November 1, 2019
LINCOLN, Neb. – Friday morning provided a good start to the Buckeye four at the Big Ten Individual Championship in Lincoln, Neb., as they picked up four doubles victories.
Juniors Jacob Wareti and Tim Seibert opened play with an 8-7(6) victory over host Nebraska’s top pairing of Patrick Cacciatore and Williams Gleason. They then followed that with a solid 8-4 victory over the top-seeded team of Trice Pickens and Dominik Stary of Northwestern. Wareti and Seibert are now 4-1 on the season as they also won a pair of matches at the ITA Midwest Regional a couple of weeks ago.
The other Buckeye doubles team of Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter entered the weekend as the No. 2-seeded team. They took down Nebraska’s Albert Sprlak Puk and Shunya Maruyama 8-5 in their first match and then rolled to an 8-1 victory over Wisconsin’s Daniel Nuzhny and Scott Sculley.
The semifinal matches will pit Seibert and Wareti against the third-seeded team of Oliver Okonkwo and Joes Tyler of Iowa while Lutschaunig and Trotter will take on the fourth-seeded duo of Abhijeet Joshi and Nathan Spear of Northwestern.
On Friday afternoon, all four Buckeyes will open play in the singles draw.
In the opening round of the singles draw, Tim Seibert overcame a tight match against Kristofer Siimar of Michigan en route to a 6-4,7-5 victory. Columbus native Jacob Wareti fell to Gabriel Huber of Wisconsin in two sets (6-3,6-3). James Trotter seized control versus Morgan Lohan of Iowa posting a dominant 6-0, 6-1 win. Andrew Lutschaunig rallied triumphantly after a first set loss to Andre Saleh of Nebraska and won the second set 6-0. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the third set, Lutschaunig would seal his second-round berth with a 6-2 victory in the third set.
Two Buckeyes kept their momentum to proceed to the quarterfinal round of the singles draw. While Lutschaunig fell 6-0,6-3 to Steven Forman of Northwestern, Trotter kept his opponent at bay with a convincing 6-2,6-2 victory over Victor Moreno Lozano of Nebraska. After a closely contested first set, Seibert outlasted Carson Gates of Michigan (7-6(4), 6-3).
November 2, 2019
LINCOLN, Neb. — Another Buckeyes doubles team tasted glory Saturday morning as Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter won the doubles draw at the Big Ten Fall Individual Championship.
The semifinal round of the doubles draw featured two Ohio State tandems at opposite sides of the bracket. Lutschaunig and Trotter found early rhythm and defeated Abhijeet Joshi and Nathan Spear of Northwestern 8-1, while Jacob Wareti and Tim Seibert fell 8-4 to Oliver Okonkwo and Joes Tyler of Iowa in the semifinal. Lutschaunig and Trotter went onto avenge their fellow Buckeye teammates by posting an 8-7,6-4 victory over the Iowa pair to add another doubles tournament win to the Buckeye’s resume this Fall.
In the singles draw, Trotter clinched a semifinal berth by continuing his tournament run with an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Trice Pickens of Northwestern. Tim Seibert showed grit versus Robin Parts of Wisconsin, pushing the Badger to the third set where he fell 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round. Trotter won the first set tiebreaker versus Steven Forman of Northwestern and outdueled him to reach the the singles draw final (7-6, 7-5). In hopes of claiming two championships this weekend, Trotter is set to face Dominik Stary of Northwestern in the singles draw final Sunday.
November 3, 2019
Another weekend, another tournament sweep for the Buckeyes as James Trotter brings home two tournament titles in both the singles and doubles draw.
Trotter kept the hot hand all tournament and remained dominant against a challenging opponent in Dominik Stary of Northwestern. After winning the first set tiebreaker, Trotter rolled into the second set posting a strong 6-1 victory to. win the singles draw title the Big Ten Individual Championship (7-6,6-1).
Saturday morning, Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter seized the second doubles championship for the Buckeyes this Fall, following John McNally and Robert Cash’s performance at the ITA Midwest Regional in October. With two singles championships and two doubles championships added to the tally, Ty Tucker and the Buckeyes seem to be clicking on all cylinders as they prepare for a very competitive schedule in the Spring.