By
Brady Hoffmann
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Trentadue’s Story and the Open Singles Winners

Jeff Trentadue stared down plenty of tough shots during his impressive two-day run of success at the 33rd annual WAMO Wisconsin State Pool Championship in La Crosse. Little did his opponents know, he had a psychological weapon at his disposal.
“I just imagined I was down in my basement, in my pajamas,” he said with a smile. “I practiced a lot, and I just told myself, ‘I’ve made that shot 1,000 times.’ That really relaxed me.”

Trentadue, from Racine, won the tournament’s largest singles division, capturing the Open Singles title on Friday. He capped a two-day undefeated streak in impressive fashion, going 10-0 and winning a bracket that started with 424 players.
“We started at 8 a.m. (Thursday), went until 11 p.m. and were back at it (Friday) at 8 a.m. I hit the wall, but just had to grind through it. I had a good mindset, a good stroke and a little bit of luck.”

Making the victory sweeter was that his regular teammates – Fernando Valle and Paul SanSouci – finished second and third for an impressive sweep. The trio plays together on Tuesday nights in Racine at Teezer’s Bar. They are currently in first place in that league.
Of Valle, Trentadue joked, “I hated him while we were playing, but I’m happy for him now.” And, SanSouci actually led Trentadue 2-0 in their match before the eventual champ rallied.