for their careers at the event.

After starting off the day with an impressive 26-1 win over Cal Tech, that saw epee go 8-1 with foil and sabre going a perfect 9-0, the Irish reeled off a 23-4 decision over UC San Diego, aided by foil and sabre going 8-1 and epee going 7-2. The third match of the day saw Notre Dame claim its first perfect sheet as the squad took down Swarthmore 27-0.

Entering on a high note, the Irish faced their two toughest matches of the event against Air Force and Stanford. Though getting tested in both contests, Notre Dame emerged with identical 18-9 victories, with sabre (7-2) pacing the team in the Air Force match and foil (9-0) proving unbeatable in the Stanford contest. With only one match left on the day, the Irish posted their second perfect ledger in defeating Florida 27-0.

Notre Dame’s foil squad paced the team on the day, posting a total record of 50-4. Bentley led the way with a 15-1 record overall that saw him reach the 100-win plateau with his victory over Andrew Scheuermann of Stanford, 5-0. Castellani joined the fellow senior on the 100-win chart with his 5-0 victory over Isaac Madan of Stanford. For the day, Castellani finished with a perfect 11-0 record. Also competing in foil was Nickolas Kubik and Nicholas Crebs who finished with individual records of 13-3 and 11-0, respectively.

Sabre finished just behind the foil squad, concluding with a 48-6 record on the day. In finishing with a record of 11-2 at the tournament, Feldman himself reached the 100-win mark with a 5-1 decision over Stanford’s Cameron Lindsay. Jason Choy posted a perfect mark at the Western Duals, finishing 10-0. Kevin Hassett (11-1) and Alexander Coccia (10-2) joined the competitors to reach 10 wins on the day. William Meckling finished his first tournament with the Irish with a 6-1 record.

Epee rounded out the Irish dominance, finishing with a mark of 41-13. Michael Rossi led the way in terms of victories, posting a record of 11-4, while the remaining three Irish epeeists – James Kaull (10-3), Jack Piasio (10-4), Dale Purdy (10-2) – reached the 10-win platform.

The Irish take a two-week hiatus from NCAA action with a North America Cup (NAC) event occurring in Portland, Ore., from Jan. 13-16. The following weekend (Jan. 21-22) both the men’s and women’s teams head to New York to take part in the St. John’s Duals and the NYU Duals.

Western Duals Results - Falcon Gym - Colorado Spring, Colo.:Match 1: Notre Dame 26, Cal Tech 1 (Epee: 8-1, Foil: 9-0, Sabre: 9-0)Match 2: Notre Dame 23, UC San Diego 4 (Epee: 7-2, Foil: 8-1, Sabre: 8-1)Match 3: Notre Dame 27, Swarthmore 0 (Epee: 9-0, Foil: 9-0, Sabre: 9-0)Match 4: Notre Dame 18, Air Force 9 (Epee: 5-4, Foil: 6-3, Sabre: 7-2)Match 5: Notre Dame 18, Stanford 9 (Epee: 3-6, Foil: 9-0, Sabre: 6-3)Match 6: Notre Dame 27, Florida 0 (Epee: 9-0, Foil: 9-0, Sabre: 9-0)