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Nov. 9, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.), a senior on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, claimed the ITA National Indoors title after defeating Georgia’s Bo Hodge, the No. 2 player in the nation, 7-6 (9), 6-2, in the final round Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Wurtzman is the first Buckeye in program history to capture a national tournament crown.

Wurtzman trailed 5-1 in the first set when Hodge double faulted. Wurtzman won six of the next seven games forcing the set tiebreaker, which he won, 11-9. Wurtzman dominated in the second set, 6-2, en route to the national title.

Wurtzman, ranked No. 20 (Sept. 3 preseason polls), defeated three of the Top 10 players in the nation, No. 2 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 recently captured the 2003 Midwest Regional title Oct. 28 in East Lansing, Mich.

Next up, the men’s tennis squad travels Nov. 15-17 to the Big Ten Singles Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.