Schweitzer Wins Cleveland Classic

Philadelphia Native Earns First Pro Title

Zach Schweitzer

(l) Zach Schweitzer (r) Sherif Shahin

 

October 19, 2004 - Zachary Schweitzer won the Cleveland Classic this weekend. The victory marks Schweitzer's first Professional Squash Tour tournament title.

 

The Philadelphia native beat Egypt's Sherif Shahin in a 46 minute final at Cleveland State University.

 

Game scores were 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6.

 

The match had three strokes awarded (two to Schweitzer one to Shahin). Three times the players appealed to the referee and were denied (Schweitzer twice, Shahin once). And four rallies were replayed (let call) with each player having appealed twice.

 

The weekend tournament was hosted at Cleveland State University and represented Pro Squash Tour's 5th annual Cleveland Classic.

 

Schweitzer hails from the Chestnut Hill Academy and trained under coaching legend Mike Jefferys. The 6'3" 22 year old made his PST debut two years ago. This marks his first tournament victory. Schweitzer is currently the captain of Tufts University's squash team.

 

"It was a great final," said Schweitzer in post match comments.

 

"Sherif does a few things on court that are unique to his game. Tough player. I really enjoyed the match."

 

The tournament represents PST's 5th annual Cleveland Classic.

 

"This tournament and this city mean a great deal to me," said PST Commissioner Joe McManus. For five years, it's been my favorite stop. I was thrilled to celebrate World Squash Day in Cleveland."

 

Schweitzer scraping the ball off the wall

Semi-final results:

Schweitzer beat Magana 11-7, 11-6

Shahin beat Chiulli 11-4, 9-11, 11-9

 

Quarter Final Results:

Zach Schweitzer (USA) beat Marshall Crane (USA) 11-8, 11-6
Braden Chiulli (USA) beat Drew Levine (USA) 11-6, 11-6
Daraius Sumariwalla ( India) beat Fernando Magana (El Salvador) 11-8, 11-1
Sherif Shahin (Egypt) beat Khadija Muhammed (USA) 11-7, 11-5