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April 16, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat No. 36 Michigan 7-0 in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday to improve to 20-1 on the year and 8-0 in Big Ten play. OSU has won eight-consecutive Big Ten regular season matches and 14 of the last 15. Michigan is now 11-9 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The win gave seventh year Ohio State head coach Ty Tucker his sixth consecutive 20 win season, and OSU’s 12th overall.

The Buckeyes started by winning the doubles point, a feat which they accomplished in all 21 matches this season. 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 the nations No. 11 doubles team in Brian Hung and Matko Maravich 8-7 (5) to improve to 25-2 on the year and 19-1 in dual matches. Drew Eberly (So., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest)and Bryan Koniecko (Fr. Long Island, N.Y./Syosset) beat Ryan Heller and Andrew Mezlin at the No. 2 doubles spot 8-2. Chris Klngemann (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and Devin Mullings (Jr. Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) combined to down Peter Aarts and Scott Bruckmann 8-2 at the No. 3 doubles spot to round off the sweep.

Koniecko, the nation’s no. 49 ranked singles player, won his match at thee No. 1 singles spot against No. 44 Matko Maravich 7-5, 7-6 (4) to improve to 19-11 in singles this season. Mullings, the reigning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, beat Brian Hung 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 3 singles spot to earn his 22nd singles win of the year. OSU swept the singles points.

Up next, the Buckeyes return home to face the Northwestern Wildcats April 22 for their final regular season home stand of the year.

No. 8 Ohio State 7, No. 36 Michigan 0
Singles

No. 1 #49 Bryan Konieko (OSU/19-11) def. #44 Matko Maravic (UM), 7-5, 7-6(4)
No. 2 #76 Chris Klingemann (OSU/19-7) def. Ryan Heller (UM), 6-0, 7-5
No. 3 #83 Devin Mullings (OSU/22-9) def. Brian Hung (UM), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Dennis Mertens (OSU/23-6) def. Steve Peretz (UM), 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 #116 Steven Moneke (OSU/14-6) def. Peter Aarts (UM), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Ross Wilson (OSU/18-6) def. Scott Bruckmann (UM), 6-2, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 #2 Green/Wilson (OSU/25-2) def. #11 Hung/Maravic (UM), 8-7(5)
No. 2 Eberly/Koniecko (OSU/15-3) def. Heller/Andrew Mazlin (UM), 8-2
No. 3 Klingemann/Mullings (OSU/18-1) def. Aarts/Bruckmann (UM), 8-2

Order of Completion: Doubles 2-3-1, Singles 5-6-4-2-1-3