WAVERLY – The Oelwein boys varsity tennis team finished third overall in the WAMAC conference tournament at Wartburg College on Monday.
The final standings were Decorah in first with 50 points, Maquoketa in second with 32 points, Oelwein in third with 30 points, Independence in fourth with 29 points, Marion in fifth with 24 points, Waverly-Shell Rock in sixth with 19 points and South Tama in seventh with five points.
“Overall, I am extremely proud of this group,” Oelwein boys tennis coach Travis Druvenga said. “We really bounced back and played great in singles and scored enough team points to place third out of seven teams. In our singles matches, every guy on our team played their best, most consistent tennis of the year so far.”
Oelwein No. 1 seed Dillon Arndt finished in third place. He lost to Maquoketa’s Kaleb Flenker in the semifinals and defeated Marion’s Kyle Mueller in the third-place consolation match.
Oelwein No. 2 seed Zach Wegner finished in second place. He defeated Independence’s Drew Evans in the semifinals and lost to Decorah’s Billy Lange in the finals.
Oelwein No. 3 seed Andrew Roete finished in second place. He defeated Independence’s Robert Stivers in the semifinals and lost to Decorah’s Joe Holland in the finals.
Oelwein No. 4 seed Drake Logan finished in third place. He lost the semifinals to Maquoketa’s Brady Digman and won the third-place consolation match against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Andrew Sand.
Oelwein No. 5 seed Spencer Logan finished in second place. He defeated Maquoketa’s Ethan Strathman in the semifinals and lost to Independence’s Mark Morkel in the finals.
Oelwein No. 6 seed Colton Roete finished in fourth place. He lost to Independence’s Joe Burke in the semifinals and lost to Austin Fritz in the third-place consolation match.
In doubles play; the Huskies No. 1 duo of Arndt and Wegner finished in sixth place, the Huskies No. 2 duo of Andrew Roete and Drake Logan finished in fourth place and the Huskies No. 3 duo of Spencer Logan and Ryan Mortensen finished in seventh place.
“We got off to a very slow start as a group in doubles, which unfortunately probably prevented us from finishing second overall as a team,” Druvenga said. “However, our No. 2 doubles team of Andrew Roete and Drake Logan were very competitive, losing the tiebreaker in the semifinals to the eventual No. 2 doubles champion Decorah.”
Arndt and Andrew Roete were recognized with Academic All-Conference honors prior to this tournament.