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Boys Varsity Tennis · Tennis Boys—Wildcats slip past Father Ryan 5-4 as Senior Sean Moran clinches win with victory. Team now prepares for district tournament this week

GLADEVILLE — The Wilson Central Wildcat tennis squad played its final home match last Wednesday, hosting Father Ryan in a tightly contested match up.

The Wildcats managed to pull out a win with senior Sean Moran clinching the match with an 8-4 victory at number six singles to guarantee a 5-4 victory.

Wilson Central (11-2) fell behind after the doubles round with juniorDSC_0114 Andrew Denning and sophomore Michael Mercante suffering an 8-6 loss at two doubles to the team of Chase Colangelo and Juan Thomas Ibarra at the number two position.

Moran and junior Braden Hammer put the Wildcats on the board with an 8-6 win over Ben Krueger and Grant Tinsey at number three doubles to tie the match at one, but seniors Akbar Rahmani and Houston Wood dropped a close matchup at number one singles.

Rahmani and Wood led 7-6 and at 8-7, but Justin Miller and Derrick Watson managed to pull out a pair of tough games to force a tiebreaker for the doubles point. Miller and Watson jumped out to a 4-0 lead early en route to a 7-2 win in the tiebreaker.

The match quickly swung in Wilson Central’s advantage as Denning and Hammer came off the courts with wins to put the Wildcats on top.

Denning’s 8-6 win over Colangelo tied the match before Hammer vanquished Tinsey 8-5 to give Wilson Central a 3-2 win.

Rahmani polished off Watson 8-3 which set the stage or Moran’s clinching win.

At one singles Mercante suffered his first singles loss of the season as Miller used an aggressive serve and coming forward into the net regularly to pressure Mercante into a number of errors.

Wood dropped a 9-7 loss to Ibarra to give the Irish its final point.

The District 9AAA tournament for the team is set as the semi-finals are to be played on Thursday, and finals Friday with both rounds being held at Memorial Park.
The Wildcats finished as the number three seed and will take on Hendersonville in its first round match on Thursday. Hendersonville defeated Wilson Central on Monday by a 6-1 score. In the other half of the draw Mt. Juliet, the top seed, will take on Lebanon.


Wilson Central boys 5, Father Ryan 4

1. Justin Miller (F) d. Michael Mercante (W) 8-5
2. Juan Thomas Ibarra (F) d. Houston Wood (W) 9-7
3. Akbar Rahmani (W) d. Derrick Watson Jr. (F) 8-3
4. Andrew Denning (W) d. Chase Colangelo (F) 8-6
5. Braden Hammer (W) d. Grant Tinsey (F) 8-5
6. Sean Moran (W) d. Ben Krueger (F) 8-4
1. Miller/Watson (F) d. Rahmani/Wood (W) 8-7(2)
2. Colangelo/Ibarra (F) d. Denning/Mercante (W) 8-6
3. Hammer/Moran (W) d. Krueger/Tinsey (F) 8-6