2012 OHSAA Boys State Tennis
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2012 OHSAA boys state tennis tournament crowned
four new champions on a bright, sunny afternoon at the OSU Outdoor
Varsity Tennis Courts, Saturday, May 26.
Colton Buffington, a senior from Westlake, defeated Liberty Township
Lakota East’s Zach Mueck, 6-2, 6-3, to claim the Division I singles
state championship. It was the first state tennis title for Westlake.
Mueck, a senior, finishes as the Division I singles runner-up for the
third consecutive year. In the consolation bracket, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh
Jesuit’s Aaron Sandberg (So.) defeated Perrysburg’s Jeffrey Schorsch
(Jr.), 6-2, 6-1.
In the Division I doubles bracket, 2011 runner-up Mason’s Miguel Cepeda
(Jr.) and Luke Tsai (So.) made it back to the championship match for the
second consecutive year and defeated Cincinnati Sycamore’s Yuri Karev
(Jr.) and Nakul Narendran (Fr.), 6-1, 6-1, to claim their school’s first
state tennis title. The consolation match featured the other Cincinnati
Sycamore team of Dylan Stern (Jr.) and Nikhil Grandhi (Jr.) defeating
Bellbrook’s Jackson Heinz (Sr.) and Wyatt Heinz (So.), 6-4, 6-2.
Sycamore was the only school in the tournament to qualify two doubles
teams. Bellbrook, which won a doubles state tennis title in 1977,
finished fourth following a 2011 fourth place finish in Division II. Of
note, all four teams that played in the Division I semifinals came from
the Southwest district.
In the Division II singles bracket, Pepper Pike Orange’s Maksim Kan
(Jr.) rolled through his tournament trail and finished by defeating
Cincinnati Country Day’s Patrick Wildman (So.), 6-1, 6-0, in the
championship match. Kan won his first two matches 6-0, 6-0 before being
challenged in his semifinal match (Asher Hirsch; Cincinnati Country
Day), which he eventually won 6-2, 6-2. Wildman improved his overall
finish in this year’s state tournament after a third place finish in
2011. In the consolation bracket, Hirsch defeated Bexley senior Matt
Wareti, 6-3, 6-4.
The Division II doubles championship saw Gates Mills Hawken’s Daniel
Lubarsky (Sr.) and Siddarth Ahuja (So.) defeat Lima Central Catholic’s
John Kidd (Sr.) and Alex Swick (Jr.), in a match that lasted two hours
and 45 minutes. After dropping a heartbreaking 6-7 (7-9) set one, Hawken
saw itself down 5-1 early in the second before coming back and claiming
set two, 7-6 (7-3). They then took a commanding 5-2 lead in the third
and were able to hold on by a final count of 7-5. It was the first state
tennis title for Hawken and Lima Central Catholic finished as the
Division II runner-up for the second consecutive year. In the
consolation game, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy’s Mike Riley (Sr.) and
Weston Noall (So.) defeated Toledo Maumee Valley Country Day’s Grant
MacPherson (So.) and Stephen Shin (Sr.), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Times and Format:
Play begins both days at 9 a.m. with Division II singles players,
followed by Division I singles players, followed by doubles teams.
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