ST. PETER, Minn. — A year after bursting onto the scene and making a run to the Section 1A championship before just missing an MSHSL State Boys Tennis Tournament berth as a freshman, Cotter sophomore Ian Modjeski is on his way to State as a sophomore — and he’s joined by teammates Tony Wan and Jerry Yang.
Modjeski finished second in singles, while Wan and Yang were second in doubles at the Section 1A Tennis Championships on Thursday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.
The State Tournament is June 6-7 at the Reed Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Modjeski put up a fight in the first set of the finals before losing to St. James’ Lucas Doll 7-5, 6-3 in the finals. He then went on to defeat Stewartville’s Ethan Humble 6-3, 6-2 in the true second-place match.
He defeated Stewartville’s Ethan Olerich 6-1, 6-0, St. James’ Ben Foss 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, and Schaeffer Academy’s Pierre O’Driscoll 6-1, 6-3 on the way to the finals.
Last year Modjeski entered the section tournament as the No. 8 seed and upset the tournament’s top seed in the first round before storming his way to the finals. He lost in the finals and lost his true second-place match to narrowly miss a trip to State.
But this year he was no underdog and he got the job done. He entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and he is going to the State Tournament as the Section 1A runner up.
Wan and Yang lost in the finals to top seeded Thomas Eckel and Jonathan Onigkeit of Rochester Lourdes 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
Wan, a junior, and Yang, a senior, entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed. They defeated St. James’ Trey Witcraft and Joseu Solorzano 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, Fairmont’s Thomas Klanderud and Blake Haugen 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinal, and Lourdes’ Nick Pittner and Marjan Veldic 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinal on Wednesday.