Nov. 7, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team competed twice over the weekend, taking on TCU on Saturday and host UTEP on Sunday in El Paso Texas.
On Saturday, the Buckeyes posted their highest score of the season in a close 4678 – 4686 decision to TCU.
In smallbore, Ohio State fired a team score of 2311 led by junior Drew Cheezum who fired a 583. Freshman Jacob Buchanan was next with a score of 578, while juniors Mark Matheny (577), Josh Black (575), and freshman Rhiann Travis (567) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as individuals, sophomores Quintin Wotring and Michael Steinel both posted scores of 572.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes posted a score of 2367 which was the second highest air rifle score in program history, behind only the 2369 fired at UTEP in January of last season. Leading the way in air rifle were three solid performances by Drew Cheezum (594), Mark Matheny (592) and Michael Steinel (592). Rounding out team scoring for Ohio State were Jacob Buchanan (589) and Rhiann Travis (586). Firing as individuals, Josh Black fired a 588 while Quintin Wotring posted a 572.
On Sunday, the Buckeyes had another solid performance with a 4676 – 4576 victory over host UTEP.
In smallbore the team fired a score of 2314 and were again led by a solid 583 performance from Drew Cheezum. Jacob Buchanan equaled his season best with a score of 580 while Josh Black (576), Mark Matheny (575) and Rhiann Travis (556) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as an individual, Michael Steinel posted a score of 573.
In air rifle, Ohio State posted a team score of 2362 led by Michael Steinel who equaled his season best with a score of 594. Jacob Buchanan (591) and Drew Cheezum (590) were the next highest scores for the Buckeyes while Mark Matheny (587) and Rhiann Travis (586) rounded out team scoring. Firing as an individual, Josh Black posted a score of 585.
“We were able to post our highest score of the season at UTEP over the weekend which was a great step forward for our team,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “Having back to back matches gave us the opportunity to really see where our strengths and weaknesses are as we head toward the last match of the fall season and into the winter break. It has been a difficult fall season for us that has been heavy on travel and tough competition but with such a young team these experiences will no doubt help our development as we head into the second half of the season.”
The Buckeyes return to action this Saturday, Nov. 12 as the host of the 4th annual Dr. John C. Fellingham Buckeye Open. Saturday’s collegiate portion of the tournament will welcome four top-12 teams in No. 3 Murray State, No. 9 NC State, No. 11 Nevada and No. 12 Memphis.