The 'Undefeated" fall at American 14.1 Straight Pool Championships
Skip Maloney
Oct. 25, 2019
Albin Ouschan (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)
Albin Ouschan (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)
They were gone by 6 p.m.
 
The single elimination phase of the 14:1 Straight Pool Championships began on Friday morning with three undefeated players and then, after two rounds of single elimination, there were none.
 
Austria’s Max Lechner (one of them) waited until 2 o’clock to face Lee Van Corteza, who’d eliminated Petri Makkonen 150-96. Lechner advanced to the quarterfinals 150-16 over Van Corteza, as Ruslan Chinakhov was eliminating John Schmidt 150-141 to join him. Lechner opened the proceedings by dropping 13 balls. Chinakov ended them by dropping 150.
 
“I’ve been watching pool all my life,” said travelling pool fan, Dave Gelaszuz, from Columbus, OH, “and I’ve never seen anything like it. . . two of the four (matches moving into the quarterfinals) were won by runouts.”
 
In the second one, Thorsten Hohmann had an eight-ball run. Ouschan ran 150 on him.
 
Those two, Ouschan and Chinakhov, are scheduled to meet in the quarterfinals tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11 a.m. and will be live streamed by Billiard Sports Network via Youtube and/or Facebook, as will the second semifinal at 2 p.m. and the finals, scheduled for 6 p.m.
 
Jani Siekkinen from Finland faced Darren Appleton at 2 o’clock and after eliminating him, 150-93, picked up The Lion (Alex Pagulayan), who’d defeated Reymart Lim 150-12. Pagulayan downed him 150-14 and will play Marco Teutscher tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 o’clock. Teutscher had come within a ball of tying the round’s largest winning point differential of ‘8,’ downing David Alcaide 150-9. Alcaide had previously eliminated the third undefeated competitor, Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz.
 
The finals of the 2019 14:1 Straight Pool Championships are scheduled for 6 p.m.