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April 27, 2002%^$

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%^$%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-Minnesota, the No. 3 seed in the 2002 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 2 Ohio State, 4-3, Saturday at the Stickney Tennis Center and Jesse Owens West Recreation Center to advance to the championship match Sunday.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes started the match by winning the doubles point. Jeremy Wurtzman and Vince Ng combined at the No. 3 doubles position to defeat Alex Zharinov and Avery Ticer, 8-5. OSU’s Adrian Bohane and Paul Warkentin lost to Harsh Mankad and Thomas Haug. Brenton Contini and Phil Metz scored the doubles point against Minnesota’s Manuel Lievano and Reed Stephens, 8-6, at the No. 2 spot.%^$

%^$The singles matches started outdoors at the Stickney Tennis Center but play was suspended because of inclement weather. The match was forced indoors to the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center.%^$

%^$Ohio State started with the singles matches on top. OSU’s Wurtzman upset Mankad, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot and Metz downed Haug, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 2 spot giving OSU its second and third points of the match.%^$

%^$But, the Gophers rebounded with four singles wins at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6. Chris Wettengel earned the match-winning point at No. 5 singles for Minnesota. He defeated Ohio State’s Vince Ng, 7-6(5), 7-6(5), to end the match. Zharinov defeated Bohane, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Lievano defeated Casey, 6-1, 7-6(1). Ticer defeated Warkentin, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.%^$

%^$ “I never thought we would win the doubles point and the Nos. 1 and 2 singles positions and still not win the match,” Ty Tucker, Ohio State head coach, said. “The guys played a good, hard match today.”%^$

%^$Minnesota will face Illinois (the No. 1 seed) at noon in championship match Sunday at Stickney Tennis Center, weathering permitting. If played indoors, the Gophers will play at noon at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center on the Ohio State campus.%^$

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(2) Ohio State 4 (21-4, 10-2)%^$(3) Minnesota 3 (16-6, 9-5)%^$

%^$Singles **
%^$(1) Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) (31-12, 8-2) def. Harsh Mankad (Minn) 6-4, 6-1
%^$(2) Phil Metz (OSU) (19-9, 7-3) vs. Thomas Haug (Minn) 6-4, 6-1
%^$(3) Alex Zharinov (Minn) def. Adrian Bohane (OSU) (24-14, 6-4) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
%^$(4) Manuel Lievano (Minn) def. Conor Casey (OSU) (14-12, 5-5) 6-1, 7-6(1)
%^$(5) Chris Wettengel (Minn) def. Vince Ng (OSU) (38-6, 9-1) 7-6
(5), 7-6(5)
%^$(6) Avery Ticer (Minn) def. Paul Warkentin (OSU)(25-7, 9-1) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
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%^$Doubles **
%^$(1) Mankad/Haug (Minn) def. Bohane/Warkentin (OSU) (13-8, 6-4) 8-6
%^$(2) Casey/Wurtzman (OSU) (17-6, 8-2) def. Lievano/Stephens (Minn) 8-6
%^$(3) Contini/Metz (OSU) (12-4, 8-1) def. Zharinov/Ticer (Minn) 8-5
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%^$** Records entering Big Ten Tournament.%^$