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Mahan wins bracket at Men's Squash Individual Nationals




ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Bates College senior Ricky Weisskopf lost 9-4, 10-8, 9-3 to Trinity College's Andres Vargas Sunday in the championship match of the Second Round Losers Bracket of the Potter Cup (A) Division at the College Squash Association Individual Nationals.

Weisskopf, who became All-American for the fourth time in his career earlier in the tournament, beat two top-ranked players on Saturday to advance to the championship match of the Second Round Consolation Bracket of the Potter Cup (A) Division Saturday at the College Squash Association Individual Nationals.

Weisskopf (San Salvador, El Salvador), who won his fourth All-America honors on Friday before being upset in the round of 16 in the Potter main draw, extended his brilliant college career on Saturday by outlasting Princeton University's Hesham El Halaby by a 9-0, 4-9, 1-9, 9-6, 9-4 score in the second round consolation bracket. Weisskopf then defeated Rochester first-year phenom Hameed Ahmed for the second time in three meetings this season, 9-4, 10-8, 9-3, to set up Sunday's match with Vargas.

El Halaby was ranked No. 4 in the last released CSA player rankings on Jan. 15, while Ahmed was No. 7 and Weisskopf was No. 10.

Weisskopf finished with an 18-5 record in singles play this season.

Also on Sunday, sophomore Kush Mahan (Gainesville, Fla.) went 2-0 to win the Malloy (B) Cup Third Round Losers Bracket. Mahan defeated Todd Ruth of Yale 9-1, 9-5, 9-3 to meet Ethan Buchsbaum of Williams in the bracket championship match. After losing the first game, Mahan prevailed by a score of 8-10, 9-6, 9-2, 9-2. Mahan, the Bobcats' No. 3 player this season, finished with sparkling individual record of 16-5. Mahan will likely take over the No. 1 in the Bates order next season, after Weisskopf's four-year hold on the top spot.

Mahan, Weisskopf and senior Sean Wilkinson went a combined 11-4 in the tournament, punctuating a season that saw them lead the Bobcats to a program-best No. 9 final ranking.

Saturday Recap

Wilkinson (London, England) continued his quest to win the Malloy (B) Division main draw. Wilkinson defeated Ethan Oetter of Yale 9-1, 9-8, 9-5 in the round of 16, but his advance was halted in the quarterfinals by Rushabh Vora of Trinity, the top ranked player in the draw, by a score of 9-2, 9-2, 9-2.

Mahan, also competing in the Malloy Cup main draw's round of 16, was bounced into the Third Round Consolation bracket with a 9-3, 3-9, 9-5, 9-4 loss to Harvard's Nicholas Hrdy. Finding himself in the quarterfinals of the Third Round Consolation Bracket, Mahan defeated Nils Mattsson of Navy 9-7, 10-8, 9-3 to set up a semifinal match against Todd Ruth of Yale.

Friday Recap

Ricky Weisskopf won his fourth All-America honors in as many years Friday at the College Squash Association Individual Nationals. Weisskopf entered the Potter Cup Main Draw for the top 32 men in the country as the No. 6 seed. In the round of 32 Weisskopf defeated No. 27 Simbarashe Muhwati of Trinity College with ease, 9-4, 9-0, 9-0, clinching All-America honors.

Weisskopf was upset in the round of 16 by No. 13 seed Parth Sharma, also of Trinity, who ousted the Bobcats' top player from the main draw, 4-9, 9-5, 9-2, 10-8.

Sean Wilkinson and Kush Mahan both went 2-0 on Friday to advance to the round of 16 in the Malloy (B) Cup Division.

Wilkinson, seeded 10th in the draw, had little trouble dispatching George Washington's Jarryd Commerford 9-3, 9-2, 9-0 in the first round ousting Denison's Asad Khan 9-3, 9-4, 9-0 in the second round.

Mahan, the 20th seed in the draw, defeated Bowdoin's Palmer Higgins in straight games, 9-3, 9-6, 9-2, then topped Brown's Edward Cerullo 9-7, 9-6, 2-9, 9-0.