Wellesley runs the table
Raiders go 26-0; Weston holds on
Undefeated Wellesley (26-0) rolled to the Division 1 boys’ tennis state championship yesterday at Shrewsbury High, defeating St. John’s of Shrewsbury, 5-0, for its second title in five years, though the previous came in Division 2.
“Going into the season knowing we were the best team and proving that point now feels very good,’’ said Chris Cua, who clinched the championship at No. 2 singles, beating Dylan Fletcher, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
“I knew what I could expect from him and he delivered again and again,’’ said Wellesley coach Mike Sabin of Cua.
The Raiders’ Ilya Levin scored a decisive 6-1, 6-1 win in first singles over Chris Ellis, who is a semifinalist in the state individual tournament.
“The last state title was for all the players in the past that almost won, but I think this state title is all about how hard the players worked to get here,’’ said Sabin.
The first doubles team of Gordon Peters and Alex Robertson pulled out a 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 victory over the Pioneers’ John Bannon and Lucas Tata. Peters and Robertson will compete in the state doubles semifinals tomorrow.
The duo was not prepared for such a close match, unfamiliar with a team they had not seen before. “We tried hard and pulled through after falling behind in the first set,’’ said Peters.
“Peters and Robertson are the two that I am never worried about,’’ said Sabin.
In second doubles, David Mykrantz and Jeff Baldwin defeated Jack O’Day and Cam Lewis, 3-6, 2-6. And just as the sun was setting, Neil Bhatt finished the sweep with a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win over Parth Amin.
Division 3 — Weston endured a late rally by Bromfield to win the championship, 4-1, at Clark University in Worcester.
The second singles and second doubles matches went to a third set with the title on the line, dramatically finishing within minutes of each other.
“These guys were just as good as anyone we’ve played in the whole tournament, if not better,’’ Weston coach George Conlin told the Worcester Telegram.
Weston (20-2) won the first two matches. Will Spector took first singles in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) over Tyler Phelan. Matt Gorelik then won the third singles match against Luke Broganer (6-3, 6-2).
Bromfield picked up its lone win of the day in first doubles, as James Bowling and Ryan Holmes beat Duncan Van Nest and Tyler Pesek, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
In second doubles, Bromfield’s Carlson Beale and Matt Colony rallied to force a third set by winning a tiebreak, 7-4, but Max Legocki and Nick Peacher maintained their composure and pulled out the title-clinching match, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3.
Jason Mazzella capped the afternoon with a win over Bromfield’s Drew Banker, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Globe correspondent Paul Sulzer contributed to this report.