Men's Squash Drops First Match at National Team Championships

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The No. 20 Columbia men's squash team found themselves up against No. 21 Wesleyan in the first round of the Summers Cup at the National Team Championships on Friday, February 25.  After splitting the series 1-1 during the regular season against the Colonials, it was Wesleyan that came out on top today, defeating the Lions 6-3 in a hard fought battle.

Graham Miao won in three straight games over Matthew Candal at the No. 2 spot, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7.  Clayton Dahlman picked up a win at No. 3 by defeating Dale Kobrin in five games.  Dahlman fell behind early after dropping the first two games 5-11 and 6-11, but came back to win three straight 12-10, 11-7 and 11-2 for the win. Playing at No. 7, Martin Goman had the other individual win for the Lions, defeating Ethan Moritz 11-5, 9-11, 11-5 and 11-9.

In a match that could have gone either way, three Columbia players were narrowly edged in dramatic five-game battles.  Tony Zou led John Steele 2-1 after winning games one and three 11-5 and 11-6, but Steele won the final two games 11-4, 11-6 to take the point at No. 1. Alec Goldberg also jumped out to a 2-1 lead after winning a pair of games 11-9, but Jeffrey Berman came back to take the next two games 11-7 and 11-2 to win at No. 5.  Playing at the No. 9 spot, Anchit Nayar fell into a 0-2 hole, but bounced back to win the third and fourth games 16-14 and 11-2.  The junior battled hard in the final game against Shivan Bhavnani, but was ultimately edged 12-10.

Columbia (11-5) will compete against Hamilton on Saturday, February 26 at Belmont Hill at noon in the second round of the tournament.

Wesleyan 6, Columbia 3
1. John Steele (W) def. Tony Zou 5-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6
2. Graham Miao (C) def. Matthew Candal 11-3, 11-7, 11-7
3. Clayton Dahlman (C) def. Dale Kobrin 5-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-2
4. Alex Nunez (W) def. Andrew Tan 11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10
5. Jeffrey Berman (W) def. Alec Goldberg 9-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7, 11-2
6. Alexander Nassikas (W) def. Theo Buchsbaum 11-8, 11-8, 13-11
7. Martin Goman (C) def. Ethan Moritz 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9
8. Luke Wherry (W) def. Dan Gentile 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
9. Shivan Bhavnani (W) def. Anchit Nayar 11-4, 11-7, 14-16, 2-11, 12-10

 

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