Kabel wins Boxing Day squash tourney

The annual Boxing Day men’s squash tournament attracted 15 competitors this year, with Jason Kabel being crowned the ‘A’ champion.
Kabel, originally from Fort Frances but who now lives in Winnipeg, swept Jeromy Wensley 3-0 in his opening best-of-five match, then battled to a 3-1 victory over Steve Krag.
Veteran squasher Bob Tkachuk then jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Kabel, but couldn’t nail down that third-and-deciding win.
Instead, Kabel stormed back with three-straight wins to take the match and earn a berth in the final against Toby Munro.
Munro had an easier path to the final as he only had to play two matches (his match against Paul Visser was cancelled), winning both by 3-1 margins over Aaron Grynol and Al Christiansen.
Munro then took the first game of the best-of-five final by a 9-7 count, but Kabel battled back to take the next three games by scores of 9-7, 9-3, and 9-0 to win the tournament.
Grynol, who was knocked down to the ‘B’ side after his opening loss to Munro, then blanked Chad Faragher (3-0) and Jason Sobkowicz (3-0) to reach the ‘B’ final against John Sivonen.
Sivonen opened with a loss to Tkachuk, but then coasted to 3-0 wins over Ryan York and Chris Faragher.
The ‘B’ final went the distance. After Sivonen had blanked Grynol 9-0 in the first game, Grynol answered by winning the next two by scores of 9-2 and 9-3.
The fourth game was a nail-biter eventually won by Sivonen 10-8—setting the stage for the fifth-and-deciding game, which Grynol won in dramatic fashion (10-9) to capture the ‘B’ crown.

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