Lakers’ Romig wins Class B tennis singles title

Cazenovia star sweeps through three sectional foes

Both the Cazenovia and Chittenango boys tennis team’s top players made their way to Utica’s Mott Courts to take part in last week’s Section III Class B championship tournament – and it was Nate Romig making the biggest statement of all.

Romig led the Lakers by winning the first singles championship. The tournament started last Monday, where Romig beat Jamesville-DeWitt’s Alex Tso 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and then shut out Cortland’s Kristian Reynolds 6-0, 6-0 to reach the finals Tuesday against New Hartford’s Vishnu Kakuturi.

Here, Romig faced his toughest match, but once he got through a 6-4 first set, things got easier, and he beat Kakuturi 6-2 in the second set to earn his sectional title – not to mention a place in the Section III state qualifier later in the week.

An opening-round match in first doubles pitted the Bears’ Conor Delaney and Connor Martin against the Lakers’ Ben Kmetz and Harry McDonough, and Delaney and Martin won, 6-2, 6-2, only to lose in the quarterfinals to CBA’s Dan Mantooth and Barnes Werner 6-2, 6-1.

In third singles, the Lakers’ Wyatt Lansing, with a bye to the quarterfinals, beat Westhill’s Jordan Files 6-4, 6-1, only to fall in the semifinals to CBA’s Dean Vlassis 6-0, 6-0. Chittenango’s Kyle Brazell lost in the opening round to J-D’s Ishan Gajra by those same 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Cazenovia had one doubles team in the field as Galen Okoniewski and Mason Stehle won their opening-round match over Joe Domicolo and Ben Pelow (Mexico) 6-1, 6-3, before J-D’s Jake Cline and Josh Frank eliminated them in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-2.

Moving to second singles, the Bears’ Petr Byrtus, in three sets, lost his opening-round match to J-D’s Josh DeHoog 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

In the team standings, Cazenovia, with 26 points, finished fifth, with J-D (47 points) edging New Hartford (44 points) for first place, plus Oneida in third place and CBA in fourth place.

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