Members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team had a busy, but successful fall. The tournament season began with the D’Novo Men’s All-American championships in early October. Although the participating Buckeyes’ run came up short at the first of four ITA-sanctioned events, it was just the beginning of a historical two months.
With Ohio State hosting the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional championships, senior Bryan Koniecko became the third-consecutive Buckeye to capture the Midwest regional title this time in front of family and friends at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. It was no easy task for Koniecko as he faced teammate Justin Kronauge in the final (7-6, 2-6, 6-3).
The championship match in Columbus would serve as a prelude of what was to come in the final of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor championships in Charlottesville, Va. Once again, Koniecko was able to get the better of his Buckeye counterpart, winning in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. With the prestigious victory part of his resume, Koniecko became the first Buckeye to win the ITA indoor championship since current assistant coach Jeremy Wurtzman achieved the feat in 2003. Additionally, it was only the second time in the history of the event the final featured student-athletes from the same school.