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April 1, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 6 Ohio State men’s tennis team won its Big Ten home opener for the third-consecutive season Saturday at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus. The Buckeyes downed Purdue 7-0 to improve to 15-1 on the year and 3-0 in the Big Ten. Ohio State has won seven-consecutive matches against the Boilermakers dating back to the 1998-99 season. Purdue is now 6-10 on the year and 1-3 in the Big Ten.

Ohio State seniors Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) and Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover), the nation’s No. 2-ranked doubles team, defeated Purdue’s Eric Hodgman and Kelubia Mabatah 8-0 at the No. 1 doubles spot. The Buckeye duo earned its 20th win on the season. Ohio State clinched the doubles point when junior’s Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) and Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) beat Jarred Leibner and Scott Warner 8-3 at the No. 3 doubles spot.

Klingemann won his fourth-consecutive match at the No. 1 singles spot for the Buckeyes to improve his season record to 16-5. Klingemann downed Colin Foster 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. The two Ohio State freshmen in the lineup both won their matches. Bryan Koniecko (Long Island, N.Y./Syosset) beat Kelubia Mabatah 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 3 singles spot and is now 15-10 on the year. Steven Moneke (Alten-Busick, Germany) defeated Scott Warner at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-3. Moneke is 13-5 on the season.

Ohio State plays host to No. 5 Illinois at noon Sunday. The Buckeyes extended their home winning streak to 37 matches with the victory over Purdue. The streak dates back to the 2003 season. The match against the Illini is scheduled for noon at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus but could be moved to the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center if there is inclement weather.

No. 6 Ohio State 7, Purdue 0

Singles Results Chris Klingemann (OSU/16-5) def. Colin Foster (PU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 Devin Mullings (OSU/18-8) def. Eric Hodgman (PU) 6-4, 6-4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU/15-10) def. Kelubia Mabatah (PU) 6-1, 6-4 Steven Moneke (OSU/13-5) def. Scott Warner (PU) 6-0, 6-3 Ross Wilson (OSU/16-5) def. Jarred Leibner 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 Dennis Mertens (OSU/18-6) def. Kurt Zaske 6-1, 6-1 Order of finish 3, 4, 6, 5, 1, 2

Doubles Results Scott Green/Ross Wilson (OSU/20-2) def. Eric Hodgman/Kelubia Mabatah (PU) 8-0 Drew Eberly/Bryan Koniecko (OSU/12-2) def. Colin Foster/ Kurt Zaske 8-7 Devin Mullings/Chris Klingemann (OSU/14-1) def. Jarred Leibner/ Scott Warner 8-3 Order of Finish 1,3,2