Mike Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
2023-24 Season

L-R Lukas Fracasso-Verner 2nd, Kayla Riccio manager, Kevin Guimond 1st
GUIMOND OVER LUKAS FRACASSO-VERNER TO TAKE SHARP SHOOTERS STOP #12
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L-R Mike Zuglan, Lukas Fracasso-Verner 2nd, Shaun Wilkie 1st, Beau Powers manager & Mazin Shooni owner of Amazin Billiards
NEUHAUSEN GOES UNDEFEATED TO CAPTURE OCEAN STATE 9-BALL TITLE

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour got the second half of their 2023 – 2024 season underway with eighty-one players at Amazin Billiards in Malden Massachusetts for the 2024 Massachusetts State Nineball Championship.

The right side of the board narrowed down to just four players by the end of Saturday play. That left Sunday morning winners side matches with Dave Hall facing Jimmy Nou and Ranulf Tamba playing Shaun Wilkie. Wilkie made quick work of Tamba 9-3 and Dave Hall made even quicker work of Nou in a 9-0 match.

Those two matches were lopsided, but the hot-seat match was a true battle with Wilkie emerging the winner of a hill-hill match.

Looking back on the four matches that Wilkie won on Saturday, one of those matches was a 9-5 win over young gun Lukas Fracasso-Verner. If Wilkie thought that was all that he would have to deal with from Fracasso-Verner, he was wrong. Fracasso-Verner capped off a nine-match winning streak on the one-loss side, with a 7-6 will over Dave Hall to earn a rematch with Wilkie in the finals.

Fracasso-Verner extended his winning streak to ten straight matches, with a hill-hill 9-8 win over Wilkie in the first set of the finals, but was on the wrong end of another hill-hill match in the second set, as Wilkie won 7-6 to hold on for the tournament win.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw twenty-three players competing for nearly $1000 in prize money. Dan Sharlow took the hot-seat with a 3-0 win over Jay Aliomer. On the one-loss side, Beau Powers handed Aliomer his second loss, 3-2, and the final match between Sharlow and Powers was set.

Powers won the first set of the finals 3-0, but Sharlow came back to win the second set 3-2 for the win.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is off this weekend but will be back in action on February 17th – 18th with another $1500 added events at Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam, NY.

- by AzB staff
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GORST DEFENDS TURNING STONE CLASSIC TITLE
L-R Fedor Gorst and Mike Zuglan

The Turning Stone Classic has seen its fair share of multiple event winners. Jayson Shaw has nine career Turning Stone Classic titles. Shane Van Boening and Johnny Archer both have six. Mika Immonen and Francisco Bustamante both have two career Turning Stone Classic titles, and they are now joined by Fedor Gorst, after a dominating 13-5 win over Jayson Shaw in the finals of the Turning Stone Classic XXXVIII, held on January 4th – 7th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.

Gorst and Shaw both came into Sunday play undefeated, along with BCA Hall of Famer Rodney “The Rocket” Morris and Canadian “Big Red” Erik Hjorleifson. Shaw made quick work of Morris in a 9-5 match that really wasn’t as close as the scoreline would indicate, and Gorst made even quicker work of Hjorleifson 9-2.

The hot-seat match looked like it was going to be a lopsided win for Gorst, as he led Shaw by the score of 4-0, right out of the gate. Just as quickly as Gorst raced to that 4-0 lead though, Shaw quickly knotted things at 4-4 and then pulled ahead at 6-5. Shaw kept control of things and got to the hill at 8-5. Gorst clawed back one rack to 8-6 but a dry break by Gorst led to a safety battle that was won by Shaw as he ran out for the 9-6 win.

Gorst went out to another early 4-0 lead in the semi-final against Erik Hjorleifson, but this time he didn’t stop. Gorst was on the hill at 8-0 before Hjorleifson could win a rack, and all Hjorleifson could do was get back to 8-2 before Gorst finished off the match at 9-2.

Fans at the Turning Stone Casino are familiar with the dominance of Jayson Shaw in the finals, but this time, it appeared to be a much less comfortable Shaw in the finals. He led the race to 13 extended final match at 2-1 early, but uncharacteristic misses combined with Gorst’s stellar play, led to an early 8-2 lead for Gorst. Gorst extended that lead to seven racks at 11-4. Both players were making balls on the break with ease and coming back from a seven rack deficit was too much, even for Jayson Shaw. Shaw got the score back to 12-5, but that would be his last surge with Gorst finishing off the match 13-5 for his second straight Turning Stone Classic title.

- by AzB staff
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L-R Paul Troxell owner, Alex Bausch 2nd, Moritz Neuhausen 1st, Mike Zuglan
NEUHAUSEN GOES UNDEFEATED TO CAPTURE OCEAN STATE 9-BALL TITLE

It’s been a good year for Germany’s Young Gun Moritz Neuhausen. Neuhausen teamed up with Joshua Filler for a second place finish at the World Cup of Pool back in June and then teamed up with both Pia and Joshua to win November’s World Teams Championship. A second place finish to Lee Vann Corteza and then a win in Connecticut were other highlights of the year. After an undefeated run last weekend at Snookers in Providence RI, Neuhausen can now add the 35th Ocean State 9-Ball Championship to his list of 2023 accomplishments.

Neuhausen hadn’t even planned on playing the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s Ocean State event, but was staying with friends in New York and they showed an interest in playing, so off they went. Neuhausen went through Saturday play with wins over Bill Longmore, Evan Moreau and winner of the Joss Stop on the weekend before in New York, Christoph Neumayer.

After a 7-4 win over “Giant Killer” Jeremy Sossei on Sunday morning, Neuhausen scored a comfortable 7-2 win over Jared Demalia and then a 7-0 win over Alex Bausch for the hot-seat. Bausch eliminated Sossei in the semi-final match 7-5, but wouldn’t fare much better in his rematch against Neuhausen as Neuhausen won the first set of the finals 7-3 for the tournament win.

Sunday’s second chance event came down to Phil Davis and Steve Mack for the hot-seat, with Davis winning 3-1. Mack then lost his one loss side match to Mehdi Bahloul to set up Davis and Bahloul in the finals. Bahloul won the first set of the finals 3-1, but Davis came back to win the second set 3-0 for the tournament win.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour now takes it’s mid-season break until the Turning Stone Classic XXXVIII at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY on January 4th-7th.

- by AzB staff
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L-R Christoph Neumayer 1st, Holden Chin owner,
Jeremy Sossei 2nd
NEUMAYER OVER SOSSEI AT RAXX STOP #9
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L-R Ron Casanzio 1st, Fran Imburgia owner, Robert Czupryniak 2nd
CASANZIO OVER CZUPRYNIAK AT DIAMOND BILLIARDS STOP #8
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L-R Bill Longmore 1st, Jerry Guitard owner, Dave Hall 2nd
BILL LONGMORE OVER DAVE HALL AT AMERICAN BILLIARDS STOP #7
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L-R Robert Czupryniak 2nd, Chloe Romanyk manager, Seth DelVillano 1st
DELVILLANO OVER CZUPRYNIAK AT BRICK HOUSE STOP #6
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L-R Jeremy Sossei 2nd, Christoph Neumayer 1st, Bobby Hilton owner
NEUMAYER OVER SOSSEI AT YALE BILLIARDS STOP #5
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L-R Bucky Souvanthong 1st, Andrea Duvall owner, Dave Dreidel 2nd
SOUVANTHONG OVER DREIDEL AT UTICA BILLIARDS STOP #4
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L-R Dan Hewitt, room owner Larry Meilak and Alex Bausch
ALEX BAUSCH POWERS THROUGH ONE LOSS SIDE FOR JOSS NE 9-BALL TOUR WIN

Alex Bausch bounced back from a third place finish at the last Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop and powered through a field of 53 players at Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, New York to earn his second career Joss Tour Title over the September 30th – October 1st weekend.

Bausch was looking pretty comfortable in early matches, with dominating wins over Brad Guthrie and Ron Casanzio, before dropping a hill-hill match to Canadian Vincent Beaurivage in the final round on Saturday.

Bausch was unstoppable on the left side of the board on Sunday, as he cruised through matches against Nick Coppola, Jordan Turner and Joe Darigis by a combined scores of 21-5. Next up for Bausch was a rematch with Beaurivage that went just as quickly as the other matches on Saturday, as Bausch earned his revenge with a 7-2 scoreline and then defeated Bucky Souvanthong 7-2 in the semi-final match.

The win over Souvanthong put Bausch in the finals against Canadian, Dan Hewitt. Bausch would have to win twice, and that was just what he did with a 9-6 win in the first set and a 7-4 win in the second.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Mike Salerno go undefeated with a 3-1 win over John Dennis for the hot-seat and a 3-0 win over Dennis in the first set of the finals.

- by AzB staff
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JONAS SOUTO CONTINUES US SUCCESS WITH WIN ON JOSS NE 9-BALL TOUR
L-R Lukas Fracasso-Verner, room owner Wanda Jackson
and Jonas Souto

Jonas Souto added another title to his growing resume over the September 16th – 17th weekend with an undefeated run through the field at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop at Run Em Racks Billiards Bar & Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island.

Souto tasted US success earlier this year, with his win over Jayson Shaw in the finals of the Super Billiards Expo NineBall Pro Players Championship. He was away from the states for a number of international events, but returned with a fifth place finish at the Turning Stone Classic XXXVII (where he eliminated Shaw on the one loss side).

Souto found out that not everyone in the States is as easy to beat as Shaw, as he took losses from Pat Fleming and Denis Grabe at the Raxx MVP Tour Open in New York early in the week and made the 3 1/2 hour drive to Rhode Island for another shot at glory.

Another player who didn’t fare as well as he hoped to at Raxx was American Lukas Fracasso-Verner. Fracasso-Verner also made the trek to Rhode Island and the two young guns ended up facing off for the hot-seat in Rhode Island. That match went to Souto, by the closest of margins at 9-8.

Fracasso-Verner eked out a hill-hill win over Alex Bausch to earn another shot at Souto in the finals, but he lost another hill-hill battle to Souto in the first set of the double elimination finals 9-8.

Sunday’s second chance event saw Jake Ricked turn in an undefeated run through the field with wins over Mike DeMarco for the hot-seat and then Kurt Matheson in the finals.

- by AzB staff
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L-R Beau Powers Room Owner Howard Fogg and Dave Hall
DAVE HALL DEFENDS MAINE EVENT TITLE

Dave Hall, known as “Eagle” in his home state of Maine, was inducted into the New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame this year. The announcement of his induction referred to the vast number of titles he has won in the Maine area. He added to that list of titles again over the September 9th – 10th weekend with an undefeated run through the Maine Event XV, the first stop on the 2023-2024 Joss NE 9-Ball Tour.

Hall cruised through Saturday with wins over Wyatt Dutton, Cody Francis and Jeff Mosimann. Wins over Cleiton Rocha and Beau Powers on Sunday put Hall in the hot-seat.

Rocha won two on the left side of the board (Dillon Nickerson and Tom Cayer), but came up short in the semi-final match against Powers.

Hall’s win at this tournament last year, his first career Joss Tour title, came from the one loss side. This year he did himself one better by beating Powers 9-4 in the first, and only, set of the finals.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Kyle Carpenter dominate the field on his way to the hot-seat. Carpenter defeated Mike Berube, Wyatt Dutton, Jeff Neubauer and Robert Lee by a combined score of 12-3. Mike Renshaw was the story on the one loss side as he bounced back from a loss in his first match of the day, to win five straight matches to earn his place in the finals against Carpenter. Carpenter did away with any idea of Renshaw continuing his winning streak, as he beat Renshaw 3-0 in the only set of the finals.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is back in action this weekend at Run Em Racks Billiards in Johnston, RI for another $1500 added main event and $500 added second chance tournament.

- by AzB staff
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