Tomah and Reedsburg normally play close matches in boys tennis, but there was no doubt about this year’s result.
The Timberwolves won six matches in straight sets to claim a 6-1 victory over the Beavers during a cool, breezy nonconference matchup Thursday at Reedsburg High School. The match was rescheduled from April 5.
Tomah boosted its dual record to 2-0.
“Overall the varsity played well and sealed up matches that they needed to,” Tomah coach Andrew Johnson said. “I am liking what I am seeing so far.”
The Timberwolves were particularly strong in the upper tier of matches. At number-one doubles, Dylen Pierce and Jarrett Knoepker were dominant in a 6-0, 6-3 victory.
“Dylen Pierce and Jarett Knoepker are doing very well at one doubles so far,” Johnson said. “One doubles is always a challenging spot to play at, and they have handled it very well.”
Tomah’s top two singles players, Noah Nick and Luke Grygleski, combined to win 24 of their 29 games.
“Noah did an excellent job at one singles today,” Johnson said. “He had a match with long rallies, but his overall consistency and serves allowed him to put away his opponent ... Noah is off to a great start so far this year with commanding victories.”
Johnson was also impressed with Grygleski’s match at number-two singles.
“Luke was a little under the weather, but that did not stop him from sealing up a victory,” Johnson said. “He felt as though his ground strokes were not on, but his mastery of spin pulled him through.”
The number-two doubles team of Caleb McNutt and James Kelley overcame a close call in the first set to pitch a shutout in the second set “once they got over their nerves,” Johnson said.
Andy Valest and Evan Lord played their first match together at number three singles and won 6-1, 6-3.
“They made a solid debut,” Johnson said. “They struggled a bit in the second set, but once they reduced their errors, they finished it out well.”
Tyler Dechant was shifted from number-three doubles to number-four singles and earned a solid victory.
“He kept moving his opponent around and put away shots when he needed to,” Johnson said. “Tyler did an excellent job in his first singles match today.”
The closest match was the only one the Timberwolves lost. Aaron Honish lost an extended first-set tiebreaker 12-10 to Dayne Rothwell of Reedsburg and then dropped the second set. Johnson called it “the most interesting match of the night.”
“Both players were incredibly consistent and were waiting for the other to make a mistake,” Johnson said. “Aaron was up in the second set for a bit but could not hold on.”
Tomah won both junior varsity matches. Daniel Swanson won his singles match, while Mason Morphey and Jaron Kostka prevailed in their doubles match.
The Timberwolves return home to face Winona Cotter Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and head to Holmen for their Mississippi Valley Conference opener Thursday, April 19.