Jan. 25, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle Team traveled to El Paso, Texas for a pair of matches against UTEP over the weekend.
On Saturday the Buckeyes defeated the Miners by a score of 4667 to 4577 and on Sunday, the team downed UTEP again, 4682 to 4550.
In smallbore on Saturday, Ohio State fired a team score of 2307 led by senior Remington Lyman and sophomore Drew Cheezum, who both fired scores of 582. Sophomore Mark Matheny (579), junior Anthony Cuozzo (564) and freshman Michael Steinel (557) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
In air rifle, Ohio State fired a team record score of 2360 led by a career best 594 from sophomore Mark Matheny. Senior Remington Lyman was close behind with a 590 followed by Anthony Cuozzo (589), Drew Cheezum (587) and Michael Steinel (580).
On Sunday the Buckeyes fired a 4682 which is the second highest score in program history behind only the 4684 fired at West Virginia earlier this season.
Remington Lyman led the way in smallbore with a season best equaling score of 584. Freshman Michael Steinel fired a 578 while Mark Matheny (577), Drew Cheezum (574) and Anthony Cuozzo (567) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as an individual, junior Deanna Binnie equaled her personal best with a score of 584.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes fired a team record score for the second consecutive day, this time posting a score of 2369. Remington finished his impressive day by firing an individual program record score of 596, besting his own previous team record fired during the 2013-14 season. Contributing to the record score, three other Buckeyes posted scores over 590 including Anthony Cuozzo (592), Drew Cheezum (591) and Mark Matheny (590). Michael Steinel was just short with a 589. Firing as individuals sophomore Josh Black fired a score of 586 while Junior Deanna Binnie fired a 585.
Lyman’s combined aggregate score of 1180 (584 smallbore, 596 air rifle) also equaled the program record score set during the 2010 season by 2012 Olympian Amanda Furrer.
“It was definitely a hugely successful weekend for us at UTEP,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “To be able to have back to back team record scores in air rifle was hugely satisfying for the team and without a doubt our Sunday performance in air rifle was the best top to bottom team effort that we have ever produced. Firing a 4682 team score was also a boost to our NCAA qualification average and I feel it was a great accomplishment for the team to be able to continue to increase our average as we move into the home stretch of the season.”
“Looking forward I know that we have several areas where we would like to see improvement especially in smallbore, but as we get down to the final few matches of the season we have put ourselves in a great position to accomplish our team goals and this is something that I am very proud of,” Tanoue continued. “We will get back to work over the next few days before we compete here against Nebraska on Sunday.”
Ohio State returns to action this Sunday, January 31st against Nebraska at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie