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April 21, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 20 Ohio State men’s tennis team ended its regular-season with a loss to No. 3 Illinois, 7-0, Sunday afternoon in Champaign, Ill. The Buckeyes (20-3 overall, 9-1 Big Ten) could not hold the Fighting Illini (20-4, 10-0) from claiming the Big Ten champion title. OSU ended its regular-season undefeated at home for the first time in program history and ended with 17-consecutive wins, breaking the all-time record of 16 set last season.

The Buckeyes topped one doubles match, but it was not enough to win the doubles point. Adrian Bohane (So., West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes) and Paul Warkentin (Fr., Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos) pulled off a victory to No. 4 Amer Delic and Michael Calkins, 8-4, at the No. 1 position. Conor Casey (So., Ontario, Canada/Mississippi) and Jeremy Wurtzman (So., Rochester, N.Y./Florida) could not defeat Brian Wilson and Phil Stolt, 8-3. Brenton Contini (So., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Phil Metz (Jr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) also suffered a loss against Mike Kosta and Nathan Zeder, 8-3.

OSU could not stop Illinois’ four top ranked players in singles action. No. 27 Metz lost to No. 52 Wilson, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 1 position. No. 33 Wurtzman defeated No. 12 Delic, 6-4, in the first set but could not hold Delic in the second and third sets, 6-2, 6-4. Illinois’ Kosta clinched the match by defeating Casey, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 4 position. No. 114 Bohane was able to claim the win in the first set, but lost the next two sets against No. 67 Stolt. Warkentin’s 12-match winning streak was halted by No. 87 Calkins, 6-3, 6-0. Vince Ng (Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/University School) suffered his second loss this season against Nathan Zeder, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 6 position.

Next time out, the Buckeyes return home to host the 2002 Big Ten Championships in Columbus April 25-28 at Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting.

# 3 Illinois 7 #20 Ohio State 0

Singles
No. 1 # 52 Brian Wilson (ILL) def. #27 Phil Metz (OSU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 # 12 Amer Delic (ILL) def. #33 Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 # 67 Phil Stolt (ILL) def. #114 Adrian Bohane (OSU) 6-7, 6-4, 6-0
No. 4 Mike Kosta (ILL) def. Conor Casey (OSU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 # 87 Michael Calkins (ILL) def. Paul Warkentin (OSU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 Nathan Zeder (ILL) def. Vince Ng (OSU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles
No. 1 Bohane/Warkentin (OSU) def. #4 Amer Delic/Michael Calkins (ILL) 8-4
No. 2 Brian Wilson/Phil Stolt (ILL) def. Casey/Wurtzman (OSU) 8-3
No. 3 Mike Kosta/Nathan Zeder (ILL) def. Brenton Contini/Metz (OSU) 8-3