Friday, March 11, 2016

Bredenbeck upsets Carson, reaches quarterfinals for 1st time at 2016 IRT 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout

Seismic upset in the Round of 16 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois, as Jake Bredenbeck knocks off IRT #2 Rocky Carson, 11-1, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7. The win puts Bredenbeck in the quarterfinals of a Tier 1 IRT event for the first time. He’ll face Jansen Allen in the quarters, as Allen defeated Mario Mercado, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8, in the 16s.

Carson has been a model of consistency in IRT events, which highlights exactly how big Bredenbeck’s upset was. Carson had only 3 losses in the 16s in 13 years. Carson hadn’t lost a Round of 16 match since the 2010 US Open, when he lost to Alvaro Beltran in the 16s (Beltran was coming back after missing most of the 2009-10 season due to injury). Prior to that, Carson lost in the 16s to Kane Waselenchuk in 2008, as Waselenchuk was returning to the IRT. You have to go all the way back to 2003 for Carson’s third loss in the 16s, when Sudsy Monchik beat him at the 2003 US Open.

The last season Carson lost more than once in the Round of 16 was 2002-03, when Mike Green beat him three times and Mike Guidry beat him once.

Sebastian Franco was also an upset winner in the Round of 16, as he defeated 5th seed Felipe Camacho, 11-8, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8. Franco will face 4th seed Alvaro Beltran in the quarters, as Beltran beat Matthew Majxner, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7.

In other action Friday, Waselenchuk, the IRT’s #1 player, defeated Alejandro Herrera, 11-1, 11-0, 11-2, and will take on Marco Rojas in the quarterfinals, as Rojas beat Robert Collins, 14-12, 11-5, 11-3.

The IRT Round of 16 is being streamed live Friday from 10 AM CST via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon from 5 PM on. Also, the semi-finals will be 11 AM and 1 PM Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:30 PM.

2016 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout, March 10-13
Lombard, Illinois

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Alejandro Herrera, 11-1, 11-0, 11-2
8) Marco Rojas d. Robert Collins, 14-12, 11-5, 11-3

Sebastian Franco d. 5) Felipe Camacho, 11-8, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8
4) Alvaro Beltran d. Matthew Majxner, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7

3) Jose Rojas d. Scott McClellan, 11-1, 16-14, 11-1
6) Daniel De La Rosa d. Mauricio Zelada, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7

7) Jansen Allen d. Mario Mercado, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8
Jake Bredenbeck d. 2) Rocky Carson, 11-1, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 8) Marco Rojas
4) Alvaro Beltran v. Sebastian Franco

3) Jose Rojas v. 6) Daniel De La Rosa
7) Jansen Allen v. Jake Bredenbeck

Follow the bouncing ball….

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