REEDSBURG — The weather was far from perfect and it came down right to the wire, but the Golden Eagles are on the board with their first win of the 2019 season.
Mauston defeated Reedsburg 4-3 in their dual meet Thursday, April 18 at Reedsburg Area High School. The Golden Eagles dropped all three doubles matches, but used a clean sweep of the singles matches to pick up the victory late on a chilly, windy afternoon.
In the No. 1 singles match, Mauston senior Garrett Neve defeated Reedsburg senior Noah Brueggeman-Hulse 6-2, 6-1 while Mauston junior Jaimin Davis topped Reedsburg junior Brett Bolt 6-4, 6-1 in No. 2 singles.
In No. 3 singles, Mauston junior Justin Johnson picked up a straight-sets win over Reedsburg freshman Anthony Buss 6-1, 6-1. In what wound up being the closest match of the night and the decisive result for the Golden Eagles, sophomore Zach Lund rallied to beat Reedsburg senior Isaac Peterson 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-4 in No. 4 singles.
The Lund-Peterson match was the only one of the meet to go to a tiebreaker.
In No. 1 doubles, Reedsburg seniors Max Harsh and Tom Koenig defeated Mauston sophomore Ryle Kobylski and senior Matthew Skiles 6-2, 6-1. Reedsburg sophomore Alex Woodruff and senior Victor Fuentes Coro beat Mauston sophomores Ethan Mould and Kyle Hadac 6-1, 6-2 in No. 2 doubles.
In No. 3 doubles, Reedsburg junior Jacob Gesteland and senior Logan Benseman topped Mauston senior Jonathan Leandro-Scheppa and Josh Eckerman 6-1, 6-2.
After a loss to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln to kick off the year, Mauston head coach Derek Felska was quite pleased with the improvements his team made in just their second meet of the season.
“Our singles players seem to be rounding into form pretty nicely and they’re having a little more success today than they did against Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln,” Felska said. “I’m really encouraged by what I’ve seen. We’ve had a lot of practices but not a lot of matches. A lot of learning happens in the matches. You can practice and hit forehands and backhands until you puke, but it’s learning from match experience and learning strategy because part of it is you have to learn how to adapt.”
Despite the loss, Reedsburg head coach Andy Gesteland was happy with his team’s performance as well, especially considering the adverse elements the players from both teams were forced to contend with.
“Considering the weather elements right now, I think the kids are battling well,” Gesteland said. “It’s a good match. Both teams look like they have strengths at different areas, but I like the way it’s going.”