L-R 3rd Beknd Aiglstorfer, 1st Ray Lee, 1st Mark Nanashee owner Ed Liddawi
Lee and Nanashee Co-Champions at Sandcastle ABCD Event
Sandcastle Billiards in Edison Nj host Mezz ABCD event on March 22, 2015. A strong field came out to play players like: Ray Lee, Mark Nanashee Tim Tanana, Caroline Pao, Bob Milan, Mike Saleh and Beknd Aiglstorfer to name a few. Like to thank Ed Liddawi and his wonderful staff Jennifer VanZile and Ryane Ashley for a job well done.
Leading the top have of the bracket was Ray Lee with wins over Alexandra Calabrese 7-5, Larry Ingram 7-6, Bob Mapes 7-2 and Mike Saleh 7-3. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Beknd Aiglstorfer with wins over Geovanni 7-5, J. Palmieri 7-6, Mark Nanashee 7-4 and Bob Milane 7-5.
Playing for the hot seat was Ray Lee vs Beknd Aiglstorfer this was a one sided match that had Ray Lee winning easily 7-2 and sending Beknd Aiglstorfer to the one lost side. Waiting for Aiglstorfer on the on lost side was Mark Nanashee. This was a good match that had Mark Nanashee winning 7-5 and a spot in the finals.
In the finals it was Ray Lee vs Mark Nanashee both players decided to become co-champions. I Would want to thank all the players that came out to play as well as sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing, Kamui Chalk & Tips, JD Custom Cues, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton, JB Cases, Jabcues and Things, Billiard Life, Howitzer Break Cues, and Steve Klapp Custom Cues, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella
Complete Payouts:
1st Ray Lee $650
1st Mark Nanashee $650
3rd Beknd Aiglstorfer $300
4th Dinko Busanich $200
5th Mike Saleh $125
5th Bob Milane $125
7th Carl Morgan $100
7th Jerry Dunne $100
9th Julie Ha $50
9th Tim Tanana $50
9th Brian Maher $50
9th Bob Mapes $50
L-R Eddie Abraham, co-champion Matt Krah, 3rd Adam Kielar
Krah and Abraham Co-Champions at Drexeline
Mezz Pro-Am made its way to Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill PA on Sunday February 22nd. Krah, in the hot seat, split the top two prizes with Eddie Abraham at the $1,000-added event that drew 32 entrants to Drexeline Billiards.
Unlike the week prior, during which the potential finalists had not met in a match, Krah and Abraham squared off to claim the hot seat. Abraham had sent last week's winner, Wong, to the losers' bracket, as Krah was doing the same to Mark Nanashee; both 7-5. Krah claimed the hot seat 7-4.
On the losers' side, Wong picked up Adam Kielar, who'd been defeated in the second round of winners' side play by Abraham and was in the midst of a five-match, loss-side winning streak that included 6-3 and 6-4 wins over Mike Saleh and Dustin Olsen. Nanashee drew Raphael Saldana, who'd eliminated Rob Hontz 6-4 and Vinne Cimarelli 6-2 to reach him.
Saldana handed Nanashee his second loss 6-2, as Kielar finished Wong 6-1. Kielar then downed Saldana 6-4 in the quarterfinals to earn himself a rematch against Abraham. Abraham downed Kielar a second time, 6-4, in the semifinals, before he and Krah opted out of playing a final match and chose to split the top two prizes.
I Would want to thank all the players that came out to play and Bob Maidhof and his Drexeline Billiards staff, as well as sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing, Kamui Chalk, JD Custom Cues, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton, JB Cases, Jabcues and Things, Billiard Life, Howitzer Break Cues, and Steve Klapp Custom Cues, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Matt Krah $900
2nd Eddie Abraham $475
3rd Adam Kielar $260
4\th Raphael Saldana $150
5th Michael Wong $100
5th Mark Nanashee $100
L-R Scott Bannon, 3rd Adam Kielar, 1st Michael Wong, 2nd Matt Krah
Krah and Wong Co-Champions at Sandcastle to Kickoff Open/Pro 2015 Season
Michael Wong and Matt Krah opted out of a final match at the Mezz Tour's second stop of the year on Sunday, February 15. In the hot seat, Wong claimed the event title, leaving Krah, who'd won three on the loss side to reach him, as runner-up. The $500-added event drew a small field of 16 entrants to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.
Though both finalists played in a winners' side semifinal, they did not face each other. Wong battled Scott Bannon, as Krah took on Adam Kielar. Wong defeated Bannon 7-4 and faced Kielar, who'd sent Krah to the losers' bracket 7-5. Wong claimed the hot seat 7-4 over Kielar in what proved to be his final match of the evening.
On the loss side, Krah's first opponent was Tony Maria, who'd defeated Woo Tang 7-4 and Steve Lillis 7-2. Bannon drew Mike Salen, who'd given up only one rack each in his previous two matches against Kyle Bubet and Julie Ha. Bannon nipped that little run in the bud with a double hill win, as Krah downed Maria 7-4.
Krah took the quarterfinal match against Bannon 7-4 and moved into his final match; the semifinal against Kielar. He won that 7-3 and then agreed with Wong to call it a night and split the top two prizes.
Tour director Jose Burgos thanked the ownership and staff at Sandcastle Billiards, as well as sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin' Clothing, Kamui, J.D. Custom Cues, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, JB Cases, Billiard Life USA, Howitzer Break Cues, Steve Klatt's Custom Cues, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Michael Wong $540
1st Matt Krah $280
3rd Adam Kielar $150
4th Scott Bannon $100
L-R Rob Hontz, owner Bob Maidhof, 2nd Michael Praseuty, 3rd Wes Dobson
Hontz comes from the loss side to defeat Praseutsy in Mezz ABCD Tour finals
The Mezz ABCD Tour made its way to Drexeline Billiards on January 10th & 11th 2015. A strong field came out to play players like Michael Praseutsy, Rob Hontz, Mike Saleh, Joe Hong, Wes Dobson, Jerry Dunne, Mark Nanashee, Colleen Shoop, Michele Jones and Garry Serrano.
From among the final eight on the winners' side of the bracket in the opening stop on the 2015 Mezz Tour, Rob Hontz fought a double hill, ultimately unsuccessful battle against Mike Saleh, which sent him to the loss side. Hontz then won five in a row, and fought an ultimately successful battle against hot seat occupant, Michael Praseutsy, to claim the title.
With Hontz out of the way, Saleh moved into a winners' side semifinal against Wes Dobson, while Praseutsy faced Gary Serano. Saleh ended up in a second straight double hill match, but this one sent him to the losers' bracket and Dobson into the hot seat match. Praseutsy downed Serrano 7-3, and then, by the same score, got into the hot seat over Dobson.
Hontz began his trek back to the finals with his second straight double hill match, winning this one, over George Ellinger. He came within a game of a third double hill match when he defeated Vinny Cimarelli 7-5, which set him up to face Serano. Saleh picked up Mark Nanashee, who'd shut out A.J. Fitzgerald and defeated Owen Collins 7-4 to reach him.
Hontz' opportunity for a re-match against Saleh was denied him when Nanashee defeated Saleh, double hill. Instead, after giving up only a single rack to Serano, Hontz faced Nanashee in the quarterfinals, where a 7-4 win gave him a shot at Dobson in the semifinals.
Hontz took full advantage. He gave up another solo rack to Dobson and entered the finals with a 35-17 loss-side record. By agreement, Hontz and Praseutsy opted out of a double elimination final, agreeing to play a single match for the title. Hontz won it 7-5 to claim the first stop on the 2015 Mezz Tour.
I Would want to thank all the players that came out to play and Bob Maidhof and his Drexeline Billiards staff, as well as sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing, Kamui Chalk, JD Custom Cues, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton, JB Cases, Jabcues and Things, Billiard Life, Howitzer Break Cues, and Steve Klapp Custom Cues, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella.
Complete Payouts:
1st Rob Hontz $650
2nd Michael Praseutsy $400
3rd Wes Dobson $200
4th Mark Nanashee $150
5th Mike Saleh $80
5th Gary Serrano $80