Edina's Matthew Fullerton celebrated success in the Class 2A boys' singles final. (David Joles, Star Tribune)
Even before Friday, Edina junior Matthew Fullerton had already played a lot of tennis at the Class 2A boys’ state tournament at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center this week.
He played three matches on Tuesday and Wednesday in the team portion of the meet to help Edina reach the championship match. On Thursday in the individual portion of the state meet, he played two matches — one a three-setter — in the first round and quarterfinals.
Fullerton concluded his exhausting and rewarding state tournament with two lengthy matches on Friday.
After a long two-set victory — which took nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes — in the semifinals, Fullerton outlasted Wayzata junior Collin Beduhn 7-6 (3), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3) in the 2A championship match.
The match lasted 4 hours, 13 minutes.
“I don’t know how many hours of tennis he played this week,” Edina coach Gary Aasen said.
Fullerton said the victory was satisfying, “especially after losing in the championship match [to Mounds View’s Bjorn Swenson] last year.”
Friday’s meting was the second of the season for the Lake Conference foes. Beduhn won the first 6-3, 6-3.
The 6-foot-7 Beduhn, who was unbeaten going into the state tournament, has a serve that registered over 130 mph on the scoreboard.
“It gets a little annoying when he keeps getting those serves in,” Fullerton said.
Aasen said Fullerton handled the challenge well.
“Matthew’s return is his strength,” he said . “We told him to hang on.”
Fullerton withstood two set points in the first set as he rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie the set 6-6 and then win the tiebreaker 7-3. That was the first set that Beduhn had lost this season.
Fullerton led in the back-and-forth second set, 6-5, before Beduhn tied the set 6-6. In the tie-breaker, Beduhn withstood two match points and won the final three points to win 9-7.
Trailing 3-2 in the third set, Fullerton won three straight games to take a 5-3 lead. Beduhn won the next three games to take a 6-5 lead. Fullerton won the next game to force another tiebreaker. Leading 3-2 in the tiebreaker, Fullerton won four consecutive points to close out the victory.
“He didn’t flinch,” Aasen said.
In the semifinals Friday morning, Fullerton defeated Eagan’s Allen Gong 7-5, 6-4 while Beduhn defeated St. Paul Harding’s Ashton Adesoro 6-4, 6-1.
In the Class 2A doubles championship, Orono’s Matias Maule and Sam Skanse defeated Tej Bhagra and Spencer Busch of Rochester Mayo 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. On Wednesday, Maule and Skanse helped Orono to a 4-3 victory over Edina for the Class 2A team championship.
In the Class 1A tournament at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center, Mounds Park Academy junior Evan Fraser defeated Osakis junior Isaac Murdock 6-3, 6-1 for the 1A singles championship.
In the Class 1A doubles final, Dylan Hahn and Jack Onkka of Thief River Falls defeated Ethan Leeser and Frederick Suhler of Rochester Lourdes 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-3.