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January 14, 2007

Men's squash goes 3-0 against Cornell, Hobart and F&M

Sean Wilkinson '08

Ricky Weisskopf '08

Kush Mahan '10

Jordan Greenberg '10

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The No. 13 nationally ranked Bates men's squash team came through with a 3-0 weekend at a round robin tournament at Yale University, including an upset of No. 9 Cornell on Saturday. The Bobcats (5-3) also defeated Hobart 9-0 on Saturday, before edging Franklin & Marshall 5-4 on Sunday, a victory which avenged a 5-4 defeat a year ago.


"It was an important weekend for the team, in that it gives us an early measurement about where we are and what we can achieve this year," said Bates coach John Illig.  "We were greatly shaken after suffering a decisive loss to Dartmouth back in November, and we had to wait all this time for our first test."

Against Cornell, each match was close, with junior captain Sean Wilkinson (London, England) setting the tone by going down 1-7 in his first game only to hold on and bring the game to a tie-breaker.  After trading game balls at 9-all, Wilkinson finally took the first game by one point.  After winning the second to go up 2 games to 0, Wilkinson lost the next two games to make it 2-2 and force a fifth and final game.  Wilkinson exerted his will early and took a commanding lead and held on for a 10-9, 9-3, 4-9, 3-9, 9-3 victory.  The match was played before a large crowd on Yale's stadium court, which is made of four glass walls and has 360-degree viewing. 

Freshmen Kush Mahan (Gainesville, Fla.) and Jordan Greenberg (Malvern, Pa.), and sophomore Marc Taggart (Skippack, Pa.) each had 3-0 wins over Cornell, and the final match came down to No. 12 nationally ranked junior Ricky Weisskopf (San Salvador, El Salvador) against Cornell's No. 22 ranked Chris Sachvie, a freshman from Canada -- with Weisskopf displaying amazing shots in a 9-2, 9-4, 9-6 win. Weisskopf is now 7-1 on the year at the No. 1 spot.

Bates will host Northeastern University this Friday at 7 p.m.

Bates def. Cornell University 5-4

Jan. 13

1. (B) Ricky Weisskopf def. C. Sachvie 9-2, 9-4, 9-6

2. (B) Sean Wilkinson def. S. Peever 10-9, 9-2, 4-9, 3-9, 9-3

3. CORNELL R. Gupta def. Gary Kan 0-9, 9-5, 9-1, 9-2

4. (B) Kush Mahan def. M. Gelinas 9-5, 9-6, 9-0

5. (B) Jordan Greenberg def. T. Hill 9-0, 9-5, 9-6

6. CORNELL C. Vernick def. Chip Russell 9-6, 5-9, 9-3, 9-3

7. (B) Marc Taggart def. A. McReynolds 9-6, 10-9, 9-5

8. CORNELL I. Holton def. Deacon Chapin 9-5, 9-1, 9-7

9. CORNELL O. Mangalti def. Charlie Johnson 2-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-3

Bates def. Hobart College 9-0

Jan. 13

1. (B) Ricky Weisskopf def. P. Patni 9-1, 9-1, 9-2

2. (B) Sean Wilkinson def. N. Pearson 9-4, 9-3, 8-10, 10-8

3. (B) Gary Kan def. B. Shiver 9-1, 9-3, 9-1

4. (B) Kush Mahan def. C. Barth 9-4, 9-6, 9-0

5. (B) Jordan Greenberg def. P. Hansen 9-6, 9-1, 9-5

6. (B) Chip Russell def. J. Keating 9-0, 9-0, 10-8

7. (B) Marc Taggart def. N. Lampier 9-0, 9-3, 9-4

8. (B) Deacon Chapin def. C. Chircop 9-1, 9-3, 9-1

9. (B) Charlie Johnson def. A. McDonough 9-0, 9-7, 9-2

Bates def. Franklin & Marshall  5-4

Sun. Jan. 14

1. (B) Ricky Weisskopf def. S. Madraswala 9-4, 9-1, 9-0

2. (B) Sean Wilkinson def. S. Seshadri 9-4, 5-9, 9-5, 9-1

3. (B) Gary Kan def. R. Hawley 9-1, 9-4, 8-10, 9-5

4. (B) Kush Mahan def. J. Aibara 9-4, 9-0, 9-1

5. (B) Jordan Greenberg def. S. Slater 5-9, 9-2, 0-9, 9-0, 9-1

6. F&M E. Bryan def. Chip Russell 9-4, 9-6, 9-1

7. F&M P. Pasqariello def. Marc Taggart 2-9, 9-7, 9-6, 9-5

8. F&M S. Cruce def. Deacon Chapin 1-9, 9-5, 9-0, 9-0

9. F&M Z. Aibara def. Charlie Johnson 9-6, 9-4, 9-5

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