Bryan Jeziorski Takes Down Castle Billiards Tri-State Stop

Posted on by Alison Fischer

To kick off the month of February, The Tri-State Tour headed to Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ for their 9-ball tour stop. This $1,000-added event was worth double points for the tour rankings, and brought in a field of 73 of the area’s top amateurs. Although the event would normally be limited to 64 players, tour staff decided to allow the extra nine players who were waiting in line to put their entries in.

NYC Grind contributing photographer Brian Leong was on site to capture the event, check out his photos in the story, as well as at the bottom of the page.

With matches going on around the clock from the event’s start at noon that day, competition went late into the night. Leading the way through the upper half of the bracket, Bryan Jeziorski (B+) would eventually match up in the final four against Dave Shlemperis (B), where Jeziorski would win with a solid 7-3 score line.

Bryan Jeziorski would be the player to go through the winner's side undefeated (Photo by Brian Leong)

Meanwhile, the lower half of the bracket would feature Bernie Vogelsang (C) defeating George Poltorak (C+) at 6-5. These two matches would lead into the battle for the hot seat, where Bryan Jeziorski would win over Vogelsang at 8-3.

Bernie Vogelsang would go throug the C/D side of the bracket undefeated to meet with Bryan Jeziorski in the hot seat match (Photo by Brian Leong)

The one-loss side of the bracket also saw some impressive performances at Castle. Notably, Kim Meyer-Gabia, one of the tour’s most consistent top finishers, battled back to win seven straight matches after losing in the first round, to then finish tied for 7th place.

Kim Meyer-Gabia is currently the #2 ranked woman on the tour, and ranked #5 in the C+ Class (Photo by Brian Leong)

In similar fashion, one of the players to make it to the final rounds would be Ricardo Mejia, who lost his third match of the day, but fought back to win six more matches. Mejia eventually met up with Kyle Bubet in the quarterfinal. Bubet also had made it through a number of matches on the one-loss side including a 6-3 win over Kim Meyer-Gabia and 6-2 over George Poltorak, but Mejia would come out ahead in the quarterfinal, winning at 8-5.

Mejia was then set up for the semifinal against Bernie Vogelsang…however, at the time the match was to take place, it was 4:30am, and Vogelsang opted to forfeit. Vogelsang had stated that he had only hoped to win two or three matches that day, so was very happy with the outcome of his showing. Ricardo Mejia and undefeated Bryan Jeziorski were both also exhausted at the very late hour, and opted to call it quits and split the prize for first and second place. As Jeziorski was the undefeated player, he claimed 1st place trophy and points award, while Mejia took 2nd.

Bryan Jeziorski (1st), Ricardo Mejia (2nd), Bernie Vogelsang (3rd)

Congratulations to all of the top players for their great efforts. Castle Billiards’ staff also deserve recognition for providing great service and atmosphere throughout the day.

Payout:
1st: Bryan Jeziorski – $1,100
2nd: Ricardo Mejia – $560
3rd: Bernie Vogelsang – $320
4th: Kyle Bubet – $240
5th/6th: Dave Shlemperis, George Poltorak – $160
7th/8th: Gary O’Callaghan, Kim Meyer-Gabia – $120
9th-12th: Scott Simonetti, Jorge Vivianco, Paolo Valverde, Mike Strassberg – $100

Tri-State Tour staff would like to thank Sterling Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Poison Cues, Ron Tarr Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

The next Tri-State Tour stop will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. This event will be open to C/D Class players only. For more information, visit TheTristateTour.com.

Check out more photos from the Castle Billiards event by NYC Grind contributor Brian Leong below. Click the ‘Next’ button to move to the next series of photos.

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