PHILADELPHIA – Eight years had passed since the University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team defeated Ivy rival Cornell. On Friday night, needing a win to make a push for the top eight of the College Squash Association rankings and Potter Cup contention, the No. 10 Quakers defeated the seventh-ranked Big Red 8-1 at the Ringe Squash Courts.
Penn (8-5, 3-3 Ivy) took control of the match early with strong performances from juniors Augie Frank and Tyler Odell. Following suit were freshmen Hayes Murphy and Derek Hsue in the first flight of matches.
Up 4-1, the Quakers picked up the final four matches against Cornell (5-7, 1-5 Ivy) with freshmen Anders Larson winning in five games, and junior Rahil Fazelbhoy winning in four. Freshman James Watson wore down his opponent in a 3-0 victory, before freshman Marwan Mahmoud capped off the overall match with a brilliant display of toughness and technique, winning in five games, 3-2.
Prior to the match Friday, Penn celebrated Senior Day recognizing three seniors on the men's team for all their hard work and dedication to the program- captain Jack Maine, captain Michael Mutscheller, and Will Michele.
The men’s squash team will continue to build their case for the top eight in the rankings, and a coveted Potter Cup slot, when they travel to take on No. 4 Columbia at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Follow along with the action on Twitter - @PennSquash.