Nov. 14, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle team posted a total team score of 4675 at the Buckeye Open on Saturday, placing second behind Murray State who fired a score of 4713. Nevada placed third firing a 4669, NC State finished fourth posting a 4642 and Memphis rounded out the field with a 4632.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2302 led by junior Drew Cheezum who fired a 582. Fellow junior Mark Matheny posted a 577 while freshman Jacob Buchanan (574), Rhiann Travis (569) and Josh Black (564) rounded out team scoring. Firing as individuals, senior Anthony Cuozzo and freshman Alli Kissell led the way with scores of 578. Sophomore Michael Steinel and Senior Deanna Binnie were right behind with a scores of 577 and 575 respectively. Sophomore Quintin Wotring posted a score of 572, while fellow sophomore Brendan Whitaker (570, senior Kendal Elder (568), sophomore Bailey Urbach (561), senior Chrissy Thomas (555) and sophomore Patrick Sardo (541) rounded out individual scoring for Ohio State.
In air rifle, the team fired a program record score of 2373, besting their previous record of 2369 fired at UTEP last season. Ohio State was led by a personal best 595 from Drew Cheezum. Michael Steinel and Rhiann Travis both posted scores of 593 while Jacob Buchanan (592) and Mark Matheny (589) rounded out the team record score. Firing as individuals, Josh Black equaled his season best with a score of 592 and Anthony Cuozzo also had a solid day with a score of 590. Saturday marked the first time in program history where Ohio State had six team members post air rifle scores of 590 or higher. Chrissy Thomas posted a score of 584, Alli Kissell and Bailey Urbach posted 581s while Deanna Binnie (577), Quintin Wotring (577), Kendal Elder (576), Brendan Whitaker (570) and Patrick Sardo (557) rounded out individual scoring.
“Saturday was a very successful start to the 4th annual Dr. John C. Fellingham Buckeye Open,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “Although our smallbore performance was certainly a struggle, the team showed great resiliency in being able to immediately turn around and have the best air rifle performance in program history. Having six individuals fire scores over 590 was a fantastic accomplishment and our record day in air rifle helped us make a one point gain toward our NCAA 3-score average. Looking back on the fall portion of the season our team certainly has a lot to be proud of but we know that there is a lot more work to be done over the holiday break and in the spring portion of the season as we head toward the Conference Championships, Qualifier and the NCAA Championships.”
Ohio State will host nearly 80 open competitors this coming weekend to conclude the Buckeye Open and the Rifle Team will return to action at the USA Shooting Winter Air Rifle Championships December 2-4.