Big Upsets at Turning Stone
Turning Stone Classic XIX / Verona, NY
With the Turning Stone Classic XIX in full swing at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, play continues on the winners’ side and has left more than one top-ranked pro shaking his head. The $25,000-added event, held twice a year by Mike Zuglan of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, drew a full 128-player field.
Florida’s Hunter Lombardo started the trend, breezing through Jerry Crowe and Mike Yednak in the first two rounds to meet up with 2008 and 2009 U.S. Open champion Mika Immonen. The Finn, just off a close match with Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, just couldn’t keep up with Lombardo, who recorded a 9-6 victory to advance to face Raj Hundal, who took second at this event last December.
Immonen will have to fight Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer if he wants to pursue the title. Archer suffered a first-round, double-hill loss to Blaine Barcus and has been on fire ever since, only allowing his four victims a combined score of 8.
Shane Van Boening is another highly rated pro who was destined for disappointment in his third-round match. Though “The South Dakota Kid” had no troubles in his first two matches against Tim Parisian and Josh Ulrich, he foundered against Ron Casanzio, a regular on the Tri-State Tour, and was sent to the one-loss side 9-5.
Warren Kiamco, who recently took third place in the Master of the Table division of Diamond Billiards’ Southern Classic, was upended by Mike Davis 9-5 after surviving a close 9-6 match against Hall of Fame inductee Karen Corr. Davis goes on to match up with Corey Deuel, who just bested Gareth Steele 9-2, while Kiamco has to face Hatch.
Mike “Fireball” Dechaine is still going strong and followed up his second-round defeat of Dennis Hatch with a 9-4 win over Jason Hubert. He seems on a collision course with Rodney Morris, who will play Dechaine if they both win their next match.
After sending Ernesto Dominguez to the west side of the chart 9-6, Shawn Putnam must now get past Oscar Dominguez in the next round. Ernesto was eliminated in the following round by Canada’s John Morra in a hill-hill bout.
Corr is still alive on the left side, scoring over Chris Simon 9-7 and then Martin Lalonde 9-4. Her next match will be against the ebullient Cleiton Rocha. Jennifer Barretta also remains in the fight and will play Nelson Oliviera next.
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