Sept. 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State pistol team opened the season with the 11th annual Ohio Cup, hosting Akron, Cedarville University and individual competitors at the two-day contest Friday and Saturday at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.
The Buckeyes earned the top spot in all five events as senior A.J. Tourigny earned first-place finishes in free pistol (525) and air pistol (566), senior Joe Totts took first in standard pistol (550), senior Kim Hullings placed first in women’s sport pistol (557) and freshman Elizabeth Buerling scored a first-place finish in women’s air pistol (360).
Ohio State had a strong showing in all three open events, with six student-athletes notching Top 5 finishes. Totts and classmate Jason Reineck posted scores of 499 and 490, respectively, to finish in fourth and fifth place behind Tourigny in free pistol. In standard pistol, Hullings shot a 541 to place fourth while freshman Quentin Coffman (552), Totts (547) and Reineck (546) placed second, third and fifth, respectively, in air pistol.
In women’s competition, the Buckeyes swept the top four spots in both women’s sport and women’s air pistol. Behind Hullings, freshman Elizabeth Szalajko scored a 520, junior Rachael Mullaney posted a 511 and Buerling shot a 509 to round out the top four scorers in women’s air. Hullings (354), Szalajko (354), senior Alexandra Troester (342) rounded out the top four in women’s sport.
In 3-gun aggregate competition, Tourigny placed first with an overall score of 1,614 while Totts placed second with a score of 1,596. Cauffman rounded out the Top 5 with a score of 1,560 in his first collegiate competition.
The Buckeyes swept the Top 4 spots in 2-gun aggregate competition. Hullings placed first with a score of 511 followed by Szalajko with a score of 874, Buerling with a score of 869 and Mullaney with a score of 833.
The Buckeyes return to action Oct. 5 at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Competition is set to start at 8 a.m.