UND Roster

2015-16 Fencing Roster

John Hallsten


Height 5'11''
Class Senior
Hometown Sacramento, CA
High School Christian Brothers


  • 2013, 2014 NCAA Championships Qualifier
  • 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional Men’s Sabre Champion
  • 2013, 2014 Midwest Fencing Championship Men’s Sabre Runner-Up
  • 2013, 2014 First Team All-MFC
  • 2015, 2016 All-ACC Academic Team
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 Dan Mulligan Men’s Sabre Leadership Award
  • 2016 Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award
  • 2015, 2016 Team Captain

AS A SENIOR: Turned in a 43-14 regular-season record, moving into sixth place in program history in career men’s sabre wins (161-83, .657) … ranks 14th in all-time wins in program history (all weapons) … placed sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional, posting a 5-4 record on the day … came in eighth place at the ACC Championships during individual competition … went 7-2 during ACC team play to help the Irish men to their second straight ACC Championship … began the season with a 10-3 mark at the Penn Elite Invitational … went 17-3 at the Northwestern Duals … finished the regular season with a 9-6 mark at the Duke Duals … earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Strong competitor for the Irish, amassing a 38-25 record in his third season with the team … began the year 6-5 at the Ohio State Elite Cup, and went on to log 8-7 and 3-6 records at the St. John’s and NYU Invitationals respectively … earned 9-3 mark at Northwestern Duals, before finishing the regular season 5-1 at the DeCicco Duals … earned 4-3 mark at ACC Championship, helping the men’s team clinch the team title … in Columbus, Ohio, bested Pennsylvania’s Sean Turner 5-4 before suffering a 5-2 loss to Isaac Buchwald … won three bouts against Princeton foes, out-dueling Michael Wiest 5-1, Edward Chin 5-4 and Peter Pak 5-3 … earned three losses against Penn State combatants and finished the tournament 2-1 against Ohio State bouters … at St. John’s, got off to a slow start but notably beat Harvard’s Duncan O’Brien 5-2 and St. John’s Andre Varmado Jr. 5-0 … finished the tournament beating Columbia’s Rienzi Goeka 5-2 … at NYU Invite, narrowly lost to Yale’s Hugh O’Cinneide 5-4 but went on to beat Ian Richards 5-0 and Alan Zhang 5-2 … emerged victorious against Columbia’s Will Spear (5-2) and Michael Josephs (5-2) … again beat Varmado Jr. 5-3 … finished the tournament beating NYU’s Jerry Xu, 5-1, Quinten Burgunder, 5-3, and Stephan Teng 5-2 … at Northwestern meet, beat Peter Pak and Michael Wiest 5-4 but suffered a 5-1 loss to Edward Chin … bested two Pennsylvania combatants before going 2-1 against Stanford … out-touched David Beam and Daniel Wolfson 5-3 but lost 5-4 to Logan Spear … beat Air Force’s Ryan Andrieux 5-3 and Emiliano Kaptain 5-4 … finished the tournament with a 5-2 victory over Cal Tech’s Colin Murphy … at DeCicco Duals, bested Cleveland State’s Matthew Gebbett 5-3 … went undefeated against Wayne State … only loss of the tournament came against Lawrence’s Graham Jones, 5-4 … finished with a 5-1 victory over Detroit’s Chuck Neubecker … in individual competition at ACC Championship, finished fourth with a 12-3 pool record, suffering a 15-14 semifinal loss to teammate Jonathan Fitzgerald and losing to Duke’s Pascual Di Tella 15-11 in the third-place bout … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Placed 13th at NCAA Championships, earning 49-21 record on the year to improve career win-loss record to 80-44 … began season with a 12-5 mark at the NYU Invitational, including a 3-0 sweep of Yale’s Ian Richards (5-3), Hugh O’Cinneide (5-2) and Reed Srere (5-1) in first match … won five of first six bouts at the St. John’s Invite, besting Ohio State’s Rhys Douglas (5-3), Nitikorn Dornhandaeng (5-1) and Alistair Delchamps (5-4) before out-dueling Penn State’s Alex Schneller (5-3) and Adrian Bak (5-3) … lost to savvy Nittany Lion contestant Kaito Streets, 5-1 … bounced back from slow start at the Northwestern Duals by breezing through final three match-ups, including 3-0 sweep of Cal Tech’s Marco Cruz-Heredia (5-0), Christopher Cousté (5-1) and Harrison Miller (5-2) … posted impressive 11-3 record at the DeCicco Duals whilst cruising through final seven bouts … at NCAA Midwest Regionals, earned the No. 1 seed but was upset by Ohio State’s Fares Arfa, 15-8 to finish third … earned a monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: posted best record of any men’s sabreist with a 36-23 record … was Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Runner-Up … competed at NCAA Championships, finishing in 18th place … at the St. John’s Invitational posted an 8-7 mark … in his first bout as an Irishman, defeated Andrew McDonald of Ohio State 5-2 before being out-dueled by defending NCAA Champion Max Stearns, 5-3 … dropped three bouts against Penn State, but won against Harvard’s Alexander Ryjik with a 5-4 decision … versus Columbia was undefeated, earning wins against Michael Josephs 5-4, Rienzi Gokea 5-1 and Geoffrey Loss 5-2 … posted a nearly identical record at the NYU Invite the next day, going 8-6 … notched a pair of 5-4 wins over Yale and bested William Zhao 5-2 … after struggling against Columbia, won a match with North Carolina’s Nate Wiecha five touches to two … dropped a pair of 5-3 bouts to St. John’s bouters, but came back strong and was undefeated against host NYU … blanked Jerry Xu 5-0 and overpowered Stephan Teng 5-1 before escaping with a 5-4 victory over Patrick Glodkowski … went 6-8 at the Northwestern Duals, his only losing record of the season … notched a duet of 5-1 victories over Cal Tech, blanking Walter Mills 5-0 to go undefeated against the Beavers … impressed at the Duke Duals, posting a 7-2 mark … went 2-1 against Penn State, out-touching Kaito Streets and Pawel Puchalski 5-3 and 5-4, respectively … was undefeated against Johns Hopkins … versus host Duke, logged a 2-1 record, earning impressive wins over Eugene Chung 5-4 and Charles Copti, 5-3 … was one of three sabreurs to go undefeated at the Notre Dame Duals, posting a perfect 7-0 record … against Wayne State, blanked Adam Kessler 5-0 … several bouts later, posted another 5-0 rout against Northwestern’s John Kinol … went back and forth with Lawrence’s Graham Jones before finally gaining the upper hand and advancing 5-3 … finished the day with two wins against Air Force, besting Ryan Redhead 5-3 and Emiliano Kaptain 5-1 … at MFC Championships, finished pool play 6-0 with a +22 indicator … earned lopsided wins against Keith Goodwin (Oakland) 15-4, Christopher Edwards (Iowa) 15-10 and Jones (Lawrence) 15-1 … went back and forth with Irish teammate Kevin Hassett before winning 15-14 to advance into the semifinals against Nikita Silantyev (Wayne State) … kept his poise and won, 15-11, to advance into the final bout … fell to top-seeded Stearns of Ohio State 15-9 but copped First Team All-MFC Honors … at the NCAA Midwest Regional the following week earned the first-place finish and automatic qualifying berth to the Championships with a 12-1 record … competed in a fence-off with fellow teammate Jason Choy, narrowly winning 5-4 … in San Antonio, started the competition 5-2 after the first round … finished in 18th place with a 9-14 overall mark.

PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Christian Brothers High School, and fenced with the Hristov-Csikany club team … gold medalist at the 2010 Cadet Fencing World Cup event in Konin, Poland … earned fifth place at the Cadet World Cup event in Meylan, France, that same year … member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society … son of Jeff and Michelle Hallsten … has three sisters, Annie, Katie and Molly … enrolled in the college of Arts & Letters, majoring in pre-professional studies.

Hallsten’s Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2012-13 36 23 .610 18th
2013-14 49 21 .700 13th
2014-15 38 25 .603
2015-16 43 14 .754
Career 161 83 .60 13th