Men’s Squash: Rookies Make Their Mark

By ANN MARTIN SKELLY

MAX PADILLA
Wiatt Hinton ’21 (left) battles Navy’s Jamie Kjorlien (right) in the first men’s squash match of the season.

The 20th-ranked men’s squash team came out with a bang for their first weekend of the season with a tightly contested 5-4 loss against 10th-ranked Navy. Compared to their 9-0 loss to Navy last winter, the squad appeared to show massive improvement. Some of their points came from a speedy three-game win from Thomas Wolpow ’20 at No. 8, and a thrilling five-game comeback from Wiatt Hinton ’21 at No. 6. Likewise, John Epley ’21 took a four-game victory at No. 7, and first-year Teddy Best scored his first collegiate win at No. 5. 

Following Navy, the team returned to the courts on Saturday, Dec. 1 to take on 23rd-ranked Tufts. The Panthers eased past the Jumbos with an 8-1 victory. Wolpow claimed a three-game win at No. 7 to clinch the match for Midd. Three of the team’s points were won by first-years Justin Ghaeli, Teddy Best and Nate Moll. Coming into the match, captain Jacob Ellen ’20 said, “Our first-years are fitting into the team culture very well.” These first-years came out ready to play, scoring their first-ever personal and team collegiate wins. 

Before heading off for their short winter break, the men will travel to Connecticut to face No. 31 Wesleyan on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 14th-ranked George Washington University on Sunday, Dec. 9. There, the team will have another chance to see where they stand against a top-15-ranked team.

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