Six Elis Reach Saturday Consolation Rounds
HARTFORD, Conn. – Saturday was Day Two at the CSA Individual Championships, and while all eight Bulldogs were out of the title race, there was still a lot of action remaining in the consolation brackets.
In the Molloy Cup, juniors Eric Caine and Charlie Wyatt both earned berths in the Second Round Consolation Bracket after being eliminated in the Round of 32. In their consolation matches, Caine faced Navy's James Kacergis, while Wyatt met Trinity's Zeyad Elshorfy. Both lost in three games. Sophomore Joseph Roberts, the other Eli competing in the Molloy Cup, exited the tournament a round earlier and was placed in the First Round Consolation Bracket, where he faced Michael LeBlanc of Princeton. While Roberts took an early lead, he eventually fell 3-1.
Meanwhile in the Pool Division, the tournament's top flight, four Bulldogs had Saturday matches in the consolation brackets. Junior Neil Martin and Senior Richard Dodd, were both competing in the First Round Consolation Bracket after going down in the Round of 32. Both won their first round consolation matches on Friday (Martin over Harvard's Nigel Koh, and Dodd over George Washington's Omar Sobhy), which placed the pair in the bracket's quarterfinals. Unfortunately, this is as far as they would go; Martin losing to Trinity's Miled Zarazua, and Dodd conceding a close one to Mauricio Sedano of Franklin & Marshall. Zarazua reached the quarterfinals after defeating Yale freshman Zachary Leman on Friday.
Yale's stars of the tournament, freshman Sam Fenwick and senior Kenneth Chan, who both reached the Pool Division's Round of 16, were placed in the Second Round Consolation Bracket. There, Fenwick met fellow freshman Faraz Khan of Rochester, who edged him 11-8 in three straight games. Chan played Princeton's Samuel Kang and also lost in three.
In the tournament's main bracket, Princeton's No. 1, Todd Harrity, will face the No. 3 seed, Amr Khalid Khalifa (St. Lawrence) in the finals. Khalifa reached the finals after a thrilling semifinal victory over fellow Egyptian sensation Ali Farag (Harvard). To view the full bracket, click here.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity