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May 27, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Jeremy Wurtzman of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, advanced to the Round of 16 Thursday at the 2004 NCAA Singles Championship in Tulsa, Okla. Wurtzman, a three-time NCAA singles participant and the tournament’s No. 3 seed, defeated Texas Tech’s Jacob Paulsen, 6-4, 6-2, in first round action of the 64-player field. He then went on to capture a 6-4, 7-6 win over Indiana’s Jakub Praibis to advance to the Round of 16.

Wurtzman, 42-4 overall this season, will face Baylor’s Benjamin Becker Friday in Tulsa. This will mark the first time Wurtzman advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in his collegiate career. He suffered first round losses in 2002 and 2003.

The Buckeye tandem of Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy/Florida) defeated Washington’s Daniel Chu and Alex Vlaski, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship. Atas and Wurtzman, 26-8 this season, will face the Clemson duo of Jarmaine Jenkins and Nathan Thompson Friday in the Round of 16. Atas and Wurtzman are the first OSU doubles team to participate in NCAA competition since 1990.