HARTFORD, CT - At the 2018 men's squash college nationals held at Trinity College as well as a couple other neighboring high schools and universities, the Ephs fought their way to a #21 ranked finish.
The Ephs competed in the third division of the tournament, which meant they were playing for the #17-24 postions nationally.
The Ephs opened their nationals campaign with a nailbiting loss to Middlebury in a match that for the whole day felt like it could have one either way. After the first two rounds of play, the match was deadlocked at 3-3, with highlights including a strong four game win from senior co-captain Jamie Havran (#9), a really solid 3-0 win from junior John Fitzgerald (#2), and a sensational marathon win from senior co-captain Andrew Litvin (#8), who earned the Ephs another point with a 24-22 triumph in the deciding fifth game. Unfortunately, the Ephs were unable to take any of the matches from the final wave of play, and stumbled to an eventual 6-3 loss.
After heartbreaking defeat to Middlebury on Friday, the Ephs came up against Amherst on Saturday. The Ephs got off to a great start, winning all three of the opening matches in addition to all three of the following ones. Senior co-captains Jamie Havran (#9) and Andrew Litvin (#8) continued their strong play with another pair of wins. Freshman Wyatt Khosrowshahi (#4) dropped the only point of the day in a five game loss en route to an 8-1 victory for the Ephs.
On Sunday, the Ephs took on MIT in the final match of nationals weekend. It was a slow start for the team as they went down 2-1 after the first wave of play, although senior co-captain Jamie Havran (#9) was able to earn yet another point for the Ephs, taking him to 3-0 for the weekend. Fellow senior co-captain Andrew Litvin (#8) also won his third five game match of the weekend, after coming back from 2-0 down to eventually win. Litvin's win, accompanied by two more strong wins from junior John Fitzgerald (#2) and David Pincus (#5), led the Ephs to a sweep of the second wave of play which took the team to a 4-2 lead, in need of just one win from the final wave to bring the Ephs over the finish line. Despite tough five game defeats for freshman Wyatt Khosrowshahi (#4) and Ben Eisenberg (#7), sophomore Carl Shuck (#1) was able to seal the 5-4 win.
|Middlebury College||Rating||Williams College||Rating||Winner's Score||Winner||Status|
|1S||Cembalest, Will||5.29484||Shuck, Carl W.||5.37667||11-8,6-11,6-11,11-8,11-9||Middlebury College||C|
|2S||Ellen, Jacob||5.31791||Fitzgerald, John C||5.4948||11-6,11-7,11-7||Williams College||C|
|3S||Kagan, Jacob A.||5.38625||Means, William W||5.17222||11-9,11-7,11-8||Middlebury College||C|
|4S||Pearson, Henry||5.06727||Khosrowshahi, Wyatt||5.14529||11-5,10-12,11-4,5-11,11-5||Middlebury College||C|
|5S||Hinton, Wiatt F.||5.12066||Pincus, David||5.09432||7-11,11-9,6-11,12-10,11-6||Middlebury College||C|
|6S||Epley, John C||5.27177||Butler, Anand M.||4.91866||13-11,11-9,11-3||Middlebury College||C|
|7S||Merrill, Alexander O.||4.99094||Eisenberg, Ben R.||4.98154||6-11,7-11,11-5,11-9,11-4||Middlebury College||C|
|8S||Wolpow, Thomas S||4.93723||Litvin, Andrew N.||4.85297||9-11,11-4,11-1,9-11,24-22||Williams College||C|
|9S||Swope, Ryan||4.82885||Havran, Jamie E.||4.92634||11-5,9-11,11-3,11-4||Williams College||C|
|10S||Giddins, Samuel L.||4.84637||Ruggiero, Will||4.96156||11-9,14-16,11-9,11-9||Middlebury College||C|
|Amherst College||Rating||Williams College||Rating||Winner's Score||Winner||Status|
|1S||Wang, Terrence||5.22524||Shuck, Carl W.||5.37667||11-7,5-11,11-6,11-7||Williams College||C|
|2S||Parker, Robert C||4.93889||Fitzgerald, John C||5.4948||11-7,11-7,11-6||Williams College||C|
|3S||Khawaja, Mohammad Harith||5.07733||Means, William W||5.17222||11-4,12-10,11-5||Williams College||C|
|4S||Merkel, David E.||5.0497||Khosrowshahi, Wyatt||5.14529||11-9,11-13,14-12,12-14,11-6||Amherst College||C|
|5S||Nagaraj, Pavan||4.78878||Pincus, David||5.09432||11-9,11-8,11-7||Williams College||C|
|6S||Brewster, Reginald M.||4.74435||Butler, Anand M.||4.91866||11-6,9-11,11-6,11-5||Williams College||C|
|7S||Zimmerman, Christopher||4.75292||Eisenberg, Ben R.||4.98154||11-6,11-6,11-6||Williams College||C|
|8S||Mills, Mateen C.||4.7811||Litvin, Andrew N.||4.85297||11-8,11-2,10-12,3-11,11-9||Williams College||C|
|9S||Ford, Mitchell||4.5937||Havran, Jamie E.||4.92634||11-3,11-9,11-0||Williams College||C|
|10S||Bahadori, Cameron||4.7328||Ruggiero, Will||4.96156||11-5,11-1,11-3||Williams College||C|
|Williams College||Rating||MIT||Rating||Winner's Score||Winner||Status|
|1S||Shuck, Carl W.||5.37667||O'Connor, Joe C.||5.23255||15-13,12-10,11-8||Williams College||C|
|2S||Fitzgerald, John C||5.4948||Kukadia, Vedaant||5.06978||11-2,11-4,11-6||Williams College||C|
|3S||Means, William W||5.17222||Martin, Henry||5.3468||14-12,11-8,11-3||MIT||C|
|4S||Khosrowshahi, Wyatt||5.14529||Wu, William||5.1984||8-11,8-11,11-2,14-12,11-6||MIT||C|
|5S||Pincus, David||5.09432||Hu, Jeffrey||4.95337||11-7,7-11,11-6,11-2||Williams College||C|
|6S||Butler, Anand M.||4.91866||Restivo, Justin||4.93064||9-11,11-9,11-9,5-11,11-6||MIT||C|
|7S||Eisenberg, Ben R.||4.98154||Levin, Brad A.||5.17797||13-11,11-8,9-11,8-11,11-7||MIT||C|
|8S||Litvin, Andrew N.||4.85297||Williamson, Robert||4.8496||11-13,8-11,11-8,11-6,11-4||Williams College||C|
|9S||Havran, Jamie E.||4.92634||Das, Neel||4.81918||11-5,7-11,11-7,11-9||Williams College||C|