Four area doubles teams, as well as singles players Peter Kobelt of New Albany in Division I and Ian Wagner of Wellington in Division II, advanced to the semifinal round of the state boys tennis tournament Friday in Ohio State's Stickney Center.

Kobelt will play Shaker Heights' Tommy Marx, and Wagner will meet Beachwood's Mark Goldberg in singles semifinals Saturday.

In the Division I doubles semifinals, Upper Arlington's James Melvin and Will Weldon will meet brothers Phillip and Chris Diaz of Watterson, and Worthington Kilbourne's Jonny Price and Kevin Metka will face Jacob Kuhn and Josef Pontasch of Toledo St. John's.

Columbus Academy was represented at state by three singles and two doubles teams, and its doubles tandem of Andrew Enslen and Joey Frank will meet Cincinnati Wyoming's Max Hennessy and Mason Bourbon in a semifinal.

Kobelt, who was the state runner-up a year ago and is making his fourth state appearance, beat Shaker Heights' Maxi Mullally (6-2, 6-0) and Vandalia Butler's Andy Jackson (6-3, 6-3).

"I'm playing some of my best tennis of the year right now," Kobelt said. "I came out a little bit nervous but I'm feeling pretty good right now."
Wagner was fourth a year ago and downed Canton Central Catholic's Colin Bernier (6-3, 6-4) and Toledo Ottawa Hills' Evan Bechtel (6-2, 6-0).

"I was just hoping to get to state again this year," Wagner said. "I have a good chance to win my next match, too. In my first match (today) I came out a little nervous but in my second match I moved a lot better."

The Diaz brothers beat Eastlake North's Matt Roche and Steve Kovacic (6-0, 6-1) and Loveland's Chris Stahl and Austin Stahl (6-0, 6-3).

Melvin and Weldon moved on with wins over Connor Majdalani and Gregory Dement of Toledo St. John's (6-1, 6-3) and Shaker Heights' David Gabriel and Nic Howe (6-1, 6-3).

Price and Metka defeated Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit's Garrett Cona and Matt Spittler (6-2, 6-1) and Cincinnati St. Xaviers's Sean Bandy and Brad Sena (6-3, 2-6, 6-4).

"We just got pumped," Price said. "This is the furthest I've ever been, so I was excited."