COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis team opened the fall portion of the season this weekend at a couple of different locations and saw a number of good results.
Senior James Trotter and redshirt-junior Andrew Lutschaunig claimed a pair of wins and reached the finals of the ATP Challenger Tennis Open Championship in Columbus.
The Buckeye duo took down Evan King and Jackson Withrow in the first round 7-6(4), 5-7, 10-7. Withrow is the No. 107 ranked doubles player in the world. They then rolled past Yunseong Chung and Seong-chan Hong 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals to reach Saturday’s championship match. In the finals, they battled Stefan Kozlov and Peter Polansky but the more veteran side took advantage of a couple of points and slipped by Trotter and Lutschaunig 7-5, 7-6(5). Despite the loss, it was a good way to start the season for the Buckeye teammates.
The rest of the team headed south to compete in the Southern Intercollegiates hosted by Georgia. In addition to Georgia, the Buckeyes took on players from USC, Texas and Mercer.
Noting the Southern Intercollegiates
The Buckeyes will head to the ITA All-American Championships next weekend in Tulsa, Okla. Ohio State has had success at the event in recent years with JJ Wolf winning the singles title in 2018 and Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig making the finals of the doubles draw in the same year. Mikael Torpegaard also won the consolation single bracket in 2015.