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Oct. 22, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The opening day of the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., proved to be a good one for the Ohio State men’s tennis team, as six of seven Buckeyes made it past the first round in singles Saturday. Four Buckeyes advanced to the singles round of 16 after two rounds of play and all four Buckeye doubles teams won their first-round matches.

Devin Mullings (Jr., Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory), the No. 1 seed in the tournament, improved his season record to 3-1 by defeating Jarrod Epkey of Ball State, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round and Adam Schaechterle of Northwestern 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. Mullings’ next match is Sunday against Brett Helgeson of Norte Dame in the round of 16.

Bryan Koniecko (Fr., Long Island, N.Y./Syosset), the No. 13 seed, advanced to the round of 16 by beating Alex Birchmeier of Western Michigan 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the first round, and Willy Lock of Northwestern 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. With the victories his season record improves to 3-1. Koniecko’s next match is Sunday against Matko Maravic of Michigan.

Ross Wilson (Sr. Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) was another Buckeye to advance to the round of 16. He beat Nolan Polley of Wisconsin 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round before beating Dara Mcloughlin of Indiana 6-2, 6-3 in the second round. Wilson will meet Matt Baccarani of Ball State in the round of 16 on Sunday. Wilson’s record on the year now is 3-1.

Scott Green (Sr., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) upset the No. 2 seed in the tournament in the opening round, disposing of Demar Johnson of Louisville 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2). Green advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Pramod Dibir of Illinois 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Green’s season record is now 3-1.

Chris Klingemann (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and Dennis Mertens (Sr., Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) each won their first round matches, but lost in the second round. Klingemann beat Bart van-Monsjou of Iowa 6-2, 6-2 before losing to Chris Rinks of Michigan State 6-4, 6-2. Klingemann’s record is now 5-2 on the year. Mertens won his first round match against DJ Geatz of Minnesota 7-6 (4), 7-5. Mertens lost in the second round to Christian Tempke of Northwestern 6-4, 6-3. Mertens had advanced to the main draw by reaching the quarterfinals of the qualifying tournament held earlier in the week.

Drew Eberly (So.,Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) was the only Buckeye to lose in the first round. Eberly lost his opening round match to Marc Dwyer of Northwestern 7-6 (4), 6-2. Eberly’s record falls to 1-2 on the year.

In doubles action, all the Buckeye teams made it to the second round. Eberly and Mertens defeated Brennen Phippen and Elliot Brisnow of Wisconsin 8-6 to go 1-0 on the year. Eberly and Mertens will face Eric Hodgman and Patrick Rose of Purdue in the next round.

Mullings and Klingemann made it to the second round by beating Mark Tate and Brian Livingston of Northern Illinois University 8-4. Mullings and Klingemann are now 1-0 on the year. Mullings and Klingemann will play Andy Bartish and James Low of Butler in round 2.

Green and Dominic Ozanne (So., Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) beat Will Wang and Eric Huffman of DePaul 8-6. They are 1-0 on the year. Green and Ozanne will face Wil Lofgren and Matt Metully of Bradley University in the second round.

Wilson and Koniecko beat Mike McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin of Indiana 8-3. Wilson and Koniecko will play Bret Helgeson and Sheeva Parbhu of Notre Dame in the next round. Wilson and Koniecko are 1-0 on the year.

The University of Michigan is hosting the event. All matches are being played at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center. Championship games for both singles and doubles will be played Tuesday. For all results visit mgoblue.com