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April 26, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s tennis team heads to Minneapolis, Minn., this weekend to begin play in the 2006 Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes enter Big Ten Conference tournament play as the No. 1 seed, a first in program history.

Ohio State is 22-1 overall and finished 10-0 in regular season league play. The Buckeyes will open the conference tournament Friday against the winner of the (No. 8 seed) Wisconsin vs. (No. 9) Purdue match Thursday. Ohio State’s league title this year is the fifth for the Buckeyes in program history (1912-present), the last was the 2001 Big Ten Conference Tournament title.

Ohio State has won 20 or more matches in six-consecutive seasons under head coach Ty Tucker, who has guided the Buckeyes to NCAA team tournament play in each of his six seasons as the Ohio State head coach. The Buckeyes are likely to make the program’s seventh-consecutive appearance, all under Tucker, this year.

A SEASON TO REMEMBER
At 22-1, Ohio State had its best regular season in program history. OSU’s 22-1 record this year includes a nine-match win streak to start the season and its current 13-match win streak.

BIG TEN
Ohio State clinched the outright regular season Big Ten title Sunday by defeating Wisconsin 6-1. OSU capped a perfect conference regular season by going 10-0.

In that stretch, OSU beat then-No. 5 Illinois 5-2 to snap the Illini stranglehold on the Big Ten. Illinois had not lost a regular season conference match since 1997. The streak lasted 86 matches and included eight regular season Big Ten titles. Their only loss to a conference opponent during that streak was to Ohio State in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament title match. The 2006 title is the Buckeyes’ fifth in conference history. The last title came in 2001 when OSU beat Illinois in the Big Ten tournament championship game. The 2006 championship is Ty Tucker’s second in seven years as head coach of the Buckeyes. Tucker has an overall record of 150-42 and is 69-16 in the Big Ten.

DOUBLES RANKED NO. 1
The OSU tandem of seniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson are ranked No. 1 in the ITA Division I doubles polls released April 25. Green and Wilson are 27-2 overall, and 21-1 in dual matches this season. The duo posted a fall tournament record of 6-1. Green and Wilson became only the third doubles team in NCAA history to win three national championships. The Buckeye combination claimed the 2004 Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships and both the 2004 and 2005 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. The back-to-back indoor titles are a first in the 27-year history of the event.

WISCONSIN BADGERS
Wisconsin finished the season 10-11 overall and 3-7 in the Big Ten. The three conference wins is the most since 2001. Wisconsin finished 2-8 the last four seasons.

Jeremy Sonkin leads the Badgers with a 15-6 record, and is 8-2 at home this season. Sonkin was named Co-Big Ten player of the week along with OSU’s Devin Mullings April 12.

BUCKEYES VS. BADGERS
Ohio State is riding a nine-match win streak against the Badgers. The last Wisconsin win against OSU came during the 1998-99 season in Madison by a score of 6-1. OSU beat Wisconsin on the last day of the 2006 regular season, April 23, to clinch the Big Ten outright title

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue is 8-13 on the year and 3-7 in the Big Ten. Five losses have come against teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 50. The Boilermakers lost to No. 47 Rice (6-1), No. 37 Texas Tech (6-1), No. 28 Notre Dame (6-1), No. 19 Kentucky (5-2), and No. 2 Illinois (6-1).

Purdue is led by Colin Foster. Foster has a record of 10-15 and is 5-7 from the No. 1 singles spot. P.J. Rose is 12-8 on the year. Patrick Rose and Eric Hodgman are the No. 31 doubles team in the country and have a record of 12-5.

BUCKEYES VS. BOILERMAKERS
Ohio State holds the edge over Purdue with a 64-18 record that includes a seven-match win streak dating back to 1998-99. The last Boilermaker win over the Buckeyes (4-3) was during the 1998-99 season. OSU beat the Boilermakers April 1 (7-0) to improve its Big Ten record to 3-0.

LAST TIME OUT
Then-No. 7 Ohio State collected a pair of victories over No. 61 Northwestern (7-0) April 22 and Wisconsin (6-1) April 23 to finish the regular season at 22-1, 10-0 in the Big Ten.

THE PLAYERS CLUB
OSU has had five athletes named Big Ten Player of the Week, including three in consecutive weeks.

Senior Scott Green was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week April 25. Green is the fifth Buckeye to be named POW. It is the first career award for Green. He is 32-3 in doubles on the year and ranked No. 1 in the nation with Ross Wilson. The pair is 27-2.

Junior Devin Mullings was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week April 12. It is the second career award for Mullings, who also received the award April 20, 2005. Mullings was the third consecutive Buckeye to named Player of the Week.

Senior Ross Wilson was named the POW April 5. It is the first weekly conference award for Wilson, who is 21-6 on the year in singles.

Junior Chris Klingemann was named the POW March 29. It was the first weekly conference award for Klingemann, who is 22-6 on the year in singles.

Freshman Steven Moneke named the POW for the week of March 6. It is the first weekly conference honor for Moneke, who is 16-6 on the year.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Ohio State has won the doubles point in each of its 23 dual matches this season. Ross Wilson and Scott Green have a 21-1 dual match record, all coming at the No. 1 doubles spot.

HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State has won 40-consecutive home matches. The streak extends back to the 2003 season.

SEVERAL BUCKEYES MAKE MOVE IN OHIO STATE RECORD BOOK
Ross Wilson earned his 102nd doubles win Feb. 26 to become the Buckeyes’ all-time career leader. Wilson now has 113 career doubles victories. Owning a 30-3 doubles record this year, Wilson has teamed with classmate Scott Green to compile a 27-2 mark. Green has 112 career wins to rank second all-time in OSU career doubles wins. Green is 32-3 this year with Wilson (27-2) and Dominic Ozanne (6-1).

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes have four singles players ranked in the Top 115. Freshman Bryan Koniecko is No. 40 nationally, followed by junior Chris Klingemann at No. 99, freshman Steven Moneke at No. 103 and junior Devin Mullings at No. 118. Klingemann is 22-6, Mullings has a record of 24-9, while Koniecko is 20-12 and Moneke is 16-6 in their rookie seasons.

NO. 300
Ohio State defeated Purdue 7-0 April 1 to earn its 300th Big Ten win.

VS. THE BIG TEN
Ohio State is 307-357-2 vs. Big Ten Conference opponents. The Buckeyes have winning records against Iowa (26-21), Penn State (14-5) and Purdue (64-18).

JUST WIN, BABY
OSU’s 22-1 season record marks the 12th time the Buckeyes have recorded at least 20 wins in a season. Head coach Ty Tucker has guided the Buckeyes to six 20-win seasons, including the current campaign. The most wins OSU ever recorded in a single season was 27 in 1988.

2001-A TENNIS ODYSSEY
2001 was a notable year for the Buckeyes. OSU posted a .862 winning percentage, the best in school history prior to this seasons .957 winning percentage. Ohio State’s record that year was 25-4. The record for consecutive victories in a season also was broken that year when the Buckeyes reeled off 17 wins in a row. OSU is riding a 13-match win streak this year.

NOTING THE BUCKEYES
Drew Eberly has a doubles record of 18-2 with Bryan Koniecko this season … has a 7-0 record with Koniecko at the No. 3 doubles spot … went 9-1 in Big Ten doubles play … went 11-2 at the No. 2 doubles spot with Koniecko.

Scott Green is part of the No. 1 doubles team in the nation with Ross Wilson in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released April 25 … has a 27-2 record with Wilson this season … is 21-1 at the No. 1 dual spot with Wilson … went 10-0 in Big Ten play, all at the No. 1 spot … was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the week April 26 … ranks second all-time on the career doubles wins list with 112 … won the ITA All-American Indoor National Championships Nov. 6 for the second consecutive year with Wilson … has defeated three doubles teams (with Wilson) ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the match … was the third national championship of his career, becoming just the third doubles team in NCAA history to win three national titles … has an overall doubles record of 32-3 on the year … is 6-1 this season with Dominic Ozanne … an ITA All-American last season.

Chris Klingemann is 9-2 at the No. 1 singles spot this season … is 15-4 in singles dual play this season … went 8-2 in singles in the Big Ten this year … was named the Big Ten Player of the Week March 29 … is 26-6 in doubles play this season … is 20-2 with Devin Mullings … is 13-0 at the No. 3 doubles spot with Mullings … is 5-1 at the No. 2 doubles spot with Mullings … is 16-1 in dual matches with Mullings … went 10-0 in Big Ten doubles matches this season with Mullings.

Bryan Koniecko is 20-12 in singles this season … is currently ranked No. 40 in the latest ITA national rankings released April 25 … is 12-6 in dual play … is 6-1 at the No. 3 singles spot this year … is 6-4 at the No. 2 singles spot this season … advanced to the semi-finals of the Big Ten Indoor Championships … has a doubles record of 21-5 … is 18-2 with Drew Eberly … has a 7-0 record with Eberly at the No. 3 doubles spot … went 9-1 in Big Ten doubles play … went 11-2 at the No. 2 doubles spot with Eberly

Dennis Mertens has a 25-6 singles record on the year … is a combined 10-0 at the Nos. 4 and 5 singles spots … has a 16-3 dual match singles record … went 10-0 in Big Ten singles play … is one win shy of catching Richard Berry at No. 12 on the OSU all-time career singles wins list with 81 … is 5-1 in doubles this season.

Steven Moneke was named the Big Ten Player of the Week March 6 … is 16-6 in singles on the year … went 6-1 in singles in the Big Ten this season … is 6-2 at the No. 4 singles spot … is 11-6 in dual matches in singles this year … is 3-0 in doubles this season.

Devin Mullings has a 24-9 singles record this season … is 8-1 at the No. 2 singles spot this year … is 7-0 at the No. 3 singles spot … is 16-5 in dual play this season … went 10-0 in Big Ten singles play this year …was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the week April 12 … advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Regionals … is tied with Lior Rusinek (1979-82) for No. 15 on the OSU all-time singles win list with 76 … is 22-3 in doubles play this season … is 20-2 with Chris Klingemann … is 13-0 at the No. 3 doubles spot with Klingemann … is 5-1 at the No. 2 doubles spot with Klingemann … is 16-1 in dual matches with Klingemann … went 10-0 in Big Ten doubles matches this season with Klingemann.

Ross Wilson is part of the No. 1 doubles team in the nation with Scott Green in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released April 25 … has a 27-2 record with Green this season … is 21-1 at the No. 1 dual spot with Green … went 10-0 in Big Ten play, all at the No. 1 spot … was named the Big Ten Player of the Week April 5 … is the career leader for all-time doubles wins list with 113 … won the ITA All-American Indoor National Championships Nov. 6 for the second consecutive year with Green … has defeated three doubles teams ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the match with Green … was the third national championship of his career, becoming just the third doubles team in NCAA history to win three national titles … is 30-3 in doubles overall this year, went 3-1 with Bryan Koniecko … is 21-6 in singles this year … has a 11-1 record at the No. 5 spot this season … is 5-0 at the No. 6 spot … is 16-3 in dual matches this season … has 85 career singles wins to rank No. 11 on the all-time OSU list, two wins shy of No. 10 Doug Bloom (1993-96).