June 29, 2016

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Boys tennis: Jacob Dunbar heads to state tourney

OBERLIN — Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar is headed to the state boys tennis tournament.

The fantastic freshman qualified for the event by winning his first two matches Thursday at the Oberlin College Division I District.

Jacob Dunbar

Jacob Dunbar

Dunbar defeated New Philadelphia’s Thirgo Braga 6-3, 6-1 in the first round, then bulldozed Sha-ker Heights’ Peter Smetona 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. He is now 26-0 on the season and has yet to lose a set.

Thanks to those victories, Dunbar punched his ticket to next weekend’s state tourney, where he will become just the sixth singles player in Medina County history to compete.

Additionally, Dunbar and his older brother Ethan have joined Medina doubles players Mike and Brian Carey (1989-91) as the county’s second pair of siblings to qualify for the biggest event in Ohio prep tennis. Ethan Dunbar was a three-time state tournament participant for the Colts (2007, 2009-10).

Before heading to Central Ohio, though, the younger Dunbar will compete in the district semifinals Saturday at 9 a.m. His next opponent is Westlake senior Colton Buffington, who only lost five games in winning his first two matches at Oberlin.

Joining them in the semis are Chagrin Falls Kenston’s Nolan Marks and Cleveland St. Ignatius’ James Oliver. The top six finishers at Oberlin qualify for state.

The 2011 state tournament will be held on May 27-28 at Hilliard Davidson High. The event was moved from its usual home at Ohio State’s Stickney Tennis Center due to construction on campus.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.