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April 26, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio State, the No. 2 seed in the 2002 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 10 Wisconsin 4-3 Friday at the Stickney Tennis Center to advance to the semifinals Saturday.

The Badgers started the match by winning the doubles point. Scott Green and Scott Rutherford defeated OSU’s Adrain Bohane and Paul Warkentin, 8-0, at the No. 1 position. Alex Kasarov and David Hippee defeated OSU’s Brenton Contini and Phil Metz, 8-6, at the No. 3 position.

The Buckeyes rebounded with four singles wins at Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6. Junior Phil Metz earned the match-winning point at No. 2 singles for Ohio State. He defeated Wisconsin’s Scott Rutherford 7-5, 6-1 to end the match. Adrian Bohane defeated Alex Kasarov of Wisconsin at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-2. Vince Ng defeated The Badgers’ Scott Green at No. 5 6-0, 6-1 and Paul Warkentin won at No. 6 singles over UW’s Jason Gonzaga 7-5, 6-0.

“We were fortunate to come out with the win in this match,” Ty Tucker, Ohio State head coach, said. “We need to come out more focused tomorrow in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.”

Ohio State will face the winner of the Minnesota (No. 3 seed) and Michigan (6) afternoon match in semifinal competition Saturday. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. If played indoors, the Buckeyes will play at 4 p.m. at the Jesse Owens West tennis facility on the Ohio State campus.

(2) Ohio State 4 (21-3, 10-1) (10) Wisconsin 3 (9-13, 3-9)

Singles **
(1) Danny Westerman (WIS) (14-6, 7-3) def. Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) (31-12, 8-2 ) 7-5, 6-4
(2) Phil Metz (OSU) (19-9, 7-3) def. Scott Rutherford (WIS) (12-8, 5-5) 7-5, 6-1
(3) Adrian Bohane (OSU) (24-14, 6-4) def. Alex Kasarov (WIS) (7-13, 4-6) 6-3, 6-2
(4) David Hippee (WIS) (6-14, 3-7) def. Conor Casey (OSU) (14-12, 5-5) 6-4, 6-1
(5) Vince Ng (OSU) (38-6, 9-1) def. Scott Green (WIS) (7-12, 2-8) 6-0, 6-1
(6) Paul Warkentin (OSU) (25-7, 9-1) def. Jason Gonzaga (WIS) (3-8, 1-3) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles **
(1) Green/Rutherford (WIS) (12-8, 6-4) def. Bohane/Warkentin (OSU) (13-8, 6-4) 8-0
(2) Casey/Wurtzman (OSU) (17-6, 8-2) vs. Baker/Westerman (WIS) (8-3, 6-1) Abandoned
(3) Kasarov/Hippee (WIS) (2-6, 0-4) def. Contini/Metz (OSU) (12-4, 8-1) 8-6

** Records entering Big Ten Tournament.