WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Penn men's squash player, Thomas Mattsson, forced to retire in consolation bracket due to injury after making to to the Round of 16.
Mattsson, who was ranked No. 26 in the nation prior to the Collegiate Squash Association Individual Championships defeated No. 8 Chris Callas of Princeton in a 3-2 thriller to advance to the Round of 16 in the Potter Division (A division). In his second match of the tournament Mattsson fell to No. 3 Kelly Shannon, 3-0 of Princeton. Mattsson moved into the consolation bracket and was set to play HameedAhmed, but retire due toinjury.
In Mattsson's opening match, helost the first two games, 8-10, 3-9, to put himself in a 2-0 deficit.You would never know thatthis was Mattsson's first trip to the Championships as hefought back to sweep the final three games (9-7, 10-8, 9-3).
Head Coach Craig Thorpe-Clark commented on the impressive play of the Penn freshman.
'Mattssson stayed focus and remained strong despite being down in the match," he said. "He kept his head in the match and pulled out an excellent win."
In the Round of 16 match, Mattsson was defeated in three games (9-3, 9-3, 9-4) to the number three seed in the tournament, Shannon.
Teammate No. 34Trevor McGuinness, whoalso played in the Potter Division,droped both his two matches to be eliminated from the tournament.McGuinessfell to No. 3 Colin West of Harvard (9-2, 9-0, 9-1), he then moved into the consolation bracket where he fell to Andreas Vargas ofTrinity (9-6, 9-4, 9-0).