Sunday, February 2, 2020

Waselenchuk defeats Mercado to win 2020 IRT Lou Bradley Memorial Pro-Am

Kane Waselenchuk defeated Mario Mercado, 15-2, 15-3, in the final of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 22nd Annual Lou Bradley Memorial Pro-Am in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The win further cements Waselenchuk’s status at the #1 IRT player.

It was the first time Waselenchuk and Mercado had played in a final, and Waselenchuk said “I wanted to make it a memorable one for him.”

Mercado acknowledged that Waselenchuk “played totally differently” than in their six previous meetings, which were also wins for Waselenchuk but not finals.

Mercado’s now played in two finals, losing both. The first was to Charlie Pratt back in December 2017. In contrast, Waselenchuk’s played 132 finals, winning 122 of them.

The points came fast and furious in the match. Waselenchuk went up 5-0 and then 10-0 in game one. Mercado got two points then, and Waselenchuk finished it off, 15-2.

Game two had the same storyline. Waselenchuk went out to the early lead, 7-0 this time. Mercado got a few points, making it 7-3, and then Waselenchuk finished it up, 15-3.

Waselenchuk served well in the match, hitting seven aces.

The IRT will next be in action at the 35th Annual KWM Gutterman Shamrock Shootout, March 12-15 in Lombard, Illinois. If you missed any of the action from Wisconsin, check out the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page where the matches have been archived.

2020 IRT Lou Bradley Memorial, January 30-February 2, 2020
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Final - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 11) Mario Mercado, 15-2, 15-3

Follow the bouncing ball….

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