Casanzio Captures Joss Billiards Title
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Syracuse, NY
Ron Casanzio took down another Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour stop this year, escaping an onslaught from Jason Michas in the double-elimination finals to win first place. The $1,500-added event drew 29 players to Salt City Billiards in Syracuse, NY.
Casanzio and Michas first faced each other in the winners’ side finals after winning respective matches over Matt Tetreault 9-7 and Bruce Carroll 9-6. It was another close contest, but Casanzio carried off the hot seat match win 9-7.
On the one-loss side of the chart, Santo Merlo eliminated Mike Zuglan in seventh place after a hill-hill battle, as Dave Bounds sent Aaron Greenwood home in the same slot 9-4. Merlo went on to oust Tetreault in fifth place 9-6. Tying with Tetreault was Bounds, who was sent home by Carroll 9-6.
Carroll advanced to the semifinals after routing Merlo in the quarterfinals 9-2. Michas was looking for revenge against Casanzio and shut Carroll down after a hill-hill match 9-8. In the double-elimination finals, Michas claimed the first set 9-7, but Casanzio was able to turn things around and take the second and deciding set 9-7.
Dominick Martoccia took first place in the $500-added second chance event, which had 13 players. Martoccia won $280 for first, while Doug Wells took $180 for second. Pierre Sauve earned $120 for third, and Dave Dimeo took home $80 for fourth. For fifth, Paul Rozonewski and Nick Coppola each won $50.
The $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic XXI is filling up fast! Avoid being shut out of this event by contacting Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 immediately.
1st Ron Casanzio $1,000
2nd Jason Michas $650
3rd Bruce Carroll $450
4th Santo Merlo $350
5th Matt Tetreault $200
7th Aaron Greenwood $100