PHILADELPHIA - Finishing as the ninth-ranked team in the final CSA rankings, men's squash will enter the Hoehn Cup (B Division) of the team championships this weekend at Princeton. In the Hoehn Cup, the Quakers will serve as the top seed in the group that features the ninth through 16th-ranked teams in the country.
In the opening round, Penn will host Bates on Friday at 11 a.m. This will be one of the first matches to hit the courts at the team championships this weekend. Play for the Hoehn Cup and all other divisions will continue through Sunday. The Quakers are a combined 4-0 against teams that will be competing for the Hoehn Cup this weekend.
Thomas Mattsson has played No. 1 all season for Penn, owning a 6-6 record in that top position, and has avenged two of his losses from last season. Individually, he is 3-1 this season against teams that will be competing for the Hoehn Cup. Recently, Mattsson was named as a nominee for the Skillman Award. Dan Greenberg has been playing in the No. 2 spot recently. He won four matches this season, including the five-game win that sealed the victory at Navy early in the year.
Daniel Judd finished the regular season at the No. 3 position and had three wins total this season. This past weekend he won his first match at No. 3 in five games against Columbia. Trevor McGuinness has been playing mainly at No. 4 since coming back from break. The senior co-captain has four wins this year, including two in his last four matches.
Sophomore John Dudzik and Derek Chilvers have found themselves in the fifth and sixth positions on the ladder recently. Dudzik won three matches this season. His first two came by sweep before his four-game with against Columbia. Chilvers finished the regular season with a 6-6 record. He has won four of his last seven matches leading into this weekend.
Justin Ang has been played predominately at No. 7 this season. All four of his wins this season have come in straight game sweeps. Michael Mutscheller is currently 6-5 in his freshman season, playing most recently at No. 8. He is 3-0 against Hoehn Cup teams this year after not playing against Navy. Jack Maine (No. 9) is currently 5-5 overall as a freshman. He has won three matches in the minimal three games.
Oscar Mattsson has been playing mostly at No. 10 recently. However, he is 2-1 in top-nine matches this season. Hunter Schlacks has played four matches inside the top-nine and is 2-3 in top-10 matches overall. Matt Sheridan has split has two matches at No. 10, while Cole McCourt won his first match at No. 10 this past weekend against Columbia.
Bates (10-12) moved up one position in the latest rankings to elevate themselves from the C Division into the B Division. Last season, the two squads also met in the first round of the Hoehn Cup. In that meeting, Penn won, 7-2. Four of those wins came in straight games during that meeting.
Should Penn hold its seed in the opening round, the Quakers would get the winner of No. 12 St. Lawrence University and No. 13. Middlebury University. Penn did not see either school this season. If the Quakers avoid upset bids in the first two rounds, they would likely face a rematch against either No. 10 Williams or No. 11 Navy. Penn defeated both schools in tight contests during the regular season, downing Williams, 6-3, and Navy, 5-4 on a last match victory.
Full recaps for Penn at the Hoehn Cup will be available following the completion of play each day at PennAthletics.com. The College Squash Association website will also be providing results as they become available throughout the course of the weekend.