HONORS AND AWARDS:
NCAA Third-Place Finisher (2010)
NCAA Eighth-Place Finisher (2009)
First Team All-American (2010)
Second Team All-American (2009)
MFC Foil Runner-Up (2009, 2010, 2011)
First Team All-MFC (2009, 2010, 2011)
AS A SENIOR: Tied for third in the foil at the NCAA Championships, and was named as a first team All-American … selected as the foil team[apos]s Most Valuable Player, and was tabbed as the Monogram Club men[apos]s fencing Most Valuable Player … collected fourth monogram … top-finisher in the foil among 73 competitors at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, earning first team all-MFC honors … ranked third on the Irish roster and first for the foil team with a 42-8 regular season record … achieved a career record of 132-30 … started the season 11-0 at the Air Force Duals, chipping in 3-0 match sweeps over Stanford and UC San Diego … led the Irish with a 12-2 record at the St. John[apos]s Duals … overcame Stanford[apos]s Eli Schenkel (finished ninth at the NCAA Championships) 5-3 in a 3-0 match sweep of host St. John[apos]s … defeated Lucas Lin (finished eighth at the NCAA Championships) from No. 6 Harvard 5-2 … wrapped up the St. John[apos]s Duals with a 5-1 victory over Daniel Gomez (finished 10th at the NCAA Championships) and David Gomez (finished 18th at the NCAA Championships) from No. 5 Penn State … led the foil team with an 11-2 showing at the NYU Duals repeating with a victory over Schenkel (5-0) … gathered a 3-0 match sweep over No. 9 Columbia, surrendering a single touch … recorded a bout victory over Wayne State[apos]s Zach Kaiser (5-3) at the Notre Dame Duals … achieved a 7-3 record at the Northwestern Duals, outlasting Alexander Mills (tied for third at the NCAA Championships) from No. 2 Princeton 5-2 … captured 2-0 match sweeps over Duke and UC San Diego at the Northwestern Duals.
AS A JUNIOR: Concluded the year with a record of 23-7 … earned third monogram … opened up the season going 8-2 at the NYU Invitational … clinched the foil victory over Yale with a 5-2 victory over Shiv Kachru … also clinched foil against Stevens Tech, downing Brandon Gnash 5-0 … recorded one win against St. John[apos]s with a decision over Wilfred Curioso, 5-1 … finished the event going 1-0 against both NYU and Ohio State … posted a record of 5-4 at the St. John[apos]s Challenge the following day … opened the tournament with a 3-0 card against Ohio State, including clinching the foil with a 5-2 victory over NCAA participant Samuel Hardwicke-Brown … clinched the foil and the overall match with 5-2 win over Eli Schenkel of St. John[apos]s … competed in only one match at the Notre Dame Duals, going 2-0 against Air Force … earned the foil clincher in that contest, taking down Yevgeny Shmurak 5-0 … the following day, put together a ledger of 5-1 at the Northwestern Duals … clinched the foil against Princeton in the opening match, defeating Robert Malcolm 5-2 … earned a priority overtime win against UC San Diego[apos]s Michael Fong, 5-4 … ended regular season going 3-0 at the Irish Duals, going 1-0 in each of the three matchups against Chicago, Illinois and Michigan State … finished runner-up at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships for third consecutive season … entered direct elimination as the top seed after finishing pool play with a 6-0 record and a +28 indicator … rolled into the finals with wins over Michigan State[apos]s Nate Wilson (15-9), Northwestern[apos]s Jonathan Kim (15-3), Wayne State[apos]s Tim Mulligan (15-1) and teammate Nickolas Kubik (15-9) before falling to Ohio State[apos]s Zain Shaito in the Championship bout, 15-11 … also helped men[apos]s foil team claim the team title the following day … ended postseason with a second-place showing at the NCAA Midwest Regional, putting together an 8-1 record with a +32 indicator.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Completed his sophomore campaign with a record of 38-6, a silver medal at the Midwest Conference Championships, and a bronze medal at the NCAA Championships … started the season with a 9-1 record at the NYU Invitational, posting perfect records against Yale, Columbia, Stevens Tech, NYU and Ohio State … recorded a 6-1 record at the St. John[apos]s Challenge, posting three wins out of three bouts and clinching the win against St. John[apos]s … beat out his record at the Northwestern Duals, posting an 11-4 record … proved as dominant force at the Duals, clinching wins over Stanford, Princeton, and Wayne State while also posting perfect 3-0 winning records over Stanford and Wayne State … won all nine of his bouts at the Notre Dame Duals to aid the Irish in taking down Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Illinois, Chicago, Cleveland State, Indiana and Detroit … began the Midwest Conference Championships with a bye, followed by victories over Indiana[apos]s Ekram Hossain, Northwestern[apos]s Alex Dranove, Ohio State[apos]s Ben Parkins, and Notre Dame[apos]s Steve Kubik, before being defeated by teammate Gerek Meinhardt in the finals … took second at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, losing to Meinhardt, 15-10, in the final round … completed the year by tying for a bronze medal at the NCAA Championships with a round robin record of 16-7, losing to David Willette (Penn State), 15-11, in the semifinals … named the team[apos]s Most Valuable Foilist.
AS A FRESHMAN: Placed eighth at the NCAA Championships to earn second-team All-American honor … posted a 29-9 regular season record … led all Irish men[apos]s foilists at the St. John[apos]s Duals with a 5-1 record … earned his first career victory against Columbia[apos]s Isaac Kim (5-1) … went 9-2 at the NYU Invitational … in Notre Dame[apos]s come-from-behind win over Columbia at the NYU Duals, gave Irish the lead for good with a 5-2 win over Sherif Farrag … finished 6-4 at the Northwestern Duals, including a 2-0 mark against Johns Hopkins … led the Irish men[apos]s foil team at the Duke Duals with an 8-1 record … went 9-2 at the Notre Dame Duals … made a run to the finals of the Midwest Conference Championships to earn first-team all-conference honors … in the championships, was seeded fifth after pool play, earning a first-round bye … in the round of 64, knocked off Azim Ghandi of Illinois, 15-3, before beating Zach Newman of Ohio State, 15-3, in the round of 32 … then beat Purdue[apos]s Pavel Pruksakov, 15-3, to advance to the quarterfinals, where he knocked off Philip Chan of Illinois, 15-2 … defeated Notre Dame teammate Zach Schirtz in the quarterfinals,15-8, to advance to the finals … fell 15-5 to Ohio State[apos]s Andras Horanyi in the finals to claim second place … led the Irish men[apos]s foil team at the NCAA Midwest Regionals with a bronze medal finish … in final eight table, outlasted Meinhardt,15-13, to advance to the semifinals … in the semifinals, lost to top-seeded and eventual champion Andras Horanyi of Ohio State, 15-8 … beat teammate Reggie Bentley, 15-8, in the third-place bout to claim the bronze … went 13-9 at the NCAA Championships to place eighth … beat eventual champion Nicholas Chinman of Penn State, 5-0, in the round robin.
PREP & PERSONAL: Coached by Volodymyr Yefimov and trained at the Fencing Institute in Texas while in high school … qualified for 2008 U.S. National Foil Team … won the NAC Junior Tournament in Atlanta (2008) … finished second at same event at senior level … gold medalist at the 2007 Cadet World Cup event held in Koblenz, Germany … finished in third place at the 2007 Cadet World Championships in Belek, Turkey … son of Fernando and Terry Castellani … oldest of three siblings … earned a degree in art history and design from the College of Arts and Letters.
Castellani[apos]s Career Record