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April 22, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Wisconsin, 5-2, in conference action Friday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 17-6 overall, 8-1 in Big Ten play, while the Badgers fell to 8-13 overall, 2-8 in league action. The OSU squad will be back in action against Northwestern Sunday in its final regular season match.

In doubles action, Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the match score after the tandem on the No. 3 court clinched the doubles point. The sophomore pair of Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) finished first for the Buckeyes after an 8-3 win over Badgers Steve Guntly and Jordan Raemisch at No. 2. The tandem of sophomore Joey Atas (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and freshman Drew Eberly (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) followed as the pair clinched the lone doubles point for OSU.

The junior duo of Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) fell in a hard fought tie-break, 9-8 (5), to Alex Kasarov and Lachezar Kasarov at the No. 1 spot. Green and Wilson, ranked No. 1 in the ITA Division I doubles poll, boast a 23-6 overall mark in doubles action this season.

In singles, the Buckeyes netted the next four points and clinched the match win at the No. 6 spot. Wilson put Ohio State’s second point on the board after a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Brian Ko. Wilson’s win was followed by a 6-3, 6-4 performance from Atas at the No. 3 position.

Junior Dennis Mertens (Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) captured the Buckeye win after he defeated Mark Weinig in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Mullings, who played the No. 1 singles spot, contributed the squad’s fifth and final point in a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Wisconsin’s two points came at the Nos. 2 and 4 spots as Ohio State’s Klingemann and Green each suffered losses.

After Ohio State’s finale Sunday at Northwestern, the squad travels April 28-May 1 for competition at the Big Ten Championship in Champaign, Ill. Shall the Buckeyes enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, the squad will receive a bye in the first round and face the No. 7/10 winner in second round action. Last season, the OSU squad finished second behind Illinois in league play and placed second at the Big Ten tournament after a 4-1 loss to the Illini in the championship match.

No. 24 Ohio State 5 Wisconsin 2

Singles 1. #56 Devin Mullings (OSU) def. Alex Kasarov (UW) 6-4, 6-4 2. Jeremy Sonkin (UW) def. Chris Klingemann (OSU) 7-6 (6), 6-4 3. #67 Joey Atas (OSU) def. Lachezar Kasarov (UW) 6-3, 6-4 4. Felipe Bellido (UW) def. Scott Green (OSU) 0-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (9) 5. Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Brian Ko (UW) 6-1, 6-4 6. Dennis Mertens (OSU) def Mark Weinig (UW) 6-4, 6-4 Order of finish: 5, 3, 6, 1, 4, 2

Doubles 1. A. Kasarov/L. Kasarov (UW) def. #1 Green/Wilson (OSU) 9-8 (5) 2. Klingemann/Mullings (OSU) def. Guntly/Raemisch (UW) 8-3 3. Atas/Eberly (OSU) def. Sonkin/Weinig (UW) 8-6 Order of finish: 2, 3, 1