For Josh and Sam Gearou, the third time was the charm in their friendly doubles rivalry with two Elk teammates.
The eighth-grade identical twins defeated juniors Mitchel Brandell and Ryan Ness 7-5, 6-2 on Friday for the Class AA doubles consolation championship of the state tournament at the U of M.
The Gearou’s, who last year reached the state semifinals as seventh-graders, lost to Brandell and Ness in both sub-section and sectionals, and went to state as section runners-up.
Both teams lost in the first round of state Thursday and won in the consolation bracket (reported previously). On Friday. the Gearou’s beat Chisago Lakes’ Brett Lizotte and Johannes Rau 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the consolation finals while Brandell and Ness tripped Forest Lake’s Zachary Decker and Brett Gravelle 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
Martin Beck and Luke Ellfson of Minneapolis South were the doubles champions.
Dusty Boyer of Forest Lake was singles champion, beating Eric Frueh of Rochester Century in the finals.