Jan. 30, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off one of its best weekends in program history, No. 6 Ohio State backed-up its performance with another good showing, besting No. 5 Kentucky 4684-4671 on Sunday inside of Converse Hall.
The 4684 was the third highest score in program history behind only the 4698 (twice) last weekend at TCU and the 4685 score the team fired at the 2016 NCAA Qualifier.
In smallbore, the team fired a score of 2316 led by junior Mark Matheny who posted a score of 584. Right behind was sophomore Michael Steinel who fired a 582. Junior Drew Cheezum (578), senior Anthony Cuozzo (572) and junior Josh Black (570) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as individuals, senior Deanna Binnie led the way with a score of 573 followed by freshman Alli Kissell (571), and sophomore Bailey Urbach (568). Sophomore Quintin Wotring (565), senior Chrissy Thomas (561), senior Kendal Elder (559), sophomore Brendan Whitaker (558) and sophomore Patrick Sardo (532) rounded out individual scoring for Ohio State.
In air rifle, the team continued its string of solid performances with a score of 2368. The Buckeyes were led by a program record equaling and season best performance from freshman Rhiann Travis who fired a 596. Michael Steinel also posted a fantastic performance with a 595. Drew Cheezum (589), Josh Black (588), and Mark Matheny (587) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Anthony Cuozzo led the way for Ohio State’s individuals firing a 586 while Alli Kissell (583), Chrissy Thomas (582), Kendal Elder (575), Brendan Whitaker (574), Bailey Urbach (572), Quintin Wotring (567) and Patrick Sardo (565) rounded out individual scoring for the Buckeyes.
“We knew coming in that Sunday would present multiple challenges and be a critical moment in our season,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “The match was our last regular season competition, one of our final opportunities to improve our NCAA qualification average and also a matchup with a top-5 Kentucky team. I am very proud that the team was able to rise to the challenge of the moment and perform the way that we did. Posting our second highest score of the season, improving our three score average to 4686.67, as well as getting the victory over Kentucky was hugely gratifying and I am very proud of the resiliency of this team which has allowed us to really hit our stride these past several weeks.”
“It was also fantastic to see the air rifle team record equaled by Rhiann,” Tanoue continued. “This was the second weekend in a row where an individual team record was tied with Drew (Cheezum) equaling the smallbore record twice and Michael (Steinal) the air rifle record last weekend at TCU. Looking forward, this next weekend will be another huge test as we will host the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships and we are looking forward to a great competition.”
Ohio State will host the 2017 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships February 4-5 at Converse Hall. The Buckeyes will welcome in No. 4 Air Force, No. 7 Alaska-Fairbanks, No. 10 Nevada, No. 1 TCU and No. 17 UTEP.