CROOKSTON — When Guthrie Coughlin said “It was a fun day,” it was probably a bit of an understatement.
Coughlin and partner Austin Hirschey won the doubles championship in the Section 8-1A individual tournament at Crookston Thursday and will advance to the Class 1A state tournament June 7-8 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Teammates Shane Seuss-Josh Solway fought back to win true second place after being defeated in the semifinals by Coughlin-Hirschey.
“It was really awkward playing each other in the semis,” said Coughlin. “I was playing two of my best friends.
“We’re all seniors and we get to go to state together. That’s awesome, a really cool experience. With us winning the championship, it gave them a chance to come back for the true second.”
Coughlin-Hirschey started the day defeating Crookston’s Ethen Mercil-Cody Genereux 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and then beat Seuss-Solway 6-3, 6-3 in the semis. In the title round they dispatched Fabian Tunberg-Jorde Hotton from Thief River Falls 6-1, 6-4.
Seuss-Solway faced a tougher battle to get true second and the trip to state. They opened with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Derick Brehm-Ethan Brekke from Detroit Lakes. After their semifinal loss, they had to play for third place where they defeated Hunter Blowers-Tanner Nessen from TRF 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. That earned them the right to face Tunberg-Hotton, to whom they had not yet lost, for second place. That match also went three sets with Seuss-Solway coming out on top 6-4. 3-6, 6-4.
Seuss-Solway played at No. 1 doubles for S-M during the regular season while Coughlin-Hirschey competed at No 1 and 2 singles.
The Wadena-Deer Creek doubles team of Mike Paavola-Austin Korkowski was defeated in the quarterfinals.
Drew Larson (W-DC) lost in the quarterfinals of the singles tournament.
Quarterfinals: Logan Engelstad (TRF) def Drew Larson (WDC) 6-0, 6-0
Finals: Guthrie Coughlin-Austin Hirshey (SM) def. Fabian Tunberg-Jorde Hotton (TRF) 6-1, 6-4
True Second: Shane Seuss-Josh Solway (SM) def. Tunberg-Hotton 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Third Place: Seuss-Solway (SM) def. Hunter Blowers-Tanner Nessen (TRF) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Semifinals: Coughlin-Hirshey (SM) def. Seuss-Solway 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinals: Coughlin-Hirshey def. Ethan Mercil-Cody Genereux (Crook) 6-3, 6-0; Seuss-Solway def. Derick Brehm-Ethen Brekke (DL) 6-2, 6-2; Tunberg-Hotton (TRF) def. Mike Paavola-Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-1, 6-2
Next: Class 1A state tournament at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center, Minneapolis, June 7-8.