PHILADELPHIA - As expected, men's squash found itself in another battle Saturday afternoon at the Ringe Squash Courts against No. 10 Williams. The Ephs (2-4) tied the match at three-all after two rounds of play, but Penn (3-1) would not let them get any closer, taking each of the last three matches to record the 6-3 win. The Quakers got four wins out of the Nos. 6-9 positions after losing each of these slots earlier in the week against Navy. Penn also won the matches played at No. 1 and No. 4.
Sophomores John Dudzik and Justin Ang got the day off to a good start with a pair of 3-0 wins for the Quakers. Dudzik, playing No. 6, opened his match with a tight 11-9 win in the first game and followed that up with 11-5 and 11-7 wins in the second and third games to seal the first victory of the day. Ang was consistent throughout his match at No. 9. He won each of his three games by 11-7 scores to put Penn up 2-0.
Dan Greenberg dropped a hard-fought 11-9 first game, but rallied to tie the match at one-all with the convincing 11-1 second game victory. However, he would lose two more tight games, 11-9 and 11-7, as Williams cut the deficit to 2-1.
Starting off the second round, freshman Jack Maine picked up his first collegiate win at No. 8 to put Penn up 3-1. He lost his first game, but rallied with an 11-5 win in the second. In the third and fourth games he would take tiebreak wins, 13-11 and 14-12, carrying him to the victory. Penn would then have the early chance to get to the needed team five wins with a pair of five-game matches on the court at No. 2 and No. 5, but Williams would not go away quietly.
Behind a loud supporting section, Trevor McGuinness won the second and fourth games to tie his match at two-all heading into the final game. However, his opponent would come away with the 11-7 win in that decisive game. At No. 5, Derek Chilvers found himself down a game early, but also rallied with 11-6 and 11-7 wins in the next two games. However, his opponent would then go on a two-game winning streak of his own, taking the match in five and tying the team score at three-all.
Despite nearly closing it in just six matches, Penn would not have to wait much longer as Daniel Judd and Michael Mutscheller each won their matches 3-0 in the final round of play. At No. 4, Judd allowed just 13 points, including a pair of 11-4 wins in the first and third games to clinch his win. At No. 7, Mutscheller opened his match with 11-3 and 11-9 game victories. He would then clinch the team win with another 11-3 victory in the third game.
In the final match to finish play, Thomas Mattsson avenged a five-game loss from last season with a 3-1 victory to give Penn its sixth win. Mattsson opened his match with an 11-3 first game win, but his opponent would tie the score at one-all after the second game. From there, Mattsson just took control, winning 11-1 and 11-3 in the third and fourth games to close play. He allowed just seven points in the three games that he won on the day.
After wrapping up the first part of its schedule with a winning record, Penn will now have just over a month off with the winter break approaching. When the Quakers do return to the courts, they will be making their first Ivy League road trip of the season to Harvard (Jan. 14) and Dartmouth (Jan. 15).
Penn 6, Williams 3
No. 1: Thomas Mattsson (P) def. William Morris (W) (3-1), 11-3, 7-11, 11-1, 11-3
No. 2: Taylor Foehl (W) def. Trevor McGuinness (P) (3-2), 11-7, 9-11, 12-14, 11-5, 11-7
No. 3: Nick Marks (W) def. Dan Greenberg (P) (3-1), 11-9, 1-11, 11-9, 11-7
No. 4: Daniel Judd (P) def. Alexander Greaves-Tunnell (3-0), 11-4, 11-5, 11-4
No. 5: Christopher Wilkinson (W) def. Derek Chilvers (P) (3-2) 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6
No. 6: John Dudzik (P) def. Andrew Maruca (W) (3-0) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7
No. 7: Michael Mutscheller (P) def. Jared Zuckerman (W) (3-0), 11-3, 11-9, 11-3
No. 8: Jack Maine (P) def. Nicholas Greaves-Tunnell (3-1), 8-11, 11-5, 13-11, 14-12
No. 9: Justin Ang (P) def. Unrostered (W) (3-0), 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
No. 10: Hunter Schlacks (P) def. Adnan Khan (W) (3-2), 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 5-11, 11-0