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Nov. 25, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – Buckeye seniors Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.) and Brenton Contini (Sr., Dover, Ohio) were selected captains of the Ohio State men’s tennis team for 2003-04, Ty Tucker, head coach, announced Tuesday.

Wurtzman became the first Buckeye in history to claim a national tournament title after he won the ITA National Indoor Championship, Nov. 9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Wurtzman, ranked No. 20 (Sept. 3 preseason polls), defeated three of the Top 10 players in the nation at the national indoors, No. 2 Bo Hodge, No. 5 Florida’s Janne Holmia and No. 6 Chad Harris of Vanderbilt.

Wurtzman, on an 11-match win streak, is 14-1 in tournament play this season, extending his career singles record to 104-41, including a 24-16 record as a freshman at Florida. He captured the 2003 Midwest Regional title Oct. 28 in East Lansing, Mich. Wurtzman’s stellar fall performance is expected to give him a top national ranking in the polls.

Contini holds a 40-23 career singles mark and is 3-3 in tournament play this season. He holds the No. 14 spot for career doubles wins in Ohio State program history. Contini posts a 58-31 career doubles record in three years as a Buckeye.

During Contini’s junior campaign, he went 18-11 in singles and was undefeated at the No. 6 position with seven wins. Contini held a 7-7 mark at the No. 5 spot and was 1-0 at No. 4. He compiled a 15-7 singles record in duals and was 5-3 against Big Ten opponents.