Defeating his Amherst rival at #1 by a 3-1 score and downing his Williams foe, 3-2, with a 13-11 win in the fifth game, John Steele '14 (left side photo) can claim an unofficial Little Three individual title with his 2-0 mark at the top rung during the Little Three gathering in Amherst Sun., Jan. 26. Chris Hart '17 (right side photo) also went 2-0 on the day as he knocked off his Lord Jeff nemisis, 3-0, and his Eph opponent, 3-1. As a team, the Cardinals rolled past Amherst, 7-2, but fell to Williams by the same count. The 7-2 triumph vs. Amherst, just the seventh Cardinal victory in 76 all-time meetings, was the most decisive of the seven wins. Each of the previous six was either 5-4 or 6-3. Wesleyan has now beaten Amherst three times in the last four outings.
Also coming through for the Cardinals with wins over Amherst by convincing 3-0 scores were #2 Guy Davidson '16, #8 Zander Nassikas '14 and #9 Alex Kamisher. Mike DeLalio '15 was a 3-1 winner at #3 and Daniel Sneed '15 provided the seventh win with a 3-2 conquering at #4.
Ahead for the squad is the annual NESCAC Championship, this year being held at Hamilton after spending eight seasons between Trinity, for the main draw, and Wesleyan, for the consolation. The Cardinals are a candidate for a top-four seed for the first time in the nine-year history of the event. The tournament is slated for Fri., Jan. 31 through Sun., Feb. 2.