Sept. 26, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 ranked Ohio State Rifle team started its 2016-17 season in Reno, Nev., over the weekend with a 4668-4661 win over No. 13 Nevada. The 4668 score was the highest opening match score in program history, beating the 4658 score from the opener last season.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a 2309 led by freshman Jacob Buchanan who got his Ohio State career started with a 579. Junior Drew Cheezum was just behind firing a 578 followed by fellow junior Josh Black (577), freshman Rhiann Travis (575) and junior Mark Matheny (570) who rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as individuals sophomores Michael Steinel and Quintin Wotring fired 579 and 576 respectively.
In air rifle, Ohio State fired a team score of 2359 led by Rhiann Travis and Drew Cheezum who both fired scores of 592. Josh Black fired a 590 while Jacob Buchanan (585) and Mark Matheny (583) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as individuals Michael Steinel and Quintin Wotring fired 584 and 576 respectively.
“Traveling over 2,000 miles to Reno and firing a team score of 4668 is exactly how we wanted to get our season underway,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “We have been training well but being under match conditions changes things quite a bit so I am glad that we were able to get our competition season underway with a solid performance against a quality conference opponent. Individually, we had moments of great performance combined with the knowledge that we have much to improve on, but the team knows that we need to maintain our perspective and keep our season goals in mind as we navigate the fall portion of the season which continues next weekend in Morgantown.”
The Buckeyes will compete against four-time defending NCAA Champion West Virginia in Morgantown, W.V., next Sunday, October 2.