Men's Squash Continues Youth Movement, Welcomes Strong Class Of 2020
The youth movement for Princeton squash will continue next season, as Sean Wilkinson, the Robert W. Callahan '77 Head Coach of Men's Squash, couldn’t be more excited.
One year after bringing in a class that included four varsity starters — including a trio that held the top three spots when healthy — Wilkinson will welcome a trio into the Class of 2020 that he believes could have a similar immediate impact.
“I’m thrilled with the group coming in this fall,” Wilkinson said of Gabriel Morgan, Adhitya Raghavan and Shehab Thabet. “We are looking for student-athletes that make a difference, and these three guys are going to push us to be better. They are future leaders, tremendous students, and fabulous athletes. We can’t wait to start working with them. It’s tremendous when you look around and you see how young we are, and then add these three guys to it. There is a lot to be positive about.”
You can read more about this incoming trio below.
Menlo Park, Calif. • Menlo School
Before Princeton — member of the U.S. Squash National Junior Men’s Team … won the 2012 U.S. national championship, becoming the first player from California to do so … played for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championships in the Netherlands, and will compete this summer in Poland for Team USA; placed in the Top 30 in the Netherlands individually, and defeated the ninth-ranked World Junior player 16-14 in the fifth game … has been consistently ranked in the Top 5 in his age class, including #1 in U15; currently #5 in the U19 division … competed in the 2014 British Junior Open … represented Team USA three times in the “Battle of the Border” and never lost … won several US Junior Championship Tour events … started for the Menlo boy’s tennis team, one of the top-two ranked programs in the nation … three-time U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete honoree and U.S. Squash All-American … two-time recipient of the Junior Olympian of the Year award at The Olympic Club.
Personal — born Oct. 28, 1997 … son of Wendy and M. Reynolds … has an older brother Arthur … enjoys tennis, golf and surfing … considering studying Economics at Princeton.
Wilkinson on Morgan: We have had our eye on Gabriel for a couple of years now, and are absolutely thrilled that he’s going to be wearing Orange and Black in the fall. He has tremendous ability and will really thrive and improve in our environment. He’s the real deal, someone that changes things with his passion and desire.
Chennai, India • Sri Sankara
Before Princeton — won the U15 and U17 National Junior Championship and ranked atop his age group nationally … reached the semifinal at the U15 British Junior Open and the quarterfinal of the U17 British Junior Open … competed in the 2015 World Junior Championships in the Netherlands, as well as three times in the Asian Junior Open … won the U15 French Junior Open … two-time quarterfinalist in the U17 Asian Junior Open … also competed in soccer and volleyball for his school.
Personal — born Feb. 1, 1999 … son of Raghavan Alagarsamy and AkalyaJothi Raju … has a younger brother Shreemann Raghavan, who has won titles in both the Salem Junior Open and the Andhra Pradesh Junior Open … enjoys reading, music and playing soccer/cricket … considering studying Mechanical and Aerospace Enginnering.
Wilkinson on Raghavan: Adhitya is a brilliant kid. He’s exactly what we want in our locker room. He’s super talented on court, works hard, and will really add to the Princeton community. He brings a ton of international experience, a different perspective, and he’s such a tremendous squash player. We can’t wait to get him here training with the team.
Cairo, Egypt • Egypt British International School
Before Princeton — has been ranked in the Top 10 in Egypt at both the U15 and U17 levels … placed fourth at the top U17 national tournament; reached quarterfinals at top U19 national tournament … reached Round of 16 at the U17 US Open twice … represented Egypt at the Egypt-Saudi Arabia U19 meet … played for the Heliopolis Club since 2010; team won two Egyptian League titles … earned top mark in Egypt in GCSE Mathematics in 2015.
Personal — born Feb. 23, 1999 … son of Tarek Thabet and May Salama … has a younger brother Karim, who reached the No. 4 ranking at the U15 level … enjoys playing soccer … considering studying Engineering or Economics at Princeton.
Wilkinson on Thabet: Shehab already bleeds Princeton Orange. We want that in our group, and he brings it in spades. He has a ton of international experience and fabulous energy. This is a guy that I know will go the extra mile. He’ll buy into our plan here, and will bring something very different to the group.