Players from high schools in central Ohio swept the Division I titles in the boys tennis state tournament Saturday at Ohio State, with New Albany's Peter Kobelt winning the singles championship and Worthington Kilbourne's Jonny Price and Kevin Metka taking the doubles title.

Players from high schools in central Ohio swept the Division I titles in the boys tennis state tournament Saturday at Ohio State, with New Albany's Peter Kobelt winning the singles championship and Worthington Kilbourne's Jonny Price and Kevin Metka taking the doubles title.

Kobelt became the first local player to win a large-school state singles title since Upper Arlington's Bob Gardner in 1973. After cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Shaker Heights' Tommy Marx in a semifinal, Kobelt beat West Chester Lakota West's Wyatt Lippert 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the final.

The victory avenged a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Lippert in the final last year. Both players are Ohio State recruits.

"I've been playing Wyatt since we were 12 years old and we've always been dead-even," Kobelt said. "I improved my serving in the second set and the third set was my best serving set by far. This is some of the best tennis I've ever played. I was a little tired by the end of the match, but I still had some gas in the tank, which is a tribute to the training I've done this past year."

Metka and Price beat Toledo St. John's Jesuit's Jacob Kuhn and Josef Pontasch 6-1, 6-4 in a semifinal and Watterson's Philip and Chris Diaz 6-4, 6-4 in the final. The Diaz brothers had beaten Metka and Price 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9) in the district final seven days earlier.

"We knew we could beat them if we got a second chance," Metka said. "I served a lot better than I did last week. They broke my serve three times last week, but only once today."

The Diaz brothers, who beat Upper Arlington's James Melvin and Billy Weldon 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in a semifinal, were the defending state champions.

"Give Worthington Kilbourne all the credit because they played great," Philip Diaz said. "We played well, but they were just a little better than us today."

Melvin and Weldon finished fourth after losing to Kuhn and Pontasch 6-3, 6-4 in the consolation final.

"It's hard to recover from losing in the semifinal," UA coach Amos Allison said. "I think they played a more motivated match than us."

Columbus Academy's Andrew Enslen and Joey Frank downed Cincinnati Wyoming's Mason Bourbon and Max Hennessy 6-4, 6-4 in a Division II doubles semifinal and lost to Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 6-3, 7-5 in the final.

"We were really close," Frank said. "There were just a couple of big points where we had opportunities and couldn't convert them or where we missed key returns."

Wellington's Ian Wagner lost to Beachwood's Mark Goldberg 7-6, (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) in a Division II semifinal, but bounced back to defeat Elida's Evan Neuman 6-3, 6-0 in the consolation final.

"In the final, I used a heavy spin and made him play with his backhand," Wagner said. "I kept grinding and ran a lot of balls down, and got a lot back."