PHILADELPHIA - For the two members of Penn's senior class, playing the final home matches of their collegiate careers, men's squash sent them out in style Friday afternoon at the Ringe Squash Courts. Penn picked up seven straight victories from the No. 2 through No. 8 spots on the ladder, defeating No. 15 Columbia, 7-2. The Quakers (5-6, 2-4 Ivy) and Lions (5-9, 1-5 Ivy) are both currently slotted to play in the Hoehn Cup at the end of the season.
Penn picked up four of its victories on the night in straight games, while adding a pair of four-game wins and closed with a five-game win. In the process, the Quakers picked up their second Ivy League win of the season, breaking the sixth-place tie that they found themselves in coming into the weekend.
Derek Chilvers and Dan Greenberg got Penn off to a quick start with each picking up 3-0 wins in the first round of play. Greenberg (No. 2) played tightly contested first and second games, 11-7 and 11-8, before closing with a dominating 11-3 win for his fourth win of the season. Chilvers (No. 6) played hard-fought first and third games, sandwiched around an 11-4 second game, improving to 6-5 on the year.
On senior day, Trevor McGuinness played three close games, but prevailed in each to come away with his first individual sweep of the season. After an 11-8 win in the first game, the co-captain won a pair of tiebreaks, 15-13 and 14-12, for his fourth victory of the season. Jack Maine made Penn a perfect 4-0 after four matches with his four-game win at No. 8. Maine took the first two games, before dropping the third, but came back in the fourth, closing with an 11-5 win in the final game.
Michael Mutscheller (No. 7) kept the momentum going in the second wave of matches to hit the court. He won tight first and second games, 11-8 and 11-9, before closing with his most convincing game, 11-5, to pick up his sixth win as a freshman. At No. 9, the Lions would get their first win of the evening. Oscar Mattsson dropped his first match inside the top-nine this season with his loss at No. 9.
John Dudzik added a four-game win for the Quakers at the No. 5 slot. After taking a 13-11 tiebreak in the first game, Dudzik dropped the second before coming back with 11-2 and 11-6 wins for his second win of the year at No. 5, third overall. The Lions would then take the No. 1 match as Thomas Mattsson fell in back-to-back tough games, 12-10 and 11-9, in the second in third.
Daniel Judd closed the night on a high note for Penn with his highest-ranked career win at No. 3. After taking a 14-12 tiebreak in the first game, Judd found himself in a 2-1 hole with second and third game losses. However, he would allow just 11 points the remainder of the way, winning 11-4 and 11-7, in the final two games to come away with his second five-game win of the season, third overall.
The Quakers will now wrap up the regular season on the road this Sunday with their final chance at a top-eight team when they travel to Cornell for an 11 a.m. match. The Big Red are currently ranked sixth in the latest poll. Last season, the two squads battled down to the wire before Cornell won, 5-4.
Penn 7, Columbia 2
No. 1: Ramit Tandon (C) def. Thomas Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-6, 12-10, 11-9
No. 2: Dan Greenberg (P) def. Anthony Zou (C) (3-0), 11-7, 11-8, 11-3
No. 3: Daniel Judd (P) def. Graham Miao (C) (3-2), 14-12, 7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-7
No. 4: Trevor McGuinness (P) def. Danial Saleem (C) (3-0), 11-8, 15-13, 14-12
No. 5: John Dudzik (P) def. Kyul Rhee (C) (3-1), 13-11, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6
No. 6: Derek Chilvers (P) def. Alec Goldberg (C) (3-0), 11-8, 11-4, 11-9
No. 7: Michael Mutscheller (P) def. Andrew Tan (C) (3-0), 11-8, 11-9, 11-5
No. 8: Jack Maine (P) def. Hyunho Rhee (C) (3-1), 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5
No. 9: Theodore Buchsbaum (C) def. Oscar Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
No. 10: Cole McCourt (P) def. Marvin So (C) (3-1), 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9