John Steele '14, Named Skillman Award Finalist, Places 5th at Div. III Individual Tourney While Team Falls to St. Lawrence, Then Goes 2-1 at Nationals to Finish 19th
John Steele '14 (photo) took fifth place in a field of 32 competitors in the first Division III Individual Championship hosted by Bowdon Fri.-Sun., Feb. 7-9. Both Steele and Guy Davidson '16 won their opening two matches to reach the quarterfinals. Both lost their next match to head into the battle for fifth place abnd Steele won both matches, 3-0, to claim the prize. Davidson dropped his first match in consolations. Also representing Wesleyan at the tournament was Raheem Logan '16, who went 0-2 during the competition.
Without Steele, Davidson and Logan in the lineup for a dual match vs. #4-ranked St. Lawrence Sun., Feb. 9, not surprisingly the Cardinals lost a 9-0 decision with all matches going 3-0 for the Saints.
Seedings are out for the upcoming CSA National Team Tournament, to be hosted by Harvard Fri.-Sun., Feb. 14-16. Wesleyan is seeded second in "C" (Summers) Division, and played seventh-seeded Colby in the first round Friday. Wesleyan had already defeated Colby twice this season, 9-0 and 7-2. The team added another 9-0 win with #1 Steele, #2 Davidson and #4 Daniel Sneed '15 all winning, 3-0, joined by #9 Alex Kamisher. The second round brought a tremendous rematch with Brown, seeded third, to the table for Sat., Feb. 15. Wesleyan upended Brown, 5-4, early in the season. This time, Brown exacted revenge with its own 5-4 win, relegating Wesleyan to the match for third place in the division against George Washington Sun., Feb. 16. Winners vs. Brown were Davidson, Chris Hart '17, Zander Nassikas '14 and Kamisher. All four of these Cardinals made it a 3-0 weekened as they defeated their GWU rival during Wesleyan's 6-3 triumph that gave Weseyan 19th-place nationally. Also victorious for the Cardinals was Steele and and #6 Ethan Moritz '14. The Cardinals posted a solid 15-8 record during 2013-14.
During the National Team Tournament, the winner of the prestigious Skillman Award was to be announced. Steele is one of the finalists for the honor which goes to a senior collegiate men's squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship throughout his career. Steele, who has played number one for Wesleyan for four years, is a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and has twice been named NESCAC all-sportsmanship and academic all-NESCAC. For a complete release about the Skillman Award finalists, please click < here >.