MASON — Senior Jack Zelezny and junior Josh Cole became the 18th doubles team to win a Division I state title for the Upper Arlington High School boys tennis program May 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center.
After beating Hunting Valley University School’s Drew Krantz and Tyler Krantz 6-4, 6-0 in a semifinal, Zelezny and Cole defeated Cincinnati Sycamore’s Noah Stern and Nathan Zhang 6-4, 6-2 for the title.
“Being a state champion is such an accomplishment,” Zelezny said. “It’s an incredible feeling.”
With the first set tied at 4, Zelezny and Cole were trailing Stern and Zhang 40-0 when things came together, as they rallied to win the game and set and cruised in the second set.
“We played better today than we did yesterday,” Cole said. “Obviously, this was the goal.”
Finishing runner-up at state were Columbus Academy seniors Austin Lawrence and Eric Min in Division II doubles.
After edging Gates Mill Hawken’s Michael Lee and Josef Horwath 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in a semifinal, Lawrence and Min lost to Cincinnati Country Day’s Vishaal Nalagatla and Justin Baker 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the final.
In the semifinal, Lawrence and Min scored the final 11 points of the match.
In Division I singles, Hilliard Bradley senior Mitchell Thai won the third-place match by injury default over New Albany sophomore Robert Cash after both players had lost in straight sets in the semifinals.
Finishing fourth were the New Albany doubles team of senior Graeme Green and sophomore Nathan Jose in Division I and the Bexley doubles team of junior Mark Nudelman and sophomore Leo Schottenstein in Division II.