The Antigo Red Robins will be represented at the WIAA Division Two Boys State Tennis Meet, after sectional competition held Wednesday in Altoona.
Junior Garrett Husnick has qualified at No. 1 singles, thanks to a second place overall finish.
With the top four finishers in flight one singles and doubles advancing, along with the winner in the remaining flights, Husnick worked his way through the eight-man bracket, all the way to the championship match, where he fell to top-seeded Jack Hehli of West Salem, 0-6, 0-6.
Nonetheless, it was an impressive run for Husnick, who will see what he can do at next week’s D2 State Meet, which begins Thursday at Sports Core in Kohler.
It also marked quite a turnaround for Husnick, who sprained his ankle twice this season.
Starting against Michael Roou of Black River Falls, Husnick took charge early, on his way to a 6-3, 6-1 win.
The next match was not quite as easy. Paired against Alex Erickson of Regis Catholic, the two battled it out for two hours. The average rally for a point in the first set was 20-plus hits, with some rallies going over 50.
Neither player gave an inch, but Husnick had just a little more patience, giving him the edge and an eventual 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Antigo’s ace was exhausted as a result, as he headed into the championship match against Jack Hehil of West Salem. With no more gas in the tank, Husnick was unable to grab a game.
“This was a great run for Husnick,” head coach Dave Zalewski said. “Now he gets a chance to test his skills against the state’s best at D2.”
Husnick was not alone at sectionals.
Antigo’s No. 1 doubles team of Jerome Jones and Sam Bretl ran into a steamroller in the first round.
Jones and Bretl faced the number one seed and eventual champion, Garrett Butler and Seth Capelli from Aquinas.
Antigo fell 0-6, 1-6, but it capped off a surprise accomplishment for the duo with the sectional berth.
Calvin Jansen also had a good tournament for the Robins at No. 3 singles. Matched up against LaCrosse Logan’s Alex Konczakowski in the first round, Jansen cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win.
In round two, Jansen squared off against a familiar opponent in Medford’s Ethan Swiantek, but came up short for the third time this season against his conference rival, losing both sets by identical 1-6, 1-6 scores.