Hinsdale Central Boys' Tennis Team Wins Third State Title

Edward Grabill takes first; Martin Joyce second in singles; Michael Czlonka and James Bruning place fourth in doubles.

The Hinsdale Central High School Boys Tennis Team won its third straight IHSA state title this past weekend. The Red Devils scored 56 points, tying the record for the second most points in the history of the state tournament. The team’s match record is 191 wins to 14 losses and highlights of the season include playing at the National Deco Turf High School Team Championships, the Tom Pitchford Memorial and Jay Kramer Invitationals.

In boys’ singles, 126-player field was pared down to captain and defending state champion Martin Joyce against fellow teammate Eddie Grabill. Grabill won in three close sets to become the second player in state history to win both doubles and singles titles and the only player to win titles in consecutive years. A friendly rivalry between the two Central juniors has been the hallmark of the season, as they played over 80 matches this year and lost only to each other. 

Central also brought strong doubles teams to the tournament. Captain Chase Hamilton and Lope Adelakun were the runners up in the doubles draw while Michael Czlonka and James Bruning placed fourth.

“After winning a record 22nd Illinois state boys tennis title in 2013, you’d have thought there’d be a let up,” said Hinsdale Central Coach John Naisbitt.  “If anything, last year’s win seems to have pushed these players even harder. They all played their hearts out.  I, along with the other coaches, Scott Radecki, John Williams, Herb Hagermoser, Ian Tesmond and Shauna Zuccurini, could not be more proud.”

Souce: Hinsdale Central High School


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