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Feb. 23, 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 seven. The Nittany Lions dropped its record to 3-2 and 0-1 in conference play. 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 on all three courts. Conor Casey (Jr., Ontario, Canada) and Ross Wilson (Fr., Toledo, Ohio) extended their perfect 4-0 record 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 a 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 slot pushes his career singles record countdown to 10 wins. Ng defeated Penn State’s Barry, 7-6, (7-5), 6-2 and has a 6-1 record 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.

Contini and Wilson continue their perfect 2003 duals record. After the tight, 7-6, (7-5), 6-1, win against Todd Stecko, Contini holds a solid record of 7-0 in duals. Wilson held strong on court six with a win over Clint Keithley, 6-4, 6-3. He highlights his freshman start at 5-0 in duals. 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 had a 4-match losing deficit 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, the Buckeye squad returns to Columbus looking to stay on track with its home (7-0) winning streak. 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 Keithley 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