Wednesday, January 4, 2012

IRT - 2012 California Open Preliminary Rounds

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) begins 2012 with the Coast to Coast California Open in Canoga Park, California. This will mark three years since IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk was defeated on court, as he lost to Alvaro Beltran in four games at the 2009 California Open.

Since then Waselenchuk's won every time he's stepped on the court. Sadly, Beltran had a major mis-step on the court resulting in an injury that led to him missing most of the 2009-10 IRT season.

But Beltran's healthy now, and is one of the 45 players in the qualifying rounds that will happen on Thursday. Beltran looks likely to make it through qualifying and into the Round of 16 on Friday, as does fellow Mexican Javier Moreno, who partnered with Beltran to win gold in October at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

But there could be some good final qualifying matches, as Anthony Herrera will likely face Jose Diaz, Taylor Knoth will be up against Andreas Herrera, and Tony Carson battles Kris Odegard. However, for those matches to happen one or two wins have to be earned first, and woe can come to those who look past early matches in anticipation of what is to come.

The IRT Network will be web-casting California Open matches beginning Thursday January 5 at 9 PM PST.

2012 California Open - Canoga Park, California

Round 1

Josh Tucker v. Sadao Funatani
Armondo Bermudez v. Alexi David Cocco Hayes

Felipe Munoz v. Majeed Shahin
Kris Odegard v. Alejandro Arango

Ryan Meyer v. Jaime Martell
Peter Wrigley v. Coby Iwaasa

Keith Minor v. Yuho Ariga

Alex Ackermann v. Ernesto Ruiz
Jeremy McGlothin v. Yuji Motino

Andrew Gale v. Kevin Kringle
Brian Pineda v. Darrell Bericuatro

Ruben Gonzalez v. John Scott
Hank Minardo v. Amir Shahin

Jose Diaz v. Francisco Troncoso
Jansen Allen v. Thomas Eisner

Grant Stalley v. Matt Majxner
Ryoki Kamahara v. Scott Burr

Round 2

Alex Landa v. Josh Tucker or Sadao Funatani
Arthur Schmeiser v. Armondo Bermudez or Alexi David Cocco Hayes

Felipe Munoz or Majeed Shahin v. Kris Odegard or Alejandro Arango
Ryan Meyer or Jaime Martell v. Peter Wrigley or Coby Iwaasa

Alvaro Beltran v. Keith Minor or Yuho Ariga
Alex Ackermann or Ernesto Ruiz v. Jeremy McGlothin or Yuji Motino

Daniel De La Rosa v. Andrew Gale or Kevin Kringle
Brad Schopieray v. Brian Pineda or Darrell Bericuatro

Ruben Gonzalez or John Scott v. Hank Minardo or Amir Shahin
Jose Diaz or Francisco Troncoso v. Jansen Allen or Thomas Eisner

Taylor Knoth v. Grant Stalley or Matt Majxner
Andres Herrera v. Ryoki Kamahara or Scott Burr

Round 3

Q8: Alex Landa / Josh Tucker / Sadao Funatani v. Arthur Schmeiser / Armondo Bermudez / Alexi David Cocco Hayes
Q1: Tony Carson v. Felipe Munoz / Majeed Shahin / Kris Odegard / Alejandro Arango

Q4: Juan Herrera v. Ryan Meyer / Jaime Martell / Peter Wrigley / Coby Iwaasa
Q5: Alvaro Beltran / Keith Minor / Yuho Ariga v. Alex Ackermann / Ernesto Ruiz / Jeremy McGlothin / Yuji Motino

Q6: Daniel De La Rosa / Andrew Gale / Kevin Kringle v. Brad Schopieray / Brian Pineda / Darrell Bericuatro
Q3: Javier Moreno v. Ruben Gonzalez / John Scott / Hank Minardo / Amir Shahin

Q2: Anthony Herrera v. Jose Diaz / Francisco Troncoso / Jansen Allen / Thomas Eisner
Q7: Taylor Knoth / Grant Stalley / Matt Majxner v. Andres Herrera / Ryoki Kamahara / Scott Burr

Main Draw - Round of 16

Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8
Charlie Pratt v. Q1

Jose Rojas v. Q4
Chris Crowther v. Q5

Ben Croft v. Q6
Andy Hawthorne v. Q3

Shane Vanderson v. Q2
Rocky Carson v. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball....

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