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Mountaineers hold off West Iron County

May 2, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain outlasted West Iron County 5-3 in a "close, long" boys tennis match Tuesday at Amos Marston Eastside Courts.

The Mountaineers claimed three singles victories plus the pivotal No. 3 doubles match that went for two and a half hours.

"Albert Tomassoni and Nick Cecconi played hard and refused to lose which gave us our team victory," Mountaineer coach Greg Stegall said of the 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 decision over Joey Pisoni-Alec Schmelbech.

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West Iron County’s Austin Waara defeated Iron Mountain’s Ty Thomann at No. 1 singles Tuesday at Amos Marston Eastside Courts.

Freshmen Danny Willman-Mark Beauchamp, playing their first varsity match, spilled the Wykons' Max Maloney-Kyle Maki 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 doubles.

Iron Mountain No. 2 singles Josh Beauchamp "played his best tennis" to down Caleb Pellizzer 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

"Josh continues to improve as the season progresses," Stegal said.

Mountaineer No. 4 singles Max Frorenza clipped Alex Ralston 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

IM No. 3 singles Gerry Pirkola "controlled the net and pressured a worthy opponent" in Adam Newby with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

West Iron prevailed at No. 1 singles (Austin Waara over Ty Thomann 6-4, 6-3), No. 1 doubles )Ryan Rogers-Andrew Peterson over Henry Hakamaki-Taylor Huotari 6-2, 6-3) and No. 2 doubles (Sean Gustafson-Tylor Capadagli over Phil Koerschner-Swayer Kujala).

"Iron Mountain played extremely well," West Iron coach Joe Serbentas said. "Give them credit. Hopefully we will learn from this match and move forward. We have to cut down on unforced errors if we want to be successful."

"West Iron has a solid team, good kids and they're well coached," Stegal said. "It's a pleasure to play these guys and it's a big win for us."

On Thursday, Iron Mountain (3-1) hosts Munising and West Iron (1-1) visits Norway.

Kingsford's match with Menominee was postponed from Tuesday to today.



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