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High school tennis: Wadsworth wins first league title since 1976


GRANGER TWP. — Will Hutchinson and Jaret Yost will never forget their final Suburban League match.

Nor will anyone else on Wadsworth’s boys tennis team.

The seniors won the SL National Division Tournament title at second doubles Monday, which was the decisive point as the Grizzlies earned their first league championship since 1976.

Wadsworth (34 points) edged Twinsburg (33) and Hudson (33) for the tourney crown to claim sole possession of the inaugural SL National championship.

Hutchinson and Yost defeated the Tigers’ Nick Carcione and Darryl Nana 7-6 (5), 7-2 in the biggest match of their careers. Had the result been flipped, Twinsburg would have won the tournament, with the Grizzlies and Explorers tying for second.

The clutch triumph capped a terrific performance by Wadsworth at the two-day event.

The Grizzlies combined to win 11 of their 15 individual matches with at least two victories in every bracket.

Senior Zach Porter was the runner-up at first singles, losing 6-2, 6-0 to Brecksville’s Arron Yeh in the showdown that determined the SL National MVP.

At second singles, senior Riley Yost pushed Twinsburg’s Marco Nesic to the end before dropping a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision.

Wadsworth’s Nathan Lockwood and Luke Lambright — also 12th-graders — finished third at first doubles, while the lone underclassman in the Grizzlies’ lineup, T.J. Lockwood was third at third singles.

Lockwood and Lambright were 6-4, 6-2 victors over North Royalton’s Zade Shetawi and Greg Tolbert. The younger Lockwood topped Brecksville’s Garrett Croes 7-6 (4), 6-4 to conclude his first postseason appearance.

Contact Brian Dulik at 329-7135 or Follow him on Twitter @BrianDulik


GRANGER TWP. — Results Monday from the Suburban League National Division Tournament at Highland:

Team standings: 1. Wadsworth 34, 2. Hudson 33, 2. Twinsburg 33, 4. Brecksville 24, 5. Stow 21, 6. North Royalton 19, 7. Cuyahoga Falls 9, 8. Nordonia 7.

Regular-season standings: 1. Wadsworth 7-0, 2. Hudson 6-1, 3. Twinsburg 5-2, 4. Brecksville 4-3, 5. Stow 3-4, 6. North Royalton 2-5, 7. Nordonia 1-6, 8. Cuyahoga Falls 0-7.

Overall standings: 1. Wadsworth 16, 2. Hudson 13.5, 3. Twinsburg 12.5, 4. Brecksville 10, 5. Stow 8, 6. North Royalton 6, 7. Cuyahoga Falls 3, 7. Nordonia 3.

Championship matches

First singles: Arron Yeh (B) def. Zach Porter (W) 6-2, 6-0. Second singles: Marco Nesic (Twinsburg) def. Riley Yost (W) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Third singles: Haarsha Convigaram (H) def. Preston Bell (T) 6-3, 7-6(3). First doubles: David Tullett-Sam Yurak (H) def. Jesse Sandhu-Chris Nmai (T) 6-3, 6-1. Second doubles: Will Hutchinson-Jaret Yost (W) def. Nick Carcione-Darryl Nana (T) 7-6(5), 6-2.

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