The 21st-ranked Middlebury men's squash team upset #18 Bates by a 7-2 score during the Summers Cup Third/Fourth-Place match at the CSA Team Championships. Sunday's contest was played in at the Westminster School in Simsford, Connecticut. The Panthers finish the season ranked 19th-nationally with an overall record of 9-12, winners of two of their three final matches.
The Panthers raced out to a 4-0 lead, winning the first four courts to muster a decision. Thomas Wolpow started things with a four-game victory in the eighth position over Benni McComish (9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9), while Jacob Ellen doubled the lead via a four-game triumph at #2 (11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4).
Henry Pearson made the score 3-0 in favor of Middlebury with a 14-12, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 triumph over Coley Cannon in the fourth position, while John Epley needed five games to edge Anirudh Nambiar at #6 (7-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7).
The Bobcats (12-6) posted their lone point of the match with a four-game win at the bottom of the ladder.
Middlebury claimed the final four matches, including a pair of five-game wins. William Cembalest clinched the match, defeating Mahmoud Yousry in the top spot (14-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-3), while Wiatt Hinton swept McLeod Abbott at #5 (11-6, 14-12, 11-4). Alex Merrill came back from a 2-0 deficit at #7 for a five-game victory over Garon Rothenberg (9-11, 4-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9), while Jack Kagan grabbed the eighth Panther point with a five-game decision over Omar Attia in the third slot (11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 11-3).
Selected individuals will compete from March 2-4 at the CSA Individual Championships hosted by Squash on Fire in Washington, D.C.