Jeremy Sossei is definitely picking up where he left
off after his short break from the game in 2018. He kept
up his winning ways with an undefeated run through a field
of 44 players at Utica Billiards on the Boulevard in Utica,
NY for the Joss NE 9-Ball tour stop on April 6th - 7th.
Sossei’s first match of the day on Saturday was his
closest match of the day, as he got things started with
a 9-5 win over Frank Ricelli. After that win though, Sossei
put together back to back 9-2 wins over Andrew Van Master
and Bruce Carrol, and he then closed out day one with a
one-sided 9-4 win over Bucky Souvanthong.
Sunday play got underway with Sossei scoring a 9-4 win over
Bruce Nagle and then a 9-5 win over Ron Casanzio for the
On the one loss side, all eyes were on Damon Sobers. After
a 9-7 loss to Ryan Mayo midday Saturday, Sobers won six
straight matches on the left side of the board (including
hill-hill wins over Ben Werblow, Ed Saur and Bruce Nagle.
Casanzio would finally end Sobers’ winning streak
with a 7-4 semi-final match score.
Casanzio would still not be able to get by Sossei in the
finals, where Sossei won 9-4 in the first set. It was Sossei’s
second Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win this year.
While Josh Welsh’s win in Sunday’s second chance
tournament was not an undefeated one like Sossei’s
main event win, it was still impressive. Welsh cruised to
the hot-seat with a five match winning streak and an overall
record of 15 wins and 2 losses. After Jon McConnell eliminated
Jared Zimmerman on the one loss side, he came back and handed
Welsh his first loss 3-2 in the first set of the double
elimination finals. Welsh then came back and scored a 3-2
win over McConnell in the second set for the tournament
win. The win was Welsh’s first win on the Joss NE