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    Frank Bontempo  
    Frank Bontempo

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Pittsburgh, PA

    High School:
    Central Catholic

    Height:
    6-2

    Event:
    Foil

    Birthdate:
    07/19/1984

    Club:
    Three Rivers Fencing Center


    2004 NCAA Participant
    Men's Foil Team Captain

    Veteran member of talented men's foil team that includes juniors Jakub Jedrkowiak and Diego Quinonez and sophomores Mark Kubik and Alex Grigorenko ...a high-class fencer with an elegant, lefthanded style that showcases a natural ability to move smoothly and unexpectedly on the strip ... an intellectual and emotional fencer who will be looking for more consistency and mental toughness in his bouting ... second-year foil team captain who brings NCAA Tournament experience to his leadership role ... competed in the 2004 NCAAs and then narrowly missed claiming a spot in the '05 NCAA field ... an athletic, tough fighter with intelligent savvy on the strip ... makes effective use of his modern style ... looking to work on his mental toughness while channeling his emotion into his bouting ... totaled a 119-51 record in regular-season bouts during his first three seasons with the Irish ... placed 35th at the Penn State Open in the fall of 2006, with losses to top fencers Boaz Ellis (formerly of Ohio State) and Penn's Ron Berkowsky.

    AS A JUNIOR: Turned in a 34-18 record during the regular season before finishing seventh at both the Midwest Fencing Conference and Midwest Regional tournaments ... his 8-4 record at the Northwestern Duals included wins over UCSD's Cameron Sprowles (5-3), Stanford's Richard Fulton (5-4) and Fullerton's Alex Decker (5-2) ... went 6-9 versus a talented field at the NYU Duals, with top wins over Sam Wunderlich of St. John's (5-3) and Yale's Cory Werk (5-4), the 2004 NCAA runner-up ... added a 10-2 record at the ND Duals (5-1 win over Duke's Jackson McClam) before closing regular season with a 10-3 mark at the UC San Diego Duals (5-1 win over UCSD's John Chung) ... lost to Ohio State's Andras Horanyi in the MFC quarterfinals (12-15) ... beat OSU's Will Jeter in 7th-place bout (15-3) at Regional, in Cleveland ... placed 19th at the Penn State Open in the fall of '05.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Narrowly missed out on spot in the 2005 NCAAs after ending the regular season with a 41-17 record and adding a 5th-place finish at the Midwest Regional (at Wayne State) ... served as an alternate at the NCAAs while cheering the Irish on to their historic victory ... responded after a slow start (5-7 at the NYU Duals) by winning 36 of his final 46 bouts ... went 26-8 at the two-day ND Duals ... enjoyed 5-4 victories at the home bouts over Fullerton's Decker and OSU's Jeter (repeating an earlier 5-4 victory at the NYU Duals) ... ended '05 regular season with a 10-2 mark at the Duke Duals (highlighted by 5-2 win against Nick Marchuk of Johns Hopkins and 5-4 victory over Duke's McClam) ... edged teammate Jedrkowiak (15-13) to win the MFC individual foil title ... his key wins at the Regional included a 5-2 victory over Cleveland State's Mike Merker and a 5-3 win over OSU's Richard Spicer ... placed 14th at the Penn State Open in the fall of '04 (9-6) and opened 2005 by competing in the North American Cup held in Overland Park, Kan. ... also was one of several Notre Dame fencers to compete in the 2005 Summer Nationals (held in Sacramento, Calif.).

    AS A FRESHMAN: Made late surge (MFC runner-up, third at Regional) before competing in 2004 NCAAs ... went 44-16 in regular season ... his 8-0 mark at the Northwestern Duals included 5-3 win over Bryan Bishe (Johns Hopkins) ... his 5-4 bout vs. Ian Schlaepfer (also 5-2 over Joseph Brown) helped Irish win 14-13 at Penn State ... went 6-9 at NYU Duals, 17-6 at the ND Duals (5-0 win over OSU's Nathan Weir helped Irish men win 15-12) and 11-0 in West-Central Duals (at Purdue) ... beat teammate Forest Walton (15-9) and OSU's Alexander Law (15-10) in MFC quarters and semifinals before dropping 5-15 final to OSU's Ellis (the eventual NCAA champ) ... entered Regional as fifth seed but used wins over Walton (5-1) and Law (5-2) to finish third (7-3) ... stepped in for teammate Derek Snyder (hand injury) at NCAAs and placed 20th (7-16), with top wins over Walton (5-4), Stanford's Florian Reichling (5-2) and Fullerton's Roland Breden (5-1) ... reached quarterfinals at Penn State Open in the fall of '03 (15-11 vs. Walton).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Three-year fencing captain at Central Catholic High School, coached by Charles Murphy ... earned three league/regional titles and state foil titles as a sophomore and junior (he did not compete in the state meet as a senior) ... placed 10th at a 2002 national tournament (d-2 level) ... trained under Iana Dakova at Three Rivers Fencing Center ... member of the National Honor Society ... father Frank Bontempo is a 1972 Notre Dame graduate ... son of Jan Johnston and Frank Bontempo ... full name is Franklin Anthony Bontempo ... born July 19, 1984, in Pittsburgh ... a pre-professional science major, enrolled in the College of Science.

    Bontempo's Career Record

    YearWLPct.NCAA Finish
    20044416.73320th
    20054117.707
    20063418.654
    Career11951.700

    Bontempo in the NCAAs
    Forest Walton (Notre Dame) .......................... W, 5-4
    Benji Rostoker (Brandeis) .............................. W, 5-3
    Brian Fraser (Cal State Fullerton) ...................... 1-5
    Roland Breden (Cal State Fullerton) ............ W, 5-1
    Florian Reichling (Stanford)............................ W, 5-2
    Alejandro Bras (Princeton) ............................ W, 5-1
    Eric Stodola (Princeton) ...................................... 3-5
    Jesse Schibilia (Rutgers) ...................................... 2-5
    Michael Galligan (Pennsylvania) ........................ 1-5
    Andy Radu (Pennsylvania).............................. W, 5-4
    Cory Werk (Yale) .................................................... 2-5
    Henry Kennard (St. John's) .................................. 2-5
    Nitai Kfir (St. John's).............................................. 0-5
    Jeremy Zeitlin (Brown) ........................................ 3-5
    Ian Schlaepfer (Penn State).................................. 3-5
    Jake Clark (Penn State) ........................................ 4-5
    Benjamin Hendricks (Duke)............................ W, 5-2
    Calvin Chen (Columbia)........................................ 4-5
    Jeremy Sinkin (Columbia) .................................... 4-5
    Willy Chang (N.Y.U.) .............................................. 4-5
    Boaz Ellis (Ohio State) .......................................... 0-5
    Nathan Weir (Ohio State) .................................... 1-5
    Enoch Woodhouse (Harvard).............................. 1-5
    • Finished 20th
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