Wiseman and Abraham Tops in Pittsburgh
PA State Championships / Pittsburgh, PA
Ronnie Wiseman and Eddie Abraham came through with flying colors at the Pennsylvania State Championships, capturing titles in the one-pocket and 9-ball divisions, respectively. The event was hosted by Breaker’s Billiards and Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA, March 15-18 and drew a total of 47 to vie for top honors.
In the $500-added one-pocket division, Wiseman came through the 15-player field to take the hot seat over Abraham. To reach the winners’ side finals, Wiseman had bested Tim Mastroianni, while Abraham had taken down Rob Krull.
On the one-loss side, Krull fought his way through to the next round by eliminating Sam Campbell 2-1. Tying with Campbell in fifth place was Sean Graham, who was ousted by Mastroianni 2-0. But Krull was stopped in his tracks by Graham in the quarterfinals and went home with a fourth-place finish 2-1.
Waiting in the semifinals for Graham was Abraham, who couldn’t string anything together and ended up in third place after Graham won their match 2-0. In the race-to-3 final match, Wiseman had the upper hand and carried through to whitewash Graham 3-0 and claim the title.
The $3,000-added 9-ball event attracted a field of 32, but the lead players were many of the same as in the one-pocket. It was Abraham and Wiseman again in the hot seat match after respective wins over Gary Abood and Shayne Morrow, but this time Abraham rested on his laurels after defeating Wiseman and awaited a finals opponent.
Abood survived another round on the west side of the chart, ousting Ron Beard at fifth place. Morrow tied with Beard after Richie Richeson eliminated him. Richeson then went on to face down Abood in the quarterfinal match to meet Wiseman in the next round.
Wiseman, though, was eager for a rematch with Abraham and quickly dispatched Richeson 7-4, who went home with third place. In the final match, Abraham remained dominant and earned the state title 7-5 over Wiseman.
The events were live streamed by Inside POOL TV and are available at the Inside POOL TV Youtube channel.
1st Ronnie Wiseman $800
2nd Sean Graham $600
3rd Eddie Abraham $400
4th Rob Krull $200
1st Eddie Abraham $2,040
2nd Ronnie Wiseman $1,530
3rd Richie Richeson $1, 202
4th Gary Abood $510
5th Ron Beard $350
7th Mike Wong $200