CLINTON, N.Y. – Amherst College men's squash defeated Bowdoin 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in the consolation round of the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Squash Championships.
The #5 Mammoths (8-8) were knocked out of the winner's bracket tournament earlier Saturday with an 8-1 defeat at the hands of Middlebury College in the quarterfinals.
Amherst 7, Bowdoin 2
The Mammoths won at each of the top four spots, and also at the bottom three spots of the lineup in a tight match in which all but one position went more than the minimum three sets.
Harith Khawaja '19 took four sets to get past George Cooley, winning the last two games 11-6 and 13-11, while David Merkel '19 was the lone straight sets winner, defeating Tyler Shonrock 11-6, 15-13, 11-5 at number four.
Chris Zimmerman '20 handled Drew Clark in four sets at number seven, winning three straight after dropping the opening set. Mateen Mills '20 and Arnav Parikh '21 also overcame first-game losses to win at #8 and #9, respectively.
Middlebury 8, Amherst 1
The Panthers got the better of Amherst for the second time this season, dropping Amherst into the loser's bracket with a quarterfinals defeat.
Amherst's lone win came in fifth singles as Reginald Brewster '21 defeated Wiatt Hinton 11-7, 11-3, 9-11, 13-11.
Wang fought hard in first singles, losing to William Cembalest 7-11, 7-11, 5-11. Khawaja had a close loss in third singles 11-4, 15-17, 14-16, 9-11.
Mills also lost in a tight matchup in eighth singles. He was defeated by Thomas Wolpow 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, and 5-11.