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Feb. 1, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State men’s tennis team fell, 5-2, to No. 21 Georgia Sunday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts in Athens, Ga. The Buckeyes fall to 4-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs improve to 2-0.

Ohio State took an early lead after clinching the doubles point. Senior co-captains Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy/Florida) and Brenton Contini (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) topped Georgia’s Matic Omerzel and Matias Ormaza 8-4 at the No. 2 position. At the No. 1 spot, the sophomore tandem of Scott Green (So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (So., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales), ranked No. 38, fell to Georgia’s fifth-ranked Bo Hodge and John Isner.

The doubles point came down to court No. 3. Ohio State’s Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) came back from a 6-2 deficit against Strahinia Bobusic and Richardo Gonzales and tied the match at 7. Atas and Mertens won back-to-back games taking the doubles point in a 9-7 decision.

The Buckeyes fought hard in singles competition, though were only able to pick up one point. The scored was tied 1-1 after Devin Mullings (Fr., Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) fell 6-3, 7-6 (5) to Isner at No. 4. The marquee event was at the No. 1 position where Wurtzman, ranked No. 1 in the country, faced No. 6 Hodge. Wurtzman gave up his first singles loss this season after Hodge won, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Wurtzman and Hodge squared off Nov. 9 in the finals at the ITA National Indoor Championship. Wurtzman defeated Hodge, 7-6 (9), 6-2, en route to the national title.

Chris Klingemann (Fr., Brandenton, Fla.) fell 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 position to Ormaza, which gave Georgia a 3-1 advantage. Atas put the Buckeyes second and final point on the board after he won 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 over Bobusic at No. 3. Wilson tried to pull through for Ohio State, though was not able to take the match. Georgia’s Omerzel defeated Wilson, 6-4, 6-4. Mertens closed out the match with a three-set loss to Gonzales.

Next up, Ohio State plays host to No. 24 Clemson Saturday, Feb. 7 at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus, Ohio. Match time is set for 5 p.m.

No. 21 Georgia- 5
No. 15 Ohio State- 2

Singles- 1) No. 6 Bo Hodge (UG) def. No. 1 Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 2) No. 54 Matias Ormaza (UG) def. Chris Klingemann 6-4, 6-3 3) Joey Atas (OSU) def. Strahinia Bobusic (UG) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 4) No. 97 John Isner (UG) def. Devin Mullings (OSU) 6-3, 7-6 (3) 5) Matic Omerzel (UG) def. Ross Wilson (OSU) 6-4, 6-4 6) Richardo Gonzales (UG) def. Dennis Mertens (OSU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10)

Doubles- 1) No. 5 Hodge/Isner (UG) def. No. 38 Scott Green/Wilson (OSU) 8-3 2) Brenton Contini/Wurtzman (OSU) def. Omerzel/Ormaza (UG) 8-4 3) Atas/Mertens (OSU) def. Bobusic/Gonzalez (UG) 9-7