What the West Genesee boys tennis team could not pull off in the regular season, it managed to accomplish during last week’s Section III Class A tournament at SUNY-Cortland.
Thanks to a singles sweep from Brent Boleslav, Garrett Boleslav and Connor McGuigan, the Wildcats, with 61 points, edged past long-time nemesis Fayetteville-Manlius (58 points) and earned the sectional team championship for the first time in the program’s history.
Brent Boleslav played first singles, and didn’t drop a game in either of his first two matches, shutting out Jason Wisely (Cicero-North Syracuse) and Tom Alexander (Auburn) by equal 6-0, 6-0 margins and then, in the finals, handling F-M’s Josh Druger 6-1, 6-3.
As for Garrett Boleslav, who played in second singles, he cruised past Liverpool’s Aaron Laviolette 6-0, 6-0 and Oswego’s Alex Kemper 6-1, 6-1 to reach the finals, while long matches in the other half of the bracket caused the semifinals to spill over to the next day.
Finally, F-M’s Riley Ma stepped out of that bracket to face Boleslav in the finals, but it wasn’t close as Garrett dropped one less game than Brent did, beating Ma 6-0, 6-3 for the title.
McGuigan, playing third singles, topped Syracuse East’s Alex Nguyen 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and dominated Baldwinsville’s Scott Ferrari 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals. That set up a final with Liverpool’s Ian Szczesniak, where McGuigan swept the first set 6-0 and, despite some struggles, took the second set 6-4 to complete the singles sweep.
Alex Fox and Connor Smith paired up for WG in first doubles, where they shut out C-NS’s Rich Dennis and Connor Doren 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, earning a state qualifier berth, but lost in the semifinals to East Syracuse-Minoa’s Brandon Stone and Tyler Underwood 6-1, 6-1 and eventually took fourth place.
Moving to second doubles, Anthony Stracqualursi and Billy Viau won, 6-1, 6-1, over Watertown’s Austin Bentley and Jude Renzi, but lost in the semifinals to Baldwinsville’s Eric Johnson and Devin Murphy 6-2, 6-2, but beat Mike Fensken and Evan Vogue (Liverpool) 6-0, 6-2 for third place and valuable team points.