March 11, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Notre Dame men’s fencing team placed three in the top three Sunday in final-day action at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional at Woodling Gymnasium on the campus of Cleveland State. Men’s foil saw two earn top-three finishes, with Reggie Bentley and Enzo Castellani finishing second and third, respectively.
Bentley and Castellani concluded the pool with identical records of 13-3, but Bentley earned the second-place results based on having a 10-touch advantage on the day at +49. Sophomore Nickolas Kubik finished just outside the top three with an overall record of 12-4 and a +25 indicator, good for fifth. Grant Hodges rounded out the Irish foilists, finishing in ninth with an 8-8 record highlighted by a 5-3 win over Ohio State’s Chris Colley who finished fourth overall.
The Irish sent four to the strip in epee, led by Michael Rossi in sixth place. Rossi concluded the day with a record 12-5 and a +19 indicator. James Kaull, Jack Piasio and Dale Purdy fell just shy of Rossi, finishing in seventh through ninth, respectively. Kaull wrapped up the day with 10 victories, Piasio with nine and Purdy with eight.
Keith Feldman led the way for the sabre squad, finishing in third place overall. The Irish senior finished with a 14-2 record in pool play to tie for first with Ohio State’s Max Stearns and Rhys Douglas, but fell 5-4 in fence-offs against both competitors to finish third.
Jason Choy finished fifth for Notre Dame, concluding the day with a 13-3 mark and a +32 indicator, while Kevin Hassett and Alexander Coccia finished in sixth and ninth respectively. Hassett ended the pool with a mark of 12-4, while Coccia concluded with an 8-8 record.
Notre Dame will learn if it has qualified the maximum 12 fencers for the 2012 NCAA Championship on Tuesday. The Championship, hosted by Ohio State University, runs March 22-25 in the French Fieldhouse in Columbus, Ohio.
Men's Epee Results:1 Kristian Boyadzhiev OHIO STATE2 Marco Canevari OHIO STATE3 Michael Ramlow WAYNE STATE4 Igor Tolkachev OHIO STATE5 Daniel Tafoya OHIO STATE6 Michael Rossi NOTRE DAME7 James Kaull NOTRE DAME8 Jack Piasio NOTRE DAME9 Dale Purdy NOTRE DAME10 Yaroslav Ivanov DETROIT11 Matthew DeStasio LAWRENCE12 Levi Young CLEVELAND STATE13 Brendan O'Flaherty LAWRENCE14 David Cordie LAWRENCE15 Nathan Kumar WAYNE STATE16 Darrin Winston WAYNE STATE17 Ruban Jimmy WAYNE STATE18 Clint Mikek DETROIT
Men's Sabre Results:1 Max Stearns OHIO STATE2 Rhys Douglas OHIO STATE3 Keith Feldman NOTRE DAME4 Max Mogg OHIO STATE5 Jason Choy NOTRE DAME6 Kevin Hassett NOTRE DAME7 Ewan Douglas OHIO STATE8 Nick Silantyev WAYNE STATE9 Alexander Coccia NOTRE DAME10 Tom Bienvenu CLEVELAND STATE11 Wes Miller CLEVELAND STATE12 Keith Bizek WAYNE STATE13 Alan Duff LAWRENCE14 Bryan Twichell CLEVELAND STATE15 Jacob Dargis WAYNE STATE16 Drew Doares LAWRENCE17 Mike McDonald CLEVELAND STATE
Men's Foil Results:1 Zain Shaito OHIO STATE2 Reggie Bentley NOTRE DAME3 Enzo Castellani NOTRE DAME4 Chris Colley OHIO STATE5 Nickolas Kubik NOTRE DAME6 Quentin Schneider WAYNE STATE7 Sam H.-Brown OHIO STATE8 Michael Purdy-Sachs DETROIT9 Grant Hodges NOTRE DAME10 Robert Moore OHIO STATE11 Hans Kaiser WAYNE STATE12 Phelan Spence CLEVELAND STATE13 Raffi Nersessian WAYNE STATE14 Yongwoo Choi LAWRENCE15 Alex Biehl LAWRENCE16 John Cuturic CLEVELAND STATE17 Elijah Robertson DETROIT