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Feb. 24, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 27 men’s tennis team shut out Penn State, 7-0, in the Big Ten Conference opener Sunday at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes, 7-3 (1-0 in the Big Ten) on the season, extended its perfect home record to 7-0. The Nittany Lions dropped to 3-2 and 0-1 in conference play. In the 2001-02, Ohio State also swept Penn State, 7-0. The Buckeyes hold the series lead over the Lions, 11-5.

In doubles action, the Buckeyes claimed the doubles point after sweeping the Nittany Lions at all three slots. Conor Casey (Jr., Ontario, Canada) and Ross Wilson (Fr., Toledo, Ohio) extended their perfect record to 4-0 at the No. 1 slot. Jeremy Wurtzman (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) and Scott Green (Fr., North Canton, Ohio) defeated Penn State’s Matt Frakes and Brad Nudell, 8-2. The Ohio State tandem of Wurtzman and Green advanced to 6-1 at court two. Vince Ng (Sr., Broadview Heights, Ohio) and Brenton Contini (Jr., Dover, Ohio) closed out the doubles portion with an 8-6 victory over Mark Barry and Nate Emge. Ng and Contini have an 8-2 record in doubles play.

Ng, ranked No. 45 in the country, advanced his 2002-03 singles record to 26-4. Ng’s win at the No. 2 singles slot leaves him 10 wins shy of setting an Ohio State record for career singles wins. Ng defeated Penn State’s Barry, 7-6, (7-5), 6-2. Ng is 6-1 at the No. 2 position. Wurtzman, ranked an Ohio State record high of No. 7 in the country, increased his 2003 duals record to 8-2 with a concrete, 6-2, 6-2, victory over Emge at No. 1 singles.

Contini and Wilson continued their perfect 2003 duals record. After a tight, 7-6, (7-5), 6-1, win against PSU’s Todd Stecko, Contini moved to 7-0 in duals. Wilson held strong on court six with a win over Clint Keithly, 6-4, 6-3. He is 5-0 in duals to start his freshman campaign.

Casey and Dennis Mertens (Fr., Braaschatt, Belgium) broke their losing streak with wins at the Nos. 3 and 4 spots. Casey defeated Penn State’s Roddy Cantey, 6-3, 6-4. He snapped a 4-match losing streak and currently is 5-4 in duals. Mertens clutched a victory over Frakes, 6-2, 6-3, and holds a duals record of 3-5.

Next up, Ohio State will play host to Maryland at 11 a.m. and Cleveland State at 6 p.m., Feb. 28 at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes will face Indiana State at noon, March 1 at the West Recreation Center.

#27 Ohio State 7 Penn State 0

Singles- 1) # 7 Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) def. Nate Emge 6-2, 6-2 2) #45 Vince Ng (OSU) def. Mark Barry 7-6, (7-5), 6-2 3) Conor Casey (OSU) def. Roddy Cantey 6-3, 6-4 4) Dennis Mertens (OSU) def. Matt Frakes 6-2, 6-3 5) Brenton Contini (OSU) vs. Todd Stecko 7-6, (7-5), 6-1 6) Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Clint Keithly 6-4, 6-3

Doubles- 1) Casey/Wilson (OSU) def. Cantey/Keithly 8-5 2) Green/Wurtzman (OSU) def. Frakes/Nudell 8-2 3) Contini/Ng (OSU) def. Barry/Emge 8-6