Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wilson, O’Young win US tournaments



Mark Fraser

Aaron Wilson captured two titles at a tournament at the Westchester Table Tennis Center in New York, USA late last month.

The 15-year-old Carenage Blasters player emerged victorious in two rating class events—2050 and under and 2200 and under.

In the 2200 final, Wilson got the better of Guyana’s top female player, Trenace Lowe 11-6, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9. And in the 2050 final, the teenager beat Canadian Alicia Cote by default.

Another Blasters player, Luc O’Young finished second in the 14 & under singles. O’Young won four times and lost just once in the six-player round robin event. His only defeat came at the hands of the eventual champion, American Matthew Needle, who finished with a perfect 5-0 win-loss record.

O’Young’s younger brother, Nicholas O’Young was fifth in the 14 & under division with a 1-4 record.

And in the 40 & over category, Trinidad and Tobago para champion Dennis La Rose finished third.

On the first weekend in March, the Blasters players were in Maryland, competing in the Maryland Table Tennis Center (MDTTC) March Open.

Luc O’Young triumphed in the under-1650 rating event, forcing American Richard Heo to settle for the runner-up spot.

Nicholas O’Young, meanwhile, reached the semi-final round in the under-13 singles.

Wilson’s Maryland campaign was not as successful as his New York stint. He was unable to reach the final stages in both the open singles and the under-2400 rating event.

Wilson used the two tournaments as preparation for the March 29-30 Youth Olympic Games Latin American Qualification tournament and the April 1-6 Latin American Championships, both in Dominican Republic.