Wild Wings Open 2012
21-23 Sep, Rye Brook, NY, Usa
(Usa) bt Mason Ripka (Usa)
5-11, 11-9, 14-12
Leanza survives Ripka scare
to capture Buffalo Wild Wings title
Adrian Leanza won the Buffalo Wild Wings Open at Club at 800
in Rye Brook, NY on Sunday afternoon in a hard fought match against
rising star Mason Ripka.
Ripka is just 16 years old, but he won't be catching any pros
unaware again as word will quickly spread about his current level of
There is also an unmistakable similarity in his style of play to
that of reigning PST World Champion Wael El Hindi. The tour's
champion is a masterful shooter, who uses his body on court better
than anyone on the planet. Ripka trains with Hindi and the master
has taught him well.
Leanza dominated the opening frame as the junior seemed overly
energetic. His coach (and father) must have righted the ship because
the second and third games were all Ripka. He moved Leanza around
the court by controlling the tempo of play and capitalizing on
showed tremendous resolve in game four and jumped to a fast 8-2
lead. But Ripka won the next six points to pull the game level.
Leanza's confidence seemed shaken.
But an unforced error from Ripka ended the streak and Leanza seemed
settled again. He won the next two of three points to close out the
game and force a deciding fifth game.
Leanza was the first to reach match ball as he pulled ahead 10-8.
Ripka won the next three rallies and had a match ball of his own,
then another at 12-11. On each of these rallies, he appealed to the
referee for the point and each appeal was denied.
These decisions appeared to frustrate the young star who was in
search of his first PST title, and Leanza closed out the match at
"It doesn't get closer than what we saw
"It's interesting to watch Mason play. I tell juniors who compete on
tour that they will gain experience with us.
"Our tour will make them tougher because the pros do things that
they don't see on the junior circuit.
"However, Mason was the one frustrating our pros this week. He's
mentally tough, he's big and he is getting so strong.
"I think he very well could be playing the best squash of any junior
in the U.S. today, and I expect he will win some PST events this
Wild Wings Open 2012
21-23 Sep, Rye Brook, NY, Usa
22 Sep, from 18.00
23 Sep, 13.00
Adrian Leanza (Usa)
11-8, 11-7, 11-7
11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4
11-2, 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 14-12
Assem Salem (Egy)
11-5, 11-9, 11-8
Jordan Brail (Usa)
Sat Seshadri (Ind)
8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7
Pierson Broadwater (Usa)
11-6, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6
Mohamed Nabil (Egy)
Shahid Khan (Eng)
5-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7
3-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6
Mason Ripka (Usa)
Kyle Jens (Usa)
Sean Wilkinson (Irl)
15-13, 11-4, 11-4
Phil Wilkins (Wal)
11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8
Ned Marks (Usa)
Ripka on a mission
Mason Ripka is on a mission this week in Rye Brook, New York.
After a shocking upset earlier in the day in his quarter final
match, he backed up his performance with an improved effort to beat
Sean Wilkinson in four games during the semi-finals.
Wilkinson began the match and dominated play. He moved Ripka around
the court and the young junior was helpless to counter the assault
as he fell 11-3.
Game two was a different story. The young American showed resolve in
fighting for every point as he leveled the match with an 11-7
Games three and four showed a seismic shift in momentum as Wilkinson
made some unforced errors and Ripka capitalized. Ripka won 11-3 and
11-6 to close out the match.
"I've had a couple good months of work over the summer," Ripka said
in post-game remarks. "I'm looking forward to playing Adrian. He's
fit and patient. Look for me to be sniping."
The second semi-final featured two players who know each other well.
AdrianLeanza and Mohamed Nabil last faced one another in the finals
of the Boston Open, which Nabil won in a tough five game match.
Today belonged to Leanza though. The tournament's top seed is
regarded as PST's fittest player and he seemed quite content to
extend the rallies in the opening frame. Nabil won game one 13-11,
but Leanza was strong. The next three games featured fantastically
long rallies and intense play. However Leanza was simply stronger
winning 11-4, 11-7, 11-4.
The finals will feature two players with very contrasting approaches
to the game. Leanza will extend rallies and wear his opponent down
patiently. Ironically, the young American, who is only 16 years old,
is a shooter.
PST tournaments feature a third place match before the finals. Match
play begins at 11:00 a.m. at Mike Callaway's Club at 800.
Ripka shocks Shahid
Mason Ripka of the USA upset England's Shahid Khan in
the quarter finals of the Buffalo Wild Wings Open. Khan won the
opening frame comfortably 11-5. Game two showed Ripka pushing the
tempo of play from the outset and he won 11-6 to even the match.
Games three and four were evenly played with each player taking one.
Khan won game three 11-7; Ripka took game four 11-9.
Khan made several unforced errors to open game five and Ripka was
hitting aggressively and found several winning nicks as he raced to
a 9-2 lead. Khan fought back to 9-7. However, Ripka closed out the
game and match on the following two rallies.
Khan won PST's Pyramid Open this past spring. Ripka is one of
America' top junior players and competes regularly in PST
their last meeting, it was Assem Salem who prevailed beating
Adrian Leanza in four games in Albany, NY. However Leanza,
the top seed in this week's PST opener, took care of business when
he dispatched Egyptian Assem Salem in three games.
"Assem keeps you on your toes on court. I can't really attack
against him because he is so aggressive. So, I did a lot of counter
punching and fortunately it was enough today."
Ned Marks was seeded #2 in the tournament. However, he faced
an in form Sean Wilkinson on court in the quarter finals. "I
wanted longer rallies today because I thought I had a fitness
advantage," said Marks in post game comments. "But Sean never slowed
down. He played well and deserved the win."
Mohamed Nabil needed four games to get past a pesky Sat
Seshadri, who is making his PST debut this week.
Nabil works off the soreness ...
Season opener set for Rye Brook
The PST opens its 2012/13 season at Club at 800 in Rye Brook,
NY. Several top players will return to action and meet a new group
of future stars.
Headlining the tournament are 2011 Philadelphia Open Champion
Adrian Leanza (USA), 2011 Boston Open Champion Mohamed Nabil
(Egypt) and 2012 Pyramid Open Champion Shahid Khan
Opening round matches begin Friday night and tournament action
continues through the weekend.
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Mason Ripka, Anders Larson, Pierson Broadwater, and
Jordan Brail have entered the tournament. All are elite
players with international experience, yet none has reached
his 17th birthday.
Mason Ripka is from New York and two years ago was
the first junior to ever compete in a PST tournament. He has
won several US junior national championships. This past
summer he represented the US at the World Junior Team
Jordan Brail is a Top 5 US Junior in his division. He
competes out of Riverdale Country School and is a former
Canadian Junior Open Champion and US National Champion.
Brail said, "I've been working really hard with my coaches
in the offseason, and I'm excited to get a chance to play
with the big boys."
Pierson Broadwater received the William T. Ketchum
Award as the most improved junior male player of 2012 and is
currently ranked as a Top 5 junior in his division.
Broadwater has twice represented the U.S. in international
Broadwater said, “I am so happy to have the opportunity to
test my game against professionals . . . It is wonderful
that PST affords this special opportunity to juniors.”
16 year old Anders Larson is the reigning U.S. U-17
National Champion. The young man brings enormous confidence
to the court. Asked about his PST debut, he said I'm "going
to show them how we do it in Brooklyn." And the pros should
pay attention. Anders, like all of the players above, has
extensive international competition experience.
PST Commissioner Joe McManus is looking forward to
seeing these young men compete. "I know Mason well and have
enjoyed seeing his rapid development.
"Anders, Jordan, and Pierson are some of the finest young
squash players in America. As the U.S. seeks to become an
international power in squash, the experience these top
juniors will receive in our tournaments will be invaluable.
"I'm glad they are a part of our tour," concluded McManus.