Central junior Cooper Ferruzzi cruised through most of the No. 1 singles draw in the Southern Lakes Conference Boys Tennis Tournament, which was held Friday and Saturday at Lake Geneva Badger.
In the title match, however, Ferruzzi ran into a buzzsaw himself.
Ferruzzi, who reached the second round of the WIAA Division-1 State Meet singles draw last year, defeated Wilmot’s Christian Oberlin, 6-0, 6-0, and Elkhorn’s Nick White, 6-0, 6-1, to reach the title match against Badger senior Mason Sniatynski.
Like he’s done to many opponents in his standout high school career, Sniatynski blanked Ferruzzi, 6-0, 6-0, for his fourth consecutive SLC title.
Sniatynski, who has qualified for state in each of his first three years at Badger, will play at Nebraska-Omaha next season.
Ferruzzi’s second-place effort, however, led the Falcons to a fourth-place finish in the eight-team meet.
Central notched 12 points, behind third-place Elkhorn’s 24 and second-place Waterford’s 24.5. Badger won four of seven flights and totaled 35 points to win the meet.
Wilmot placed last with two points.
The conference meet is combined with the season’s dual meets to determine an overall conference champion. Badger claimed that title, as well, while Central again finished fourth. Wilmot tied for seventh with Delavan-Darien.
Central scored points in the conference meet at No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, in addition to Ferruzzi’s second-place finish.
At No. 2 singles, Levi Hardesty won his third-place match against Burlington’s Quinn Adamak, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
At No. 3 singles, Austin Dority also placed third, winning his third-place match, 6-2, 6-3, over Waterford’s Max Engel.
And at No. 2 doubles, Jack Weis and Paul Capelli reached the third-place match.
There, the Central duo was defeated, 6-2, 6-2, by the Union Grove duo of Tommy Hempel and Mickey Rewolinski.
Wilmot’s lone two points came via the No. 3 doubles team of Jesse Lewandowski and Alfred Hodges, who reached the third-place match and were beaten by Elkhorn’s Tyler Dodge and Sal Palos, 6-0, 6-1.