CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT squash team hosted an invitational in conjunction with Wellesley College at the Zesiger Center squash courts over the weekend. The Engineers squared off against four local rivals, Boston University, Northeastern University, Boston College and Harvard University, as well as visiting New York University, and came away with a 3-2 ledger over the three days of competition. Tech defeated Boston Univ., 9-0, Boston College, 6-3, and New York Univ., 8-1, while falling the fifth-ranked Harvard, 9-0, and Northeastern, 7-2
Freshman Steve Cho (Lexington, Mass.) was outstanding for the Cardinal and Gray, winning four of his five matches at the No. 3 position. The freshman earned a tough, five-set win over Josh Ko of Boston College, battling back to win 7-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8. He also picked up straight set wins over Mike Wegman of Northeastern (11-9, 11-6, 11-8) and Zeke Hinchberg of NYU (11-3, 11-1, 11-4).
Sophomore West Hubbard (Greenwich, Conn.) got off to a fast start, winning his first three matches of the weekend before falling to his opponents from Harvard and NYU.
Against BU, Hubbard got things started with a convincing, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 win at the top spot. Freshmen Peter Riley, David Bian (Austin, Texas) and Laura Wacker also won in straight sets against their respective opponents during the 9-0 victory for Tech.
Hubbard and Cho picked up the only points for MIT in Friday's second match against Northeastern. Hubbard won, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7, in the first position while Cho was an 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 winner at No. 3.
The Engineers dominated the top of the ladder during Saturday's 6-3 win over Boston College, emerging victorious in five of the top six positions, with Hubbard, Cho, Riley, Bian and sophomore Abhi Mitra (Medford, Mass.) picking up wins.
After dropping a 9-0 decision to Harvard on Saturday afternoon, the Cardinal and Gray recovered to cap the weekend with an 8-1 victory over NYU on Sunday. Junior Connor Kirschbaum (Suffield, Conn.) was particularly dominant, surrendering just two points in a three-set win (11-0, 11-2, 11-0).
MIT will travel to Amherst College next Saturday, December 10 for its final match of the semester before taking off for final exams and winter break. The Engineers and Lord Jeffs will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.