West Iron’s tennis team wins back U.P. D2 crown

IRON RIVER—There was no stopping West Iron County’s boys tennis team all season. The Wykons smashed through their dual match season with an undefeated (10-0-1) record and capped its season May 30 by winning the Division 2 U.P. State Finals at Westwood High School.
    It is the Wykons’ first U.P. title since 2013. Coach Joseph Serbentas’ squad took care of business by winning championships in five of the eight flights.
    It made all the difference in a close race for the title. The Wykons finished with 20 team points to Westwood’s 18. Munising was a distant third with seven points. Six teams took part in the D2 finals.
    The Wykons had earlier earned the Great Northern Conference championship. Of the 11 dual matches the Wykons were able to play this spring, they won 10 of them. The exception was a 4-4 tie with Division 1 Negaunee at Nelson Field on May 15. On the same day West Iron were winning the Division 2 U.P. title, the Miners won the Division 1 title at Kingsford.
    Westwood had won the last four D2 U.P. titles and did not surrender its crown easily or willingly. The Patriots battled hard, finishing either first or second place in all eight flights.
    But Westwood only won two of them. West Iron won five. Earning U.P. championships were:
    --First singles: Holden Ross, a freshman, who defeated Westwood’s Adam Hytinen 6-0, 6-2 in the finals. He had a first round bye and defeated Ishpeming 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.
    --Second singles: Senior Neil Tomasoski stopped Westwood’s Anthony Couveau 6-0, 6-3 in the finals. He had a bye and lost just one game to Gwinn in the semifinals.
    --First doubles: After losing the first set, Brandon Henschel and Kevin Ballinger battled back to defeat Westwood in the finals, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4. Earlier, they got a bye and won over Iron Mountain 6-2, 6-2.
    --Second doubles: Tyler McCarthy and James Swanson also beat Westwood in a very close title match, 7-5, 6-4, after a bye and 6-0, 6-0 blitz of Ishpeming.
    --Third doubles: Steven Nelson and Caden Pellizzer needed three sets but got the championship over Westwood 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Earlier, they had a bye and 6-0, 6-0 win over Iron Mountain.

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