Notre Dame Winter Sports Preview: Fencing

Defendng national champion Fighting Irish reload their roster in search of their second consecutive NCAA title.


Notre Dame Winter Sports Preview: Fencing

Defendng national champion Fighting Irish reload their roster in search of their second consecutive NCAA title.

Second Team All-MFC (2009, 2011)
Honorable Mention All-MFC (2010)

AS A SENIOR: Selected as a recipient of the John Crikelair Men's Foil Leadership Award, presented in honor of former foil captain John Crikelair, who was killed in the line of duty during the Vietnam War ... tied for 11th at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships in a pool of 73 participants to earn honorable mention all-MFC recognition ... earned a fourth monogram ... produced a 29-10 regular season record, finishing with a 105-25 career mark ... started the season with an 11-0 showing at the Air Force Duals, logging clean sheets in five bouts ... grabbed a victory over John Tuddenham (5-3) from No. 9 Columbia at the St. John's Duals ... picked up a pair of 5-2 wins over NYU's Ken Sin and Yale's Taylor Gregoire-Wright ... achieved a 6-2 outing at the Notre Dame Duals, highlighted by a 3-0 match victory over Case Western ... recorded a 7-2 outing at the Northwestern Duals, gathering in match sweeps of Cal Tech (3-0) and Stanford (2-0).

AS A JUNIOR: Ended the year with a 26-4 record in foil ... earned third monogram ... did not compete during the NYU Invitational, the opening event of the regular season or the St. John's Challenge the following day ... took to the strip for the first time at the home Notre Dame Duals, posting a record of 20-1 at the festivities ... posted perfect 3-0 sheets against Detroit, Florida, Lawrence, Swarthmore and Cleveland State ... clinched the foil in the opener against Detroit after defeating NCAA participant Michael Purdy-Sachs 5-3, while also clinching the overall match one bout earlier with a 5-3 victory over Yaroslav Ivanov ... clinched the foil against Lawrence with a 5-0 decision over Edward Li ... dropped only one touch in the finale against Cleveland State, defeating Ben Brown (5-0), John Cuturic (5-1) and James Pitchford (5-0) ... bouted in three matches at the Northwestern Duals, putting together a 3-2 record ... all three wins came in a 27-0 victory over Cal Tech ... defeated Will Steinhardt (5-1), Eugene Vinitsky (5-2) and Gregory Izatt (5-0) ... finished regular season with a 3-1 mark at the Irish Duals ... defeated Nolan Epstein of Chicago in the opening match, 5-1 ... earned wins over Michigan State's Jake Rathburn (5-3) and Will Bonner (5-2) in the third and final match of the day ... in postseason action, earned a berth into the quarterfinals of direct elimination at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships ... finished seventh overall, earning Second Team All-MFC distinction for the second time in career.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the season with a 25-7 record in the foil ... clinched the foil victory with a 5-1 win over Andrew Simon of Duke at the Northwestern Duals ... went 3-0 and clinched the foil win for the Irish with a 5-0 victory vs. Joseph O'Halloran of Lawrence ... posted a 2-1 mark vs. John's Hopkins ... put up a clean sheet with a 3-0 mark vs. Cleveland State and clinched the foil victory with a 5-3 win over Liran Gross ... battled to an 11-2 record at the Notre Dame Duals, clinching the foil victory vs. Cleveland State with a 5-0 triumph over Ben Brown ... posted a 5-0 mark in pool play of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships ... defeated Jeb Brotz of Wisconsin in the round of 64, 15-0, took down Detroit's Brad Coon in the next round 15-8 ... lost to teammate Steve Kubik 4-15 in the round of 16.

AS A FRESHMAN: Finished the year with a regular season record of 2-1 in epee and 26-3 in foil ... began his college career with a 2-1 record competing in epee at the NYU Invitational ... earned his first career win against Stevens Tech's Steven DiPaola (5-4) ... performed well at the Notre Dame Duals, finishing with 26 wins and only three losses in foil ... at the Notre Dame Duals, finished with a 3-0 record in an impressive six duals (versus Florida, Northwestern, Air Force, Lawrence, Wayne State and Oberlin) ... earned second-team All-Conference honors at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships with a eighth place finish in foil ... entered the direct elimination round of the tournament seeded tenth, which earned him a first round bye ... defeated Aaron Kokotek of Oberlin, 15-1, and Michigan State's Will Bonner, 15-8, to advance to the round of 16 ... in the round of 16, knocked off Ohio State's Joe Streb, 15-1, to advance to the quarterfinals, where he fell to teammate Steve Kubik, 15-8.

PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Ore. ... won the 2008 Division 1A title in San Jose, Calif. ... led his team to the 2007 Division 1 Team Event Championship in Miami ... helped his team to the 2006 Junior Team Event Championship in Atlanta ... son of Mike and Lesley Crebs ... has an older sister, Lauren ... graduated with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.

Crebs' Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2009 28 4 .875 --
2010 23 6 .793 --
2011 26 4 .866 --
2012 29 10 .744 --
Career 106 24 .815 --

Nicholas Crebs
Nicholas  Crebs


Portland, OR

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