Mike Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
Current 2018-19 Season

L-R Nicolas Charette, TJs manager Steve Claude and Jeremy Sossei
Sossei over Charette for Joss Tour Season Opener Win

Mike Zuglan’s Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kicked off their 2018-1019 season at TJ’s Classic Billiards on September 22nd - 23rd for “The Maine Event XXII”, and this event came down to a Joss Tour veteran against a player in their first ever regular season Joss Tour stop.

The veteran player was Jeremy Sossei, winner of over sixteen Joss Tour titles, who has been winning tour stops for over 10 years. Sossei has been away from the game for most of this year, with a win at the NE 9-Ball Open XXX back in February as his only appearance on the AzBilliards money list. Sossei has been spending his time on a new business that he opened, but hopes to be getting out to regularly compete again very soon.

The newcomer was Quebec’s Nicolas Charette, who got his Joss Tour feet wet at the Turning Stone Classic XXIX, but was in Waterville Maine for his first regular tour stop. Charette credited his appearance on this weekend to his love for the game. “I just enjoy playing tournaments, competing, traveling, experiencing different conditions. But really, I love the game” he said.

The players kept pace with each other all weekend until the hot-seat match. Sossei scored wins over Bill Cote, Steve Reynolds, Joe Darigis, Cody Francis and Kyle Pepin on his way to the match, while Charette had wins over Samoth Sam, Emily Cady, Jorge Teixeira, Chad Bizinet and Rich Kravitz.

The first meeting between Sossei and Charette went to the veteran 9-7 and he waited to see who he would play in the finals. Charette would face off against fellow countryman Tom Theriault in the semi-finals, but he would score a quick 7-3 win to earn another shot at Sossei in the finals.

Anyone expecting another close match between these two competitors was shocked to see the Canadian cueman score a decisive 9-2 win over Sossei in the first set of the finals. With the players now tied at one set each, a third set was played to determine a winner and Sossei pulled out a tight 7-5 win for Joss Tour Stop title #17.

Nine players came back on Sunday to compete in the second chance tournament where Dan Couture defeated Steve Reynolds two sets out of three for first place.

The Joss NE 9-Ball tour will be back in action on October 6th - 7th for the Hudson Valley Fall Classic at The Spot in Nanuet, New York.

- by AzB staff
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 1,000
2 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 750
4 USA PEPIN Kyle 450
5 USA KRAVETZ Rich 275
7 USA FRANCIS Cody 150
7 USA NICKERSON Dillon 150

Second Chance Results
1 Dan Couture 300
2 Steve Reynolds 200
3 Jim Hayden 120
4 Bill Cote 60
Wilkie Holds Off Sossei For Joss Tour Win
L-R Jeremy Sossei, Lenore Donovan Chen (room owner)
and Shaun Wilkie

Jeremy Sossei, Lenore Donovan Chen (room owner) and Shaun Wilkie
Jeremy Sossei, Lenore Donovan Chen (room owner) and Shaun Wilkie
The second stop of the 2018 Joss NE 9-Ball Tour drew a field of 38 players to The Spot in Nanuet, NY on October 6th - 7th for the “Hudson Valley Classic II”.

Shaun Wilkie and Bucky Souvanthong made their way through the winner’s side on this weekend to face off for the hot-seat. That match went to Wilkie 9-5.

Just prior to his match against Wilkie, Souvanthong had sent stop 1 winner Jeremy Sossei to the one loss side 9-7. Sossei bounced back with three wins on the left side of the board (Mike Yednak, Zion Zvi and Souvanthong), to earn his place in the finals against Wilkie.

Two weeks ago, Sossei was taken to two sets in the finals before getting the win. This weekend, he was one game shy of forcing a second set against Wilkie, but Wilkie ended up with the 9-8 win for first place.

The second chance tournament on Sunday drew eleven players with Victor Nau dropping a 3-2 decision to Dylan Spohr for the hot-seat, but coming back to defeat Spohr twice in the finals for first place.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is back at it again this weekend, with a $1500 added main event and $500 added second chance tournament at Sharpshooters in Amsterdam, NY.

- by AzB staff
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA WILKIE Shaun 1,000
2 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 750
4 ISR ZVI Zion 450
5 USA POLE Robert 300
5 USA YEDNAK Michael 300
7 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 150

Second Chance Results
1 USA NAU Victor 300
2 USA SPOHR Dylan 200
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