Hekal takes silver at university championship
TORONTO - Mohanad Hekal, a second year business technology management co-op student at Ryerson, made a huge impact at the 2017 Canadian university and college squash championships which took place between March 3-5 at the Northfield Racket Club in Waterloo.
Last year, Hekal entered the tournament as the number six seed and beat the odds. He clinched a bronze medal losing only to the champion Cameron Seth of Waterloo in tight games.
This year, Hekal started the tournament as the No. 2 seed. In his first round, he played Vince Tonna of Brock University. Mohanad clinched an easy 3/0 win to advance to the semifinal and set off a showdown against McMaster’s number 1 and 2017 OUA player of the year Patrick Morkus. Hekal was focused enough to ensure that he is the number 1 ranked university player according to Squash Ontario by easing through the OUA player of the year in straight games, 11/4, 11/6, 11/8 to advance to the final. Hekal would then fall to the No. 1 seed from McGill University, David Baillargeon, in an hour long exciting final 3/1 (11/6, 2/11, 11/8, 11/6).
In the Jesters University league, Hekal was named the No. 1 squash player with 1953 points beating the Canadian Junior Champion of Western University Matt Henderson in straight games and the OUA player of year Patrick Morkus 3/1 last February. Mohanad holds an incredible streak of 13 wins since November 2016 in the Jesters University League!
Hekal’s professionalism holds him a spot on Team Ontario and of course as one of the top squash players in the country.
Hekal has the Canadian Nationals coming up in May and from there will focus on helping the squash team rise at Ryerson University.
TOP TEN RANKED MALE COLLEGIATE ATHLETES
1. Mohanad Hekal (Ryerson) 1953 points
2. Ravi Seth (Waterloo) 1909 points
3. Matthew Henderson (Western) 1905 points
4. Patrick Morkus (McMaster) 1831 points
5. Stefan Houbtchev (Western) 1828 points
6. Gavin Maxwell (Western) 1818 points
7. Husam Hamour (Western) 1813 points
8. David Mill (Western) 1813 points
9. JC Jeffrey (McMaster) 1761 points
10. Mo Hamour (Brock) 1759 points