September 22, 2015

First IRT tournament in the books for 2015-2016

September 22, 2015/ Justin Johnson

IRT fans saw some familiar results during the Ghost of Georgetown 2015 IRT Pro-Am in Kansas City, but there were a couple of matches that caused a collective, "Whoa..." after two of the most surprising upsets in recent racquetball history.

While Kane Waselenchuk and Rocky Carson were their usual dominant selves during this year's IRT season opener, a couple of notable upsets sent ripples through the IRT. Number three-ranked Alvaro Beltran and number-six ranked Ben Croft both fell in their opening-round matches of the tournament, clearing the way for some fresh new faces to appear on the IRT scene.

To be fair, injury most definitely played a part in both matches. Beltran, who's had a history of back problems throughout his career, reportedly struggled with back issues as Wichita's Bradly Rogers battled his way to a five-game victory. Rogers was down two games to one before fighting his way back for the win with scores of 3-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8. Rogers was ranked no. 55 in the country by USA Racquetball heading into the tournament and entered the event ranked 37th in the IRT.

Croft lasted four games before bowing out to Felipe Camacho, who came into the event as the IRT's no. 19-ranked player. Croft entered the tournament just five months after undergoing shoulder surgery and withdrew due to injury after Camacho jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the fourth game. Camacho led the match two games to one at the time after games of 11-0, 2-11, and 11-5.

All of these are interesting side notes heading into the U.S. Open next month in Minneapolis, Minnesota where racquetball players and enthusiasts from all over the world will congregate to take part in the most anticipated event of the year.

There was no indication of rust during the IRT season opener for the game's top two players in the world. Waselenchuk and Carson both looked as sharp as ever, cruising to victory throughout the early rounds before locking horns in the finals. Waslenchuck dominated the action in games one and two of the championship, winning the first 11-5 and stifling Carson in game two with a dominating 11-0 performance. But Carson refused to quit, and came out of game three with an exciting 13-11 win to extend the match.

IRT fans got a scare near the end of the third game, as Waselenchuk went down after lunging for a Carson drive serve deep in the corner of the court. The IRT's 10-time No. 1 player in the world and 10-time U.S. Open champion hit his knee against the wall in an attempt to return the serve and was forced to take an injury timeout to walk it off. Waselenchuk returned to form quickly in the fourth and closed out the championship with an 11-2 win.

 

Ghost of Georgetown 2015 Kansas City IRT Pro-Am: Tournament Summary

 

Finals

Kane Waselenchuk def. Rocky Carson 11-5, 11-0, 11-13, 11-2

 

Semifinals

Kane Waselenchuk def. Jose Rojas 11-6, 11-0, 11-2

Rocky Carson def. Felipe Camacho11-5, 11-8, 11-7

 

Quarterfinals

Kane Waselenchuk def. Jose Diaz 11-3, 11-3, 11-2

Jose Rojas def. Daniel De La Rosa 9-11, 12-10, 11-1, 7-11, 11-9

Felipe Camacho def. Bradly Rogers 11-9, 11-7, 11-4

Rocky Carson def. Jansen Allen 11-7, 11-1, 11-5

 

Round of 16s

Kane Waselenchuk def. Brad Schopieray 11-0, 11-4, 11-5

Jose Diaz def. Robert Collins 11-6, 11-1, 11-6

Jose Rojas def. Mauricio Zelada 11-0, 11-4, 11-4

Daniel De La Rosa def. Scott McClellan 11-3, 11-1, 11-0

Bradly Rogers def. Alvaro Beltran 3-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8

Felipe Camacho def. Ben Croft 11-0, 2-11, 11-5, 7-0(WBF)

Jansen Allen def. Matthew Majxner 11-1, 11-2, 11-4

Rocky Carson def. Mario Mercado 11-5, 11-4, 11-9

 

Round of 32

Brad Schopieray def. Cody Hudson 11-0, 11-8, 14-12

Mauricio Zelada def. Troy Warigon 8-11, 11-1, 11-6, 11-7

Scott McClellan def. John Hudson 11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7

Bradly Rogers def. Jeremy McGlothin 11-3, 11-5, 11-2

Mario Mercado def. Filip Vesely 11-9, 11-1, 11-5

 

Tournament Champion: Kane Waselenchuk - Tournament Match Recap

Kane Waselenchuk def. Brad Schopieray 11-0, 11-4, 11-5

Kane Waselenchuk def. Jose Diaz 11-3, 11-3, 11-2

Kane Waselenchuk def. Jose Rojas 11-6, 11-0, 11-2

Kane Waselenchuk def. Rocky Carson 11-5, 11-0, 11-13, 11-2

 

Tournament Runner-Up: Rocky Carson - Tournament Match Recap

Rocky Carson def. Mario Mercado 11-5, 11-4, 11-9

Rocky Carson def. Jansen Allen 11-7, 11-1, 11-5

Rocky Carson def. Felipe Camacho 11-5, 11-8, 11-7

Kane Waselenchuk def. Rocky Carson 11-5, 11-0, 11-13, 11-2

 

Semifinal Appearance: Felipe Camacho - Tournament Match Recap

Felipe Camacho def. Ben Croft 11-0, 2-11, 11-5, 7-0(WBF)

Felipe Camacho def. Bradly Rogers 11-9, 11-7, 11-4

Rocky Carson def. Felipe Camacho 11-5, 11-8, 11-7

 

Semifinal Appearance: Jose Rojas - Tournament Match Recap

Jose Rojas def. Mauricio Zelada 11-0, 11-4, 11-4

Jose Rojas def. Daniel De La Rosa 9-11, 12-10, 11-1, 7-11, 11-9

Kane Waselenchuk def. Jose Rojas 11-6, 11-0, 11-2