Wausau East seniors Brady Becker and Jake Klug tried to soak in the atmosphere near the end of their straight set loss to their Brookfield East opponents in a No. 2 doubles matchup Friday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium
Their 6-0, 6-1 setback to the team of Henry Termuehlen and Patrick Krill was part of the Lumberjacks’ 7-0 loss to the Spartans in a Division 1 boys state team tennis quarterfinal, and also marked the end of their of the East duo’s high school careers.
“We tried our best to stall it out a little bit and soak it all in as long as we could,” Becker said. “We didn’t play our best, but it was just level of competition thaqt we haven’t seen before. That’s fun to see too, just to come here and see a team that is that good.
“This is it for me as far as (organized) athletics, and it’s really a great way to end my senior year and high school career in general,” Becker said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to be sent out.”
The Lumberjacks, making their first state appearance since 1995, faced a challenge coming in against one of the top teams in the state. Both of Brookfield East’s losses this year have come to six-time defending state champion Marquette University, and the Spartans returned eight players from last season’s squad that reached the state semifinals.
East didn’t win a set and took 11 games overall, with the No. 3 doubles team of Garrett Richetto and Dakota Osborn accounting for five.
“I’m not disappointed in the way our guys played, just disappointed for them. You would like to see them go out on a win,” East coach Trevor Knight said. “You get down here, you’re going to run into great teams. We belong down there, but we’re just not quite at that level.”
Brookfield East had four singles players and two doubles teams in last weekend’s individual tourney. Felix Corwin won D1 singles title.
The Lumberjacks’ No. 1 singles player Conrad Felten, an individual state qualifer as well, faced off against Corwin, who scored a 6-0, 6-0 win against the Lumberjacks senior.
“He’s obviously a good player and it was fun to play against him,” said Felten, who plans on playing tennis next year at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. “It’s all-around (with Corwin), and he’s got a great forehand and serve. It’s just hard to stay with him.”