Tennis: Elks’ Gearou twins, Chanthamontry qualify for state

Elk River will have a singles and doubles entrant in the state tennis tournament, along with the full team that had already qualified.

Josh Gearou placed second in singles in Section 7AA while his twin Sam Gearou teamed with Nathan Chanthamontry and won the doubles title.

Josh Gearou
Josh Gearou

The Elks (25-3) will play in team competition Tuesday and Wednesday, after which singles and doubles competition will be held Thursday and Friday, at the University of Minnesota.

Josh Gearou (20-3 in singles) defeated Princeton’s Thomas Mayerchak 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals Tuesday at Princeton. He lost to Forest Lake’s Toby Boyer 6-2, 6-2 in the finals, then had to play a true-second match, in which he beat Duluth East’s Elliott Schneider 6-0, 6-0.

The Gearou/Chanthamontry duo beat Chisago Lakes’ Thomas Gillach and Shemus Sullivan 6-2, 6-2, then beat their teammates Jordan Haack and Tyler Creelman 6-1, 6-0 in the finals.

Haack/Creelman had to play a true-second and lost to Gillach/Shemus 6-2, 6-3.

Josh Gearou qualified in singles for the second straight year. He was 1-1 at state last year. Sam Gearou placed fourth in doubles last year with Josh Chuba, going 2-2. This is Chanthamontry’s first time qualifying individually.