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Boys tennis: Litchfield nabs consolation title at state

The Dragons edge Minnewaska/ Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 4-3 in the Class A fifth-place match in Minneapolis. The Class A individual tournament begins 8 a.m. Thursday with athletes from Litchfield and Minnewaska/BBE competing.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Litchfield tennis head coach John Carlson and the Dragons’ boys tennis team had the goal of leaving the Class A state tournament with a medal and they accomplished just that.

Litchfield defeated Minnewaska/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the fifth-place match Wednesday at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.

The Dragons, who last appeared in the state tournament in 2018, defeated Minnewaska/BBE 4-3, winning three singles matches and one doubles match en route to earning their second win at the state tournament.

Litchfield singles players in sophomore Garrison Jackman and senior Mason Woelfel went undefeated in tournament play. Each won all three of their matches.

On the flip side for Minnewaska/BBE, it was the co-op’s first appearance at the state tournament. Singles player Tate Reichmann went undefeated in his three matches. The senior duo of Damon Uhde and Nik VanDyke also won all three of their matches in doubles play.

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St. Paul Academy and Summit School won the Class A state title Wednesday evening, dominating the Breck School en route to a 5-2 victory. The Spartans lost four matches throughout the entire tournament.

Earlier Wednesday, Rochester Lourdes defeated Rock Ridge 5-2 in the third-place match of the Class A state tournament.

Eagles’ senior Ethan Lesser finished with an undefeated record of 3-0 in singles play, where he dropped just six games throughout the tournament.

Individual competition begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at Reed-Sweatt Family Center, concluding with the championship rounds Friday.

Litchfield senior Mason Woelfel, who won the Section 2A singles title, competes against Osakis’

Isaac Maddock at 8 a.m. Thursday. Maddock is ranked fourth in Class A.

Reichmann, who finished second place in Section 8A, plays St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s Kai Sih at 8 a.m. Thursday. Sih is ranked third in Class A.

Litchfield’s junior duo of Alex Draeger and Braden Olson compete against St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s Leo Benson and Maik Nguyen at 10 a.m. Thursday in doubles.

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Draeger and Olson were second in Section 2A.

Class A

Consolation final

Litchfield 4, Minnewaska/BBE 3

Singles
(1) Tate Reichmann, M/BBE, def Alex Draeger 6-3 6-4… (2) Mason Woelfel, L, def Gannon Walsh 6-3 6-2 … (3) Garrison Jackman, L, def Ethan Quelle 6-3 6-2… (4) Nathan Wuotila, L, def Konner Hanson 6-1 6-1
Doubles
(1) Damon Uhde/Nik VanDyke, M/BBE, def Braden Olson/Tyler Pennertz 3-6 7-5 10-5… (2) Connor Quelle/Tenzin Dahl, M/BBE, def Brady Cannon/Eli Schacherer 6-1 6-4… (3) Gray Nelson/Josh Blomberg, L, def Noah Palmer/Alec Larson 3-6 7-5 10-8

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Tate Reichmann closes out a big week Friday at the state Class A tournament in Minneapolis.

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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