Fourth-year member of the Irish epee squad who has a strong chance at advancing to the 2001 NCAAs (March 22-25 in Kenosha, Wis.) ... heads into the Midwest Qualifier (March 10 in Detroit) as the region's fifth-seeded men's epeeist (Irish sophomore Jan Viviani is the top seed) ... pushed his career record to 56-18 after a pleasantly surprising 2001 regular season that included 40 wins in 55 bouts ... a lefthanded fencer with an unorthodox?yet effective? style ... makes up for his lack of experience with heady approach to his fencing, which can be a valuable component in epee competition ... one of the tallest fencers on the team (at 6-4) ... bounced back from a 4-6 start at the NYU Open by posting 29-3
record at next two tournaments in 2001 (14-1 at the Northwestern Open, 15-2 at the Notre Dame Open) before closing with a 7-6 mark at Duke Open ... won seven of eight bouts at Midwest Fencing Conference Team Championships, including three wins as Irish closed out Ohio State (5-2) in title matchup (beating Geoff Kane 5-1, Spencer Jones 5-1 and Alan Jones 5-2 in the clinching bout) ... placed ninth the next day in individual competition ... saw the most action of his first three seasons as a junior, when he won 11 of his 13 bouts ... compiled a 5-0 record in a reserve role during his first two seasons ... a two-time Dean?s List student at Notre Dame, with a 3.36 cumulative grade-point average as a chemical engineering major.
PREP & PERSONAL: A four-time fencing letterwinner as an epeeist at Chamindade College Prep ... served as team captain during his senior season ... a member of the pre-medical honor society (he is considering pursuing postgraduate studies in medical school) ... cousin Carly Funnicello plays on the UCLA women?s basketball team ... born Sept. 20, 1978, in Woodland Hills, Calif. ... enrolled in the College of Engineering, with a major in chemical engineering.
Gabler's Career Record