Edgewood high school alums power Edgewood College men’s tennis
Edgewood College didn’t even have a men’s tennis team until 2010, but head coach Ben Oestreich said he took over the new program full of excitement.
“There are no bad habits and you can establish that winning culture,” Oestreich said.
Eventually, Oestreich got Edgewood High School alumni and former doubles state champions Pat Lagman and Austin Papenthiem to join the program.
“Those two would be the best players on any team in our conference,” Oestreich said.
Papenthiem and Lagman took the road less traveled to Edgewood College. They both dropped out of their respective schools after just a semester. Both returned home to Madison to work; and tennis kept them in touch.
Remarkably, five years after winning that state high school championship, the two reunited at Edgewood College. This spring, they led the Eagles to an undefeated conference record. Lagman still can’t believe how it all panned out.
“It’s definitely bizarre and funny,” Lagman said. “I just start laughing, because the road to playing doubles again; there’s definitely bumps.”
This weekend, the two lead Edgewood in their conference tournament, hoping to win it for the first time.
The tournament will be held Saturday afternoon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.