PRINCETON, N.J. - For the second time in the past three seasons, men's squash ended the team portion of its schedule with a Hoehn Cup Championship. The Quakers defeated the Cinderella story of this division, No. 14 Columbia, 8-1, and will finish as the ninth-ranked team in the country overall. This marks another spot closer to moving into the coveted top-eight nationally as Penn lost in the Hoehn Cup finals last season.
The Quakers had beaten Columbia, 7-2, in its final home match of the regular season, but the Lions had already avenged two of their early season losses on Friday and Saturday. The Quakers would not let them make it a third revenge win on Sunday. Penn picked up five sweeps from the No. 5 through No. 9 positions in the ladder and won in four games at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4.
Like he had done in the first two matches this weekend, freshman Jack Maine got the ball rolling on Sunday afternoon. He had not dropped a game all weekend and that streak continued as he only allowed 12 points total, including a dominating 11-2 win in the second game at No. 9. Derek Chilvers was the model of consistency for Penn as he took all three of his games in 11-6 fashion, putting Penn up 2-0.
Daniel Judd would make it a clean sweep in round one with his four-game win at No. 3. After a five-game win in the regular season against this same opponent, Judd made things a little easier on himself as he got a 2-0 lead, allowing just eight points total in those games. After dropping the third, Judd closed out his match with another convincing 11-3 win in the fourth game.
Michael Mutscheller just kept the momentum going when the second wave of matches hit the courts. Playing on the same court as his classmate Maine, Mutscheller's score followed the exact same pattern. He too allowed just 12 points in his match at No. 8, putting Penn in a commanding 4-0 lead early. John Dudzik would then cap the team win in just the minimum five matches. He got the early 2-0 lead with 11-7 and 11-6 wins before sealing the team's victory with a 15-13 tiebreak win in his third game at No. 5.
With the match in hand, Penn did not let up as Dan Greenberg allowed just seven points, winning 11-4 and 11-3, in his first two games. After he dropped a hard-fought 11-8 third game, he would quickly rebound with a tight 11-9 win in the fourth game, giving Penn a clean sweep through the first six matches to finish up play.
Justin Ang made it seven straight with his win in the seventh position. Ang had to battle throughout, but did still manage to win in straight games. He needed to go extra points in the first two games, winning 14-12 and 12-10. He then took the third game in an 11-8 final. Trevor McGuinness would give Penn its eighth win of the day with his four-game win at No. 4. He also jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 11-4 and 11-6 wins; however, dropped the third game, 11-9. He then sealed the team's eighth win with a dominating 11-2 score in the fourth.
Columbia would get its only point of the day at the No. 1 position. After not dropping a game in either of his first two matches at the Hoehn Cup, Thomas Mattsson again struggled to get any momentum against Columbia's Ramit Tandon. With the match already decided in the Quakers' favor, Columbia took the No. 1 match in straight games.
With the team portion of the season behind them, the men's team will now look to the individual championships in two weekends. They will have this upcoming weekend off as the women's team travels to Howe Cup for its team championships. After that, both squads will cap the season at the CSA Individual Championships. Qualifiers for that tournament have yet to be determined.
Penn 8, Columbia 1
No. 1: Ramit Tandon (C) def. Thomas Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-5, 11-3, 11-5
No. 2: Dan Greenberg (P) def. Tony Zou (C) (3-1), 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9
No. 3: Daniel Judd (P) def. Graham Miao (C) (3-1), 11-5, 11-3, 6-11, 11-3
No. 4: Trevor McGuinness (P) def. Daniel Saleem (C) (3-1), 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2
No. 5: John Dudzik (P) def. Kyul Rhee (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-7, 15-13
No. 6: Derek Chilvers (P) def. Alec Goldberg (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-6, 11-6
No. 7: Justin Ang (P) def. Andrew Tan (C) (3-0), 14-12, 12-10, 11-8
No. 8: Michael Mutscheller (P) def. Hyun-Ho Rhee (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-2, 11-4
No. 9: Jack Maine (P) def. Theo Buchsbaum (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-2, 11-4
No. 10: Thomas Galluccio (C) def. Oscar Mattsson (P) (3-2), 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7