With the score tied, 4-4, in the men's squash team's match against Harvard Saturday, there were two men left playing — senior No. 1 Peter Yik and the Crimson's No. 1 Tim Wyant. In the valiant performance of valiant performances, Yik overcame an injured ankle, leg cramps, Wyant and the Crimson to win 9-15, 15-5, 15-8, 17-14.
For the first time in 17 years, Harvard will not be the Ivy League champion. The outright title will go instead to the Tigers, who have failed to reach that goal since 1982.
For Yik, this was the one honor missing from a resume that includes three All-Ivy selections, three National Interscholastic All-American honors and his selection as last year's Ivy player of the year.
Much of the day was filled with highlights from Princeton's youth, as Tiger freshmen won three matches. Nevertheless, the contest would come down to two experienced veterans in Yik and Wyant.
Yik appeared to be struggling as he dropped the first game, but returned to form to win the next two. Wyant would not cave easily, however, and threatened to force a fifth game with a 14-13 lead in the fourth. Four straight points by Yik ended that threat, giving him the game, 17-14.
Wyant is now twice-stricken by Yik. Last year, the Tiger defeated Wyant to become NISRA individual champion. This year, he beat him to hand Princeton the Ivy League team title.