WPIAL Boys’ Tennis Doubles Championship Brackets Announced

Monday, April 25, 2022

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) released its Boys’ Tennis Singles Championship brackets on Monday afternoon, with a total of 64 student-athletes qualifying through section tournaments held from April 20-22.

Student-athletes competed in four different sections from both the 2A and 3A classifications, with the top four teams from each bracket earning qualification to the WPIAL Championships. A total of 21 student-athletes return after making it out of sectionals in 2021, and one – Thomas Jefferson senior Drew Dimidjian – enters the bracket after previously making it in 2019.

Last year, Franklin Regional’s Anup Nadesan and Advait Kulkarni captured the 3A title while South Park’s Joe Toth and Ethan Bowden were champions of 2A.

The WPIAL 2A and 3A Doubles Championships will be held on April 26-27. The first round through semifinals will be held at both North Allegheny High School and Bethel Park High School (2A only) on April 26, and all finals and consolation finals will be held at North Allegheny on April 27.

LINK: 2022 WPIAL 3A Boys’ Tennis Doubles Championship Bracket
LINK: 2022 WPIAL 2A Boys’ Tennis Doubles Championship Bracket

SECTION 1-3A [Results]
The brother duo of Andrew Allen and Aaron Allen from Franklin Regional took home the Section 1-3A championship, topping teammates Prerit Yadav and Dhruv Kulkarni in straight sets (6-2, 6-4). The Allen brothers topped Kiski Area’s Jackson Newell and Nate Coleman by a 6-0, 6-0 scoreline to reach the final, while Yadav and Kulkarni defeated Greater Latrobe’s August Lawrence and Josh Havrilla in two frames (6-1, 6-2). Lawrence and Havrilla topped Newell and Coleman in two sets (7-5, 6-1) to claim bronze in the third-place consolation match.

Lawrence is the lone student-athlete who has previously made a WPIAL 3A Doubles Championships appearance, falling in the first round last season.

Advancing to WPIALs: Andrew Allen (12)/Aaron Allen (11), Franklin Regional; Prerit Yadav (12)/Dhruv Kulkarni (10), Franklin Regional; August Lawrence (11)/Josh Havrilla (11), Greater Latrobe; Jackson Newell (11)/Nate Coleman (11), Kiski Area

SECTION 2-3A [Results]
The North Hills tandem of Brandon McEwen and Josh Kim earned Section 2-3A doubles gold in a marathon match, defeating Moon duo Anthony Lounder and Rohan Maheshwari in three sets (6-4, 5-7, 6-2). McEwen and Kim were 6-1, 6-3 winners over North Allegheny’s Shomik Telang and Raj Ginde in the semifinals, while Lounder and Maheshwari won by a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline over Pine-Richland Braiden Smalley and Ethan Silipo to punch their finals tickets. Smalley and Silipo knocked off Telang and Ginde in the third-place consolation match in three frames (4-6, 6-2, 6-3).

Both the McEwen/Kim and Lounder/Maheshwari teams participated in last year’s WPIAL 3A Doubles Championships, with the North Hills duo advancing out of the first round.

The league has been notified that the North Allegheny team of Telang and Ginde will not be participating in the WPIAL 3A Doubles Championships.

Advancing to WPIALs: Joshua Kim (10)/Brandon McEwen (12), North Hills; Anthony Lounder (11)/Rohan Maheshwari (12), Moon; Braiden Smalley (12)/Ethan Silipo (12), Pine-Richland

SECTION 3-3A [Results]
Shady Side Academy duo David Mnuskin and Sam Bitzer were victorious in Section 3-3A, winning 7-5, 6-1 over reigning section champions Deniz Finkel and Ian Kuchera of Allderdice. Mnuskin and Bitzer were 6-3, 6-2 semifinal victors over Fox Chapel’s Cooper Friday and Will Siegel, while Finkel and Kuchera dispatched of Shady Side Academy’s Tommy Certo and Chase Hartman to make a second consecutive championship match. Friday and Siegel earned bronze in a third-place consolation match that featured two tiebreaking sets, ultimately winning 6-7(3), 7-6(6), 6-2 over Certo and Hartman.

Finkel and Kuchera went 0-1 in last year’s WPIAL 3A Doubles Championships.

Advancing to WPIALs: David Mnuskin (11)/Sam Bitzer (12), Shady Side Academy; Deniz Finkel (11)/Ian Kuchera (11), Allderdice; Cooper Friday (11)/Will Siegel (10), Fox Chapel; Tommy Certo (11)/Chase Hartman (10), Shady Side Academy

SECTION 4-3A [Results]
After finishing as Section 4-3A runners-up in 2021, Mt. Lebanon’s Jack and Luke Wilke finished one spot higher with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Upper St. Clair’s Dev Patel and Ronan Gibbons. The Wilke twins won their semifinal match over Chartiers Valley’s Ethan Estatico and Derek Ferrer by a 7-6(2), 6-4 scoreline, while Patel and Gibbons were 6-2, 6-2 winners over Mt. Lebanon’s Cole Descalzi and Nolan McGill in the semifinals. Descalzi and McGill needed three sets to claim third place over Estatico and Ferrer, earning the bronze via a 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2 comeback.

The Wilke twins finished third in last year’s WPIAL 3A Doubles Championships with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Peters Township’s Ellian Ascencio and David Lusk. Patel also was a part of last year’s bracket, finishing 1-1 with teammate Harrison Chui.

Advancing to WPIALs: Jack Wilke (12)/Luke Wilke (12), Mt. Lebanon; Dev Patel (12)/Ronan Gibbons (10), Upper St. Clair; Cole Descalzi (12)/Nolan McGill (11), Mt. Lebanon; Ethan Estatico (12)/Derek Ferrer (12), Chartiers Valley)

SECTION 1-2A [Results]
South Park’s Tim Lakatos and Alex Duing captured the Section 1-2A doubles championship with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Thomas Jefferson’s Drew Dimidjian and Tony Sparta. Lakatos and Duing reached the final with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Mt. Pleasant’s Mark Gallagher and Ryan Borkowski, while Dimidjian and Sparta defeated Ringgold’s Bryan and Brandon Nguyen in straight sets (6-4, 6-1). Gallagher and Borkowski were 6-4, 6-2 winners over the Nguyen brothers to claim bronze.

Duing, who was a Section 1-2A runner-up in 2021, finished 1-1 with teammate Dylan Weiss. Dimidjian advanced to the 2019 WPIAL 2A Doubles Championships after a third-place finish in sectionals, falling in the first round.

Advancing to WPIALs: Tim Lakatos (12)/Alex Duing (12), South Park; Drew Dimidjian (12)/Tony Sparta (12), Thomas Jefferson; Mark Gallagher (12)/Ryan Borkowski (12), Mt. Pleasant; Bryan Nguyen (12)/Brandon Nguyen (11), Ringgold

SECTION 2-2A [Results]
Beaver duo Andrew Cavett and Grady Johnson brought home the Section 2-2A championship, coming back to beat Mars tandem Luke Raymundo and Tim Jayamohan in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 6-2). Cavett – a reigning champion in Section 2-2A – and Johnson were comeback winners against Central Valley’s Christian Kosinski and Ryan Hardek in the semifinals (5-7, 6-2, 7-5), and Raymundo and Jayamohan topped Central Valley duo Ryan Kerr and Andrew Yankello by a 6-3, 6-3 scoreline. Kosinski and Hardek defeated their teammates Kerr and Yankello in the third-place consolation match, 7-5, 6-0.

Five student-athletes from Section 2-2A will be returning to the WPIAL 2A Doubles Championships. Cavett went 1-1, while the teams of Kosinski/Hardek and Kerr/Yankello dropped their opening round matches.

Advancing to WPIALs: Andrew Cavett (11)/Grady Johnson (12), Beaver; Luke Raymundo (12)/Tim Jayamohan (12), Mars; Christian Kosinski (12)/Ryan Hardek (12), Central Valley; Ryan Kerr (12)/Andrew Yankello (12), Central Valley

SECTION 3-2A [Results]
The Valley team of Nicholas Bussard and Dario Wolfe collected the Section 3-2A championship with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over reigning champions Brody Golla and Alex Garvey of North Catholic. Wolfe – a runner-up in Section 3-2A last year – and Bussard reached the final with 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Indiana’s Arturo Martin and Daniel Ray, while Golla and Garvey knocked off Valley duo Dylan Gentile and Nate Clark in three sets (6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3). Gentile and Clarke won bronze with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Martin and Ray.

Golla, Garvey, and Wolfe return to the WPIAL 2A Doubles Championships after falling in the first round last year.

Advancing to WPIALs: Nicholas Bussard (11)/Dario Wolfe (12), Valley; Brody Golla (12)/Alex Garvey (11), North Catholic; Dylan Gentile (11)/Nate Clarke (12), Valley; Arturo Martin (11)/Daniel Ray (12), Indiana

SECTION 4-2A [Results]
Quaker Valley tandem Henry Veeck and Justin Hajdukiewicz captured gold in Section 4-2A, winning a 6-2, 6-2 championship match over Montour’s John Rohrkaste and Jeremy Freeman. and Hajudkiewicz were 6-0, 6-1 victors against Hampton’s Ethen Oh and Vitaliy Pikalo in the semifinals, and Rohrkaste and Freeman topped Quaker Valley teammates Michael Lipton and Devin Carter in straight sets (7-5, 6-0). Lipton and Carter took home third with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Oh and Pikalo.

Veeck and Lipton won the Section 4-2A title as double partners last year, and finished fourth overall at the WPIAL 2A Doubles Championships.

Advancing to WPIALs: Henry Veeck (12)/Justin Hajdukiewicz (12), Quaker Valley; John Rohrkaste (9)/Jeremy Freeman (12), Montour; Michael Lipton (12)/Devin Carter (12), Quaker Valley; Ethen Oh (12)/Vitaliy Pikalo (10), Hampton

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