A look at Ariel DeSmet and Avery Zuck's semifinal and final bouts on Friday, March 25.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
NCAA Fifth-Place Finisher (2011, 2012)
Second Team All-American (2011, 2012)
Capital One Academic All-America First Team (2011)
Second Team All-MFC (2009, 2010)
AS A SENIOR: Finished fifth in the foil at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, earning second team All-America honors ... recipient of the Walter M. Langford Memorial Award (recognizing sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork) ... selected as a team captain ... earned fourth monogram ... participated in all five regular season dual events for the Irish ... posted a 37-18 record on the year, ranking second on the foil team for most wins ... finished with a career record of 124-38 ... led the foil team with a 15-1 showing at the Air Force Duals, remaining untouched in seven bouts ... picked up three bout victories at the St. John's Duals over Thomas Snell from No. 6 Harvard (5-0), Michael El Saleh from No. 5 Penn State (5-1) and Sam Hardwicke-Brown of No. 1 Ohio State (5-3) ... posted an even 8-8 effort the next day at the NYU Duals ... defeated Eli Schenkel from No. 3 St. John's (finished 9th at the NCAA Championships) 5-0 and gave up just one touch in two bout victories over UNC at the NYU Duals ... gathered victories over Detroit's Elijah Robertson (5-0) and Wayne State's Quentin Schneider (5-3) at the Notre Dame Duals ... finished with a 9-1 record at the Northwestern Duals ... defeated Alexander Mills (tied for third at the NCAA Championships) 5-3 ... harbored a pair of bout victories over No. 8 Duke, UC San Diego and North Carolina at the Northwestern Duals, allowing four total touches in the six bouts.
AS A JUNIOR: Finished the year with a record of 30-6 en route to qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career ... named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team ... earned third monogram ... opened the year going 8-2 at the NYU Invitational ... clinched the foil victory against Columbia with a 5-1 decision over Alex Pensler ... went a perfect 2-0 against Stevens Tech, defeating Brandon Gnash (5-1) and Anthony Worthington (5-1) ... clinched the foil against St. John's as well, taking down Max Blitzer 5-3 ... also defeated Eli Schenkel (5-3) ... went 2-0 against Ohio State, clinching the foil yet again with 5-1 victory over Andrew McDonald ... went 7-2 the following day at the St. John's Challenge ... posted a perfect 3-0 sheet against Penn State in the second match of the day, knocking off NCAA participants David Willette (5-3) and Miles Chamley-Watson (5-1) as well as Daniel Gomez (5-1) ... went 2-0 in the next match against Harvard, clinching the foil with an overtime 3-2 priority win over Lucas Lin ... also defeated Hao Meng (5-2) in the match ... posted wins over Jack Goetz (5-2) and Bo Charles (5-1) of Columbia in the final match of the event ... fenced in only one match at the Notre Dame Duals, going 1-1 against Air Force and defeating Yevgeny Shmurak, 5-0 ... went a perfect 6-0 at the Northwestern Duals ... opened with a 3-0 showing against Princeton, defeating Robert Malcolm (5-2), Alexander Mills (5-1) and Gregory Kirschen (4-1) ... clinched the overall match for the Irish against Stanford, defeating Phil Arredondo 5-1 ... notched 1-0 records against both UC San Diego and North Carolina ... went 8-1 at the Duke Duals ... opened with a perfect 3-0 showing against UNC before going 2-1 against Duke and 3-0 against Johns Hopkins ... finished third amongst an Irish rotation that placed one-two-three at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... earned the spot after finishing with a record of 6-3 with a +15 indicator ... in first appearance at the NCAA Championships, narrowly missed out on a top-four finish after concluding with a record of 16-7 with a +29 indicator ... earned a 5-4 win over third-place finisher Daniel Cohen of Air Force in round robin play ... named the recipient of the John Crikelair Men's Foil Leadership Award.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Completed his second season with the Irish with a record of 33-8 and a fifth-place finish at the Midwest Conference Championships... started the season tallying a 6-3 record at the NYU Invitational, clinching the foil win over Stevens Tech for the Irish ... went 4-2 at the St. John's Challenge, winning two bouts against both St. John's and Columbia ... racked up 16 victories out of 19 bouts at the Northwestern Duals, clinching victories vs. San Diego's Benjamin Dorn and North Carolina's David Skwerer ... won all seven bouts at the Notre Dame Duals ... began the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships with a bye ... continued Midwest tournament with victories versus Jared Sivec (Detroit) in round of 64 (15-0), Jonathan Gately (Purdue) in round of 32 (15-4), and Calvin Rusiewski (Illinois) in round of 16 (15-6) before being ousted by Colin Sutter (0hio State), 15-10, in the quarterfinals.
AS A FRESHMAN: Went 24-6 during the regular season before placing fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... began his year at the St. John's Duals, finishing 3-1 ... earned his first career victory against Columbia's Asher Grodman (5-1) ... had a 5-2 showing at the NYU Invitational ... went 6-2 at the Northwestern Duals, including 2-0 versus Lawrence ... had an impressive performance at the Notre Dame Duals (9-1) ... earned second-team all-conference honors at the Midwest Conference Championships with a sixth place finish ... entered the direct elimination round of the tournament tied for the sixth seed ... following a first round bye, beat Bowling Green's Brent Ritchie, 15-0, in the round of 64 and Michigan's David Hughes, 15-3, in the round of 32 ... in the round of 16, faced Cleveland State's Liran Gross, whom he defeated 15-10 ... then lost to eventual champion Andras Horanyi of Ohio State, 15-5 ... made a run to the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regionals to place fourth ... in the round of eight at the regional, beat Ben Parkins of Ohio State, 15-11, to advance to the semifinals ... fell to Colin Sutter of Ohio State, 15-13, in the semifinals ... lost to teammate Enzo Castellani, 15-8, in the third-place bout.
PREP & PERSONAL: Ranked 23rd in the world junior rankings ... winner of two NAC tournaments in 2008 (one cadet and one junior) ... coached in high school by Les Stawicki ... member of the BETA Club while in high school ... son of Rick and Shawne Bentley ... youngest of three children ... graduated with a degree in liberal studies from the College of Arts and Letters.