Jan. 15, 2018
Buckeyes post solid back-to-back team performances and notch victories over Nebraska and Ole Miss to start 2018.
The Ohio State Rifle Team hosted two top 10 opponents in the University of Nebraska (No. 9) and the University of Mississippi (No. 10) on both Saturday and Sunday at Converse Hall.
Coach Ryan Tanoue was thrilled to jump back into competition with two top-ten match ups, “Having two top 10 teams here for a solid weekend of competition was definitely the way we wanted to get our spring chunk season underway. Overall, we had a solid two days of competition and I am very happy to see the performance level that we finished the fall with carry over into the new year.”
On Saturday, the Buckeyes posted a team score of 4690, besting the Huskers (4667) and Rebels (4667). The score of 4690 is the second highest of the season and the 5th highest in program history.
In smallbore Ohio State was led by freshman Elizabeth Dutton who fired a score of 583. She was closely followed by sophomore Jacob Buchanan who posted a score of 582. Sophomore Rhiann Travis (579), and seniors Drew Cheezum (576) and Mark Matheny (563) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Senior Josh Black led the way for the individual shooters with a score of 583. He was followed by sophomore Alli Kissell, juniors Quintin Wotring (573) and Bailey Urbach (569) and Brendan Whitaker (563). Paige Pruden (563), Mica Harr (560), Megan Wilcoxson (555), Jared Minor (550) and Patrick Sardo (529) rounded out individual team shooting.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes posted a solid team score of 2370 led by Drew Cheezum and Jacob Buchanan, both firing scores of 594. Elizabeth Dutton and Rhiann Travis both posted scores of 591 to follow, and Mark Matheny rounded out team scoring with a 588. Josh Black again led the way for the individuals, firing a career best score of 595. He was followed by Mica Harr (582), Jared Minor (579), Bailey Urbach (579), Megan Wilcoxson (578), Brendan Whitaker (577), Quintin Wotring (574), Alli Kissell (573), Patrick Sardo (571) and Paige Pruden (566).
On Sunday Ohio State fired a team score of 4682, besting Ole Miss (4669) and Nebraska (4660) once again.
In smallbore, the team fired a score of 2318 led by Elizabeth Dutton, who posted a score of 583 for the second straight day. She was followed by Drew Cheezum (581), Jacob Buchanan (578), Rhiann Travis (576) and Josh Black (574). Mark Matheny was the high individual scorer, posting a score of 577. He was followed by Bailey Urbach (573), Mica Harr (573), Paige Pruden (572), Brendan Whitaker (571), Quintin Wotring (567), Patrick Sardo (550), Jared Minor (550) and Wynn Lekhavanija (548).
In air rifle, the team posted a score of 2364 led by Jacob Buchanan who fired a score of 592. He was followed closely by Joshua Black and Drew Cheezum who fired 591s, while Rhiann Travis (590) and Elizabeth Dutton (586) rounded out team scoring. Mark Matheny was the top individual firing a score of 590. He was followed by Brendan Whitaker (585), Bailey Urbach (582), Mica Harr (581), Wynn Lekhavanija (581), Jared Minor (579), Quintin Wotring (577), Paige Pruden (572) and Patrick Sardo (566).
Coach Tanoue also gives his thoughts on the season moving forward, “We are moving into the final critical push of the regular season, and heading to TCU next weekend for another set of matches with several of the top teams in the country will be a great test for our team and another opportunity to keep moving forward and improve on our NCAA qualification average.”
Ohio State returns to action next weekend in Fort Worth, Texas with a pair of matches against TCU, Coast Guard and Air Force.