8 Men Left Standing at Turning Stone Classic

JAM

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Eight men left standing at Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Turning Stone Classic in Verona, NY.

On the winner's side:
• Kevin West (USA) v. Jeremy Sossei (USA)
• Sky Woodward (USA) v. Jayson Shaw (Scotland)

B side of the charts:
• Vitaliy Pastura (Ukraine) v. Fedor Gorst (Russia)
• Mika Immonen (Finland) v. Naoyuki Oi (Japan)

I've known Kevin West since he was a pup. He's from Delaware, and though he works a full-time job, he manages to keep his passion for pool sharp by competing in local, regional, and national pool competitions. I'd love to see Kevin win this one. He's not only a strong player, but he's a super nice guy.
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43-year-old Jeremy Sossei is on his home turf at Turning Stone, and he's comfortable competing in this setting. He is a very active Joss Tour competitor. He's reached the final eight here at Turning Stone in the past. Will this be his time to shine? Jeremy is in it to win it and would love to add this title to his already lengthy pool portfolio. They call him the "Giant Killer."
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One of the leading names in cue sports today, Sky Woodward has represented the United States at every Mosconi Cup since 2015 and was voted the most valuable player (MVP) in 2018 and 2019. His accomplishments extend far beyond the Mosconi Cup ,though, having won the 2019 Derby City Classic Master of the Table, 2019 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division, 2019 US Open 8-ball Championships, and the 2017 World Pool Series RYO Rack Classic. Everybody loves Skyler. On and off the table, he's a gentleman competitor.
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Defending champion, Jayson Shaw always shoots well at Turning Stone. He is most definitely the man to beat. He will exhibit his beast mode to all opponents. Fans love Jayson and will be pulling for him to win.
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This 25-year-old from Ukraine caught my attention, and before this tournament began, I chose him as the one to watch. Looks like I know how to pick 'em because he's in the Final 8.
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If you're a pool aficionado, you'd have to be living under a rock if you don't know the name Fedor Gorst. Due to geopolitical reasons because of where he was born, the blue-blooded pool organizations decided to ban him from competition when the war in Ukraine started. Well, Fedor came to USA and made lemonade out of lemons, pocketing over 150 large. This 22-year-old may be the best pool player in the world right now. Win or lose, Fedor is now a super star and is still winning. I admire this kid a lot.
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To see Hall of Famer Mika Immonen in the Final 8 warms my heart. At 50, he's the oldest in the last eight standing, and he's also one of the most handsome players in the world. Nobody likes to pull his name in a tournament because they know how strong his game is. Mika has been hitting the pool tournament trail in recent months, and I can see him in the winner's circle, no problem. The Iceman cometh and will take no prisoners.
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Naoyuki Oi from Japan wins the hearts of all who meet him. His comedic actions during post-game interviews bring joy to pool fans. When he's in combat mode, though, this champion from Japan is all business. Nice to see Oi in the Final 8.
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Who do you like to win? I can't pick a favorite at this juncture. I'm kind of favoring the Ukrainian, but my heart is choosing USA, USA, USA all the way with Kevin, Jeremy, or Sky. :love::cool:;)
 

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SBC

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Very nice writeup.

Gotta have winner of Woodward and Shaw as the favorite.

Could see Fedor win from the losers. He's so incredibly consistent.

With the one long set final, its always a great show. I expect Shaw will be there, wheter its from the winners or losers side.

As expected, the Matchroom effect has occurred with several new international players attending. Also the war pushing a few this way which is interesting in itself.
 
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kling&allen

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Eight men left standing at Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Turning Stone Classic in Verona, NY.

On the winner's side:
• Kevin West (USA) v. Jeremy Sossei (USA)
• Sky Woodward (USA) v. Jayson Shaw (Scotland)

B side of the charts:
• Vitaliy Pastura (Ukraine) v. Fedor Gorst (Russia)
• Mika Immonen (Finland) v. Naoyuki Oi (Japan)

I've known Kevin West since he was a pup. He's from Delaware, and though he works a full-time job, he manages to keep his passion for pool sharp by competing in local, regional, and national pool competitions. I'd love to see Kevin win this one. He's not only a strong player, but he's a super nice guy.
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43-year-old Jeremy Sossei is on his home turf at Turning Stone, and he's comfortable competing in this setting. He is a very active Joss Tour competitor. He's reached the final eight here at Turning Stone in the past. Will this be his time to shine? Jeremy is in it to win it and would love to add this title to his already lengthy pool portfolio. They call him the "Giant Killer."
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One of the leading names in cue sports today, Sky Woodward has represented the United States at every Mosconi Cup since 2015 and was voted the most valuable player (MVP) in 2018 and 2019. His accomplishments extend far beyond the Mosconi Cup ,though, having won the 2019 Derby City Classic Master of the Table, 2019 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division, 2019 US Open 8-ball Championships, and the 2017 World Pool Series RYO Rack Classic. Everybody loves Skyler. On and off the table, he's a gentleman competitor.
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Defending champion, Jayson Shaw always shoots well at Turning Stone. He is most definitely the man to beat. He will exhibit his beast mode to all opponents. Fans love Jayson and will be pulling for him to win.
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This 25-year-old from Ukraine caught my attention, and before this tournament began, I chose him as the one to watch. Looks like I know how to pick 'em because he's in the Final 8.
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If you're a pool aficionado, you'd have to be living under a rock if you don't know the name Fedor Gorst. Due to geopolitical reasons because of where he was born, the blue-blooded pool organizations decided to ban him from competition when the war in Ukraine started. Well, Fedor came to USA and made lemonade out of lemons, pocketing over 150 large. This 22-year-old may be the best pool player in the world right now. Win or lose, Fedor is now a super star and is still winning. I admire this kid a lot.
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To see Hall of Famer Mika Immonen in the Final 8 warms my heart. At 50, he's the oldest in the last eight standing, and he's also one of the most handsome players in the world. Nobody likes to pull his name in a tournament because they know how strong his game is. Mika has been hitting the pool tournament trail in recent months, and I can see him in the winner's circle, no problem. The Iceman cometh and will take no prisoners.View attachment 679984

Naoyuki Oi from Japan wins the hearts of all who meet him. His comedic actions during post-game interviews bring joy to pool fans. When he's in combat mode, though, this champion from Japan is all business. Nice to see Oi in the Final 8.
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Who do you like to win? I can't pick a favorite at this juncture. I'm kind of favoring the Ukrainian, but my heart is choosing USA, USA, USA all the way with Kevin, Jeremy, or Sky. :love::cool:;)

Thank you for the great summary!

I assume Shaw won his match against Fedor last night? Do you know when play starts today?
 
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BasementDweller

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Win or lose, you have be impressed with Mika's form the past year or so. Three US players in the semi's is impressive too.
 
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Rickhem

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Sky playing well but Jeremy Sossei is on fire. Their match should be a good one and may end up being repeated as the final. With Shaw and Gorst also fighting back through the B side, this is looking like a great day to watch some pool.
I’m thinking that this being a points event for matchroom is what attracted such a strong field, but whatever the reason, some good stuff happening at Turning Stone.
 
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