MADISON, Wis. – Cornell wound up seventh out of 10 teams at the Midwest Conference Men's Tennis Singles & Doubles Championships over the weekend at Nielsen Tennis Center.
The Rams scored 26 points during the two-day event, which featured singles competition on Saturday and doubles matches on Sunday.
All six of Cornell's singles competitors won at least one match in their respective draws, although senior Justin Bradfield was the lone Ram to reach the semifinals. Bradfield, playing at No. 2 singles, won by default in the opening round and then scored a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 quarterfinal win over Carroll's Kevin Rasmussen.
Bradfield's run ended in a 6-0, 6-0 semifinal loss to eventual champion David Johnson of Monmouth. Bradfield closed a strong singles campaign at 16-5 overall.
Junior Joseph Gelfand also finished 2-1 in the No. 3 singles flight. He rebounded for two wins after battling Monmouth champion David Stewart in a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 quarterfinal loss. Gelfand beat St. Norbert's Nick Acosta, 8-6, followed by an 8-0 shutout of Lake Forest's Anthony Mykhaylovskyy in the consolation final.
Garrett Russikoff (No. 1), Ben Williamson (No. 4), Thomas Weiss (No. 5) and Tyler Shonkwiler (No. 6) all finished 1-1 in singles.
Weiss and Williamson led the Rams in doubles competition, recording a 2-1 mark in the No. 3 flight. They fell 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals to the championship tandem from Grinnell. Cornell's pair earned an 8-2 consolation semifinal win and then beat Monmouth, 8-4, in the consolation final.
Bradfield and Shonkwiler went 1-1 at No. 2 doubles. Russikoff and Gelfand dropped two matches in the No. 1 flight.
Cornell concluded the 2012-13 season with a 12-6 dual mark, led by senior starters Russikoff, Bradfield and Shonkwiler. Russikoff leaves as the program's all-time wins leader at 116-93. Bradfield climbed to fifth place on the career wins list at 90-103. Shonkwiler contributed a 63-58 career record.