Winning the final two points of his #1 match against Brown to secure a 13-11 victory in the fifth and deciding game, John Steele '14 (photo) made a 5-4 victor of Wesleyan during its last match of the first semester at Brown Sat., Dec. 7. That match followed a comfortable 9-0 win vs. Northeastern to start the day as Wesleyan finished the first semester with a 5-1 mark. Wesleyan was ranked 19th nationally in the poll of 11/24. Brown held the #15 spot.
Steele forged a 2-1 lead in his match against Brown's Blake Reinson before falling in the fourth game. Steele faced Reinson in his final match of the 2012-13 season during the national individual tournament, losing a 3-1 decison. This time, however, Steele's effort in the fifth game complemented the wins of #2 Guy Davidson '16, 3-1; #6 Raheem Logan '16, 3-1; #8 Chris Hart '17, 3-2 (11-5 in the fifth game); and #9 Alex Kamisher, 3-0. Kamisher was most decisive for the Cardinals as he outscored his Brown rival, 33-17, over the three games. For his performance over the weekend, Steele was honored by the College Squash Association (CSA) as its men's Player of the Week.
The win over Brown was just the third for Wesleyan in 15 all-time meetings and the first since a 6-3 win during the 1967-68 season. Wesleyan had lost 12 consecutive matches vs. the Ivy League foe including a 6-3 setback in Boston last season. The teams have met five times this century.
Wesleyan had little trouble disposing of Northeastern to begin action Dec. 7. Eight Cardinals won by 3-0 counts and the ninth, 3-1. Hart and Kamisher were completly dominant as Hart yielded a scant five points and Kamisher a mere four points.
Before breaking for the semester, the Cardinals added a couple of home matches onto the schedule Sun., Dec. 8, taking on Ithaca and Vassar. Resting their top seven players, the Cardinals still came away with 9-0 wins without losing a game. Of the 48 games won by Wesleyan over the two matches (two matches vs. Ithaca were defaults), only twice did an opponent manage seven points or more. Of the other 46, 40 were decided by an 11-0, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 or 11-4 count.
The Cardinals open the 2014 portion of their schedule Tues., Jan. 14, traveling to Bowdoin to face the Polar Bears, ranked 21st in the country.