The Wellington School boys tennis team capped an already successful weekend with another championship May 27 at Reynoldsburg.
In the Division II Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state team tournament, the Jaguars opened with a 3-0 victory over Gates Mills Hawken and then edged Cincinnati Indian Hill 3-2 in the title match.
It marks the first team title in program history for the Jaguars, who had one of their doubles teams win a championship May 26 in the OHSAA individual state tournament.
“It was amazing to hang in there and get the win today. It’s definitely worth it,” sophomore Milan Gonela said.
Gonela, a state qualifier in singles who retired midway through his state quarterfinal match because of sickness, teamed with freshman Griffin Biernat at first doubles in the deciding match of the team state final.
Biernat and Gonela bounced back after falling into a one-set tie to beat Indian Hill’s Maanas Pisati and Mack Ellis 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 for the title.
Sophomore Trevor Ball and junior Adam Sorrels won at second and third singles, respectively, but the Jaguars lost the other two courts.
Against Hawken, Ball won at second singles, Biernat won at third singles and seniors Ryan Young and Kolapo Dairo won at second doubles.
Biernat teamed with his brother, senior Connor Biernat, to win a state doubles title May 26 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason as well.
“I thought we were really deep,” coach Tommy Haddow said. “Every single guy contributed.”
By Jarrod Ulrey
This year the boy’s tennis team made school history by becoming Team State Champions for the first time ever. I am incredibly proud of what these young men have accomplished. The members on this team have created a culture where they consistently support each other, while striving for individual AND team success. They have also created a growing sense of pride in their program and established their identity as the WellyBoiz. They are confident, poised, and dedicated athletes, who are well deserving of this exciting accomplishment.”
– Lindsey Smith P ’26 ’32, athletic director