IRON RIVER—Iron Mountain’s boys tennis team outlasted West Iron 5-3 May 1 in the Wykons’ only match last week.
WIC’s scheduled home opener against Norway on May 3 was called off due to rain.
The Wykons’ No. 1 singles starter, Austin Waara, won a 6-4, 6-3 battle with Ty Thomann, but that was West Iron’s only singles win. No. 2 Caleb Pellizzer and No. 4 Alex Ralston lost in three sets to Josh Beauchamp and Max Frorenza, respectively, and IM’s Gerry Pirkola stopped Adam Newby in straight sets.
West Iron won two doubles matches. At No. 1, Ryan Rogers and Andrew Peterson won in straight sets over Henry Hakamaki and Taylor Huotari. At No. 2, Sean Gustafson and Tylor Capadagli defeated Phil Koerschner and Sawyer Kujala.
It all came down to the third doubles match, which went on and on—reportedly for 2 1/2 hours. Three hard-fought sets finally went to IM, as Albert Tomassoni and Nick Cecconi edged WIC’s Joey Pisoni and Alec Schmelebeck. The scores: 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.
At fourth doubles, Max Maloney and Kyle Maki lost to Danny Willman and Mark Beauchamp.
“Hopefully, we will learn from this,” said Wykons Coach Joe Serbentas, “We have to cut down on unforced errors if we want to be successful.”
• Weather permitting, the action should pick up this week. The Wykons were scheduled for dual meets at Menominee May 7 and at Kingsford May 9 before the Kingsford Invitational on May 12.
Next week starts with a date in Ishpeming May 14 and then a pair of home dates: against Negaunee May 15 and vs. Marquette on May 16.