The Philomath High School boys tennis team placed third in the four-school Oregon Espicopal Invitational Saturday in Portland and individually, junior Dawson Beckstead won all three of his matches in a tournament bracket with No. 1 and No. 2 players.
Beckstead rolled in straight sets in his first match but went to tiebreakers to defeat opponents in his second and third matches. Beckstead beat Lucas Fransson of Marist Catholic, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 and in the finale, defeated Eric Langlois of Hood River Valley, 6-0, 3-6, 10-6.
Senior Dylan Bell also competed in the top singles bracket and went 1-1. Bell won his first match by a 7-5, 6-3 margin but lost in his next match to Langlois, 6-1, 6-0.
Senior Mark Grimmer won two of three matches in the Nos. 3-4 bracket. Grimmer defeated his first opponent in straight sets and then beat Oregon Episcopal’s Lucien Dao in a thriller, 7-6, 3-6, 12-10. Grimmer then dropped a straight set match to OES’s Cameron Getz.
Sophomore Andrew Leonard won his first match in a competitive meeting with a Hood River Valley player, 6-4, 7-6, but lost his second match in straight sets.
In doubles, junior Teddy Benbow and senior Noah Aynes won two of three matches. The duo lost its first match in a three-set marathon, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8, but regrouped to beat two sets of opponents from Hood River Valley.
Sophomore Gradin Fairbanks and senior Braedon Littrell lost their two matches. In the Nos. 3-4 bracket, the teams of sophomore Sawyer Ainsworth and freshman Jackson Holroyd, and sophomore Owen Thomas and sophomore Osvaldo Garcia-Bazan each lost two matches.
In the team standings, Oregon Episcopal won with 23 points, followed by Marist Catholic with 23, Philomath with 16 and Hood River Valley with nine.
The Warriors hit the courts again on Monday with a jaunt over to South Albany.