MAUMEE, Ohio -- The 69th edition of the USHA National Three-Wall Championships kicked off under sunny skies and warm temps on Thursday at the Lucas County Rec Center. While most first-round and preliminary matches can be one-sided, there were multiple tiebreakers on the first day.
Loren Collado stopped Ricardo Palma's bid to advance in the Open Singles with a (16), 18, 7 victory. He'll face 10-time singles champion Sean Lenning tomorrow at 11:00 A.M. (Eastern).
Elsewhere in the 50B Singles, Dennis Pinigis and Dan Emmandorfer went the distance with Pinigis getting the 16, (7), 10 tiebreaker win.
To wrap up the day, Toledo Handball's Jim "Smitty" Smith conducted a USHA Certified Referee Clinic, helping players become more familiar with the while and earning their first or second level of Referee Certification (shown above).
Open Day Wrap-up by David Fink, WPH Senior Writer/USHA Correspondent
The 69th annual USHA National Three-Wall Championships kicked off on Thursday in Maumee, OH, featuring more than 200 Three-Wall crazed men’s, women’s, and junior stars. Sean Lenning’s quest for a record-breaking 11th Men’s Pro Singles title takes center stage in Maumee, as just three wins stands between Lenning and history. Joining Lenning in Maumee are the top men’s, women’s, master’s, skill level, and junior players from across the country, all seeking national titles in one of the best outdoor events in the sport.
Men’s Pro Singles
The Men’s Pro Singles kicked off on Thursday in Maumee, with 12 of the 14 players in action.
The Olympic Club’s R48 #18 Loren Collado stood three points from a first round exit against 2019 USHA Four-Wall National A finalist Ricardo Palma before turning the table on the LAAC star to win a close tiebreaker.
Chicago 3-Wall specialists Dane Szatkowski and Bill Mehilos outscored their opponents by a combined 84-11 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. Chicago’s Carlos Lemus was not as fortunate as his Windy City comrades, losing to the Olympic Club’s Erik Torres in two games.
Tucson’s R48 #16 Abraham Montijo handed the Olympic Club’s head handball coach Anthony Collado a straight sets loss, while former USHA collegiate national champion and R48 #15 Juan Canales, Jr. overcame rising star Ray Ure to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals.
Master’s and skill level brackets also commenced on Thursday, while the Women’s pro singles will start on Friday evening.
Stay tuned to this thread throughout the weekend for updates from the best Labor Day Party in handball.
Follow all of the brackets and results from the 69th USHA National Three-Wall Championships HERE.
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