--> University of Minnesota men's tennis player Chris Wettengel (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville HS) won the 2003 Big Ten Singles Championship today in Ann Arbor, Mich., going 5-0 at the fall season-ending tournament. Wettengel, a senior, defeated the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to the first Big Ten Singles Championship crown of his career.
Wettengel, the No. 7 seed, cruised through the draw without losing a set. He defeated Dima Ishtuganov of Indiana, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first round, Troy Havens of Purdue), 6-3, 6-4 in the second round, Ryan Heller of Michigan, 6-3, 6-3 in the third round, and Cameron Marshall of Michigan State, 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Wettengel upset second-seeded Andy Formanczyk of Michigan State, 6-3, 7-6 (2). He then shocked No. 1 seed Michael Rubin of host Michigan in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Fourth-seeded Avery Ticer went 2-1 in the event, winning his first two matches before being upset by Roddy Cantey of Penn State, 6-3, 6-3, in the third round. Clay Estes, seeded 9-16, also went 2-1, losing in straight sets to Formanczyk in the third round.
Three other Golden Gophers - Sion Wilkins, Mikey Kantar and Brian Lipinski - fell in the first round and advanced to the first round consolation bracket. Wilkins was eliminated in one match, Kantar in two, but Lipinski won the bracket with a 5-0 record. Lipinski defeated Scott Green of Ohio State in three sets in the semifinals and won in the final by double opponent default.
The semifinals of the main draw begin at 8 a.m., Monday morning with the finals scheduled for noon. 2003 Big Ten Men's Tennis Singles Championship
Nov. 15-17, 2003
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Final Minnesota Results
No. 4 Avery Ticer
def. Ryan McCarthy (Indiana), 6-2, 6-1
def. Aaron Schaechterle (Iowa), 6-4, 6-0
lost to Roddy Cantey (Penn St.), 6-3, 6-3
No. 7 Chris Wettengel
def. Dima Ishtuganov (Indiana), 7-6 (3), 6-2
def. Troy Havens (Purdue), 6-3, 6-4
def. Ryan Heller (Michigan), 6-3, 6-3
def. Cameron Marshall (Michigan St.), 7-5, 6-2
def. No. 2 Andy Formanczyk (Michigan St.), 6-3, 7-6 (2)
def. No. 1 Michael Rubin (Michigan), 6-4, 6-4
* First Place *
No. 9-16 Clay Estes
def. Malcolm Scatliffe (Penn St.), 6-2, 6-3
def. Ahmed Wahla (Northwestern), 6-4, 6-3
lost to No. 2 Andy Formanczyk (Michigan St.), 6-0, 6-3
lost to Chaitu Malempati (Iowa), 6-4, 6-2
lost to Sounak Chatterjee (Purdue), 6-0, 6-3 -- 1st Round Consolation Bracket
lost to No. 9-16 Chris Mitchell (Michigan St.), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
def. Jonny Hoak (Iowa), 6-4, 6-3 -- 1st Round Consolation Bracket
lost to Paul Rose (Purdue), 6-2, 6-1 -- 1st Round Consolation Bracket
lost to Steve Peretz (Michigan), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
def. Ward Bortz (Wisconsin), 7-6 (4), 6-2) -- 1st Round Consolation Bracket
def. Eric Hodgman (Purdue), 6-2, 6-1 -- 1st Round Consolation Bracket
Mike Flowers (Michigan St.), 6-1, 6-4 -- 1st Round Consolation Bracket
Scott Green (Ohio St.), 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 -- 1st Round Consolation Bracket
* Won in final of 1st Round Consolation Bracket on double opponent default