Notre Dame Fencing MFC Individules Championship on March 3, 2012 at Notre Dame, Ind.
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's Most Valuable Player, and was tabbed as the Monogram Club men'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's Duals ... overcame Stanford's Eli Schenkel (finished ninth at the NCAA Championships) 5-3 in a 3-0 match sweep of host St. John's ... defeated Lucas Lin (finished eighth at the NCAA Championships) from No. 6 Harvard 5-2 ... wrapped up the St. John'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'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'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'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'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'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's Nate Wilson (15-9), Northwestern's Jonathan Kim (15-3), Wayne State's Tim Mulligan (15-1) and teammate Nickolas Kubik (15-9) before falling to Ohio State's Zain Shaito in the Championship bout, 15-11 ... also helped men'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's Challenge, posting three wins out of three bouts and clinching the win against St. John'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's Ekram Hossain, Northwestern's Alex Dranove, Ohio State's Ben Parkins, and Notre Dame'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'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's foilists at the St. John's Duals with a 5-1 record ... earned his first career victory against Columbia's Isaac Kim (5-1) ... went 9-2 at the NYU Invitational ... in Notre Dame'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'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'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's Andras Horanyi in the finals to claim second place ... led the Irish men'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.