IRON RIVER—West Iron’s boys tennis team came up two points short of first place at the Division 2 U.P. Finals, held at Westwood High School May 28.
The host Patriots won a close four-way battle for the title with 13 points. The Wykons were second at 11, and Gwinn and Munising tied for third at 10. Iron Mountain was also in the running, finishing fifth with eight.
The Wykons had a pair of U.P. champions, Andrew Peterson at second singles and Adam Newby at third singles. Peterson defeated Gwinn’s Micah Heath 7-5, 6-3 in the championship match, and Newby stopped IM’s Jordan Wadge 6-1, 6-0 in his title match.
Wykons reached the finals in two other flights: Erick Upperstrom at fourth singles and Tristan Nelson and Ryan Peterson at fourth doubles. Both lost their championship matches in straight sets.
The Wykons had won six Division 2 U.P. titles over the last 10 years, but hopes of another championship vanished when both of their top two doubles teams, which had been seeded first, lost their first matches and couldn’t add any team points.
• In matches leading up to the U.P. Finals, the Wykons battled rain and chilly weather, in addition to the other team. (Of course, that was true for both teams.)
The mercury was about 50 on May 13 when the Wykons faced Negaunee at Nelson Field, and the Miners earned a 6-2 win. Ryan Rogers lost his first set at first singles but came back to win in three, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0, over Parker Bowman. The Wykons’ other win was by Adam Newby at third singles—he won over Eric Hurst in straight sets--both were decided by tiebreakers, 7-6 (5), 7-5 (4).
At second singles, Andrew Peterson battled into a third set but lost to Ryan Syrjala. Negaunee dominated all four doubles matches.
The Wykons tied Marquette 4-4 on May 14, Winning were Adam Newby (3S, 6-1, 6-0), Erick Upperstrom (4S, 6-4, 6-4); Tylor Capadagli-Joe Pisoni (1D, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4) and Tristan Nelson-Ryan Peterson (4D, 6-1, 6-2).
Rain brought an abrupt end to a May 19 match vs. Westwood at Nelson Field, but West Iron still won 5-1. The wins came from Rogers (1S, 6-0, 6-0), Peterson (2S, 6-1, 6-0), Newby (3S, 6-1, 6-0); Capadagli-Pisoni (1D, 6-1, 6-3) and Aren Newby-Ben Wiegand (2D, 6-4, 6-1).
Both Upperstrom (4S) and Nelson-Peterson (4D) had won their first sets when the rains came. Those matches were never completed.
Kingsford swept the Wykons 8-0 on May 20. Just one match went to a third set: Adam Newby, who won his first set in third singles. Other than that, the powerful Flivvers dominated the match.