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Weiss, Thatcher Take Third at Tennis State Tournament

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor 

Maharishi School's Thomas Weiss (left) and Derek Thatcher have piled up a 44-6 career record in doubles play and finished third for the second year in a row at the Class 1A state individual tournament Saturday.
WATERLOO — Maharishi School’s Thomas Weiss and Derek Thatcher finished third in Class 1A doubles for the second-straight year and made the most noise for the Pioneers at the state individual tournament Saturday.

The duo now sports a 44-6 career record after taking care of Davenport Assumption’s Eric Lammers and Kyle Gacke 6-2, 6-4 in the third-place match. Friday, Thatcher and Weiss, entering the tournament as the three-seed, steamrolled the eventual sixth-place finishers Will Loux and Brannon Johnson of Pella 6-1, 6-0 and eventual seventh-place medalists Carson and Cole Anderson of Storm Lake 6-2, 6-1.

The only loss of the tournament came at the hands of Dubuque Wahlert’s Tom Runde and Brandon Schneider 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal match.

Thatcher, a four-time state qualifier, has now played in the doubles semifinal three straight seasons.

In singles play, the third-seeded Sam Arsanjani battled illness leading up to the tournament and ended up outside of the medals. The junior opened up with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Waverly-Shell Rock’s Tanner Steere before duking out a 2.5 hour match with eventual runner-up Aaron Chalstron of Fort Dodge St. Edmond. Chalstron won the match 6-3, 6-3.

Out of gas and playing his third match of the day, Arsanjani was clipped in the consolation bracket 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) by Grinnell’s Tim Kahl.

Raphael Gelfand had the unenviable task of drawing top-seeded James McManus in the opening round and the sophomore was bounced from the championship bracket by a score of 6-0, 6-0. McManus went on to win the Class 1A singles title for Waterloo Columbus.

Gelfand went on to win a 6-2, 6-2 match over Ballard’s Peter Rietgraf in consolation play, but the another tough-luck draw came up in the form of Grinnell’s Charlie Wilhelm. The 2010 foruth-place finisher beat Gelfand 6-3, 6-0 and didn’t lose another match the rest of the way to finish fifth.

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