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May 7, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior men’s tennis player Jeremy Wurtzman was selected as the No. 3 seed in the 2004 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Tournament by the NCAA Men’s Tennis Committee Thursday. This will be his third appearance in the singles competition.

As a sophomore Wurtzman (Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy, Fla.) fell in the first round to Alabama’s Maxim Belski, 6-1, 6-3. Kentucky’s Jesse Witten defeated Wurtzman, 6-3, 7-6, in the 2003 singles championship.

In doubles, Wurtzman and freshman Joey Atas (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) are 24-5 on the year heading in the NCAA event. Atas is the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He posted a singles record of 25-8.

The Ohio State men’s tennis team will play South Carolina (15-13) the weekend of May 14-16 in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the opening round of the 2004 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The exact date and time of the first round match has not been determined.

The winner in round one will play either North Carolina or South Carolina State for a chance to advance to the Round of 16.

Wurtzman, the No. 3-ranked singles player in the country, is 37-3 in singles competition this season. He was recently selected as a member of the 2004 All-Big Ten Men’s Tennis Team. Wurtzman is 127-43 in singles competition during his career, which includes a 103-27 record as a Buckeye. That record is good for the No. 6 spot all time at Ohio State for singles wins. He played one season at Florida.

The men’s tennis committee selected 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2004 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships.

The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 26-31 in Tulsa, Okla., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 22-25). Each region received automatic entry for four singles players and two doubles teams.

Seedings for the singles and doubles competition are based upon competition between Sept. 7, 2003 and May 2, 2004.

The Buckeyes, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Ty Tucker, will be playing in the team event for the fifth-consecutive season. Ohio State has made all of its appearances in the NCAA event with Tucker as the head coach. The Buckeyes are 4-4 in NCAA team tournament play.

Last season at the NCAA championships, the squad advanced to the Round of 16 where it fell to fourth-ranked California, 4-0. In the first round, the Buckeyes shut out Arkansas, 4-0, and defeated Kentucky, 4-3, in second round action.

Ohio State, ranked No. 17 nationally, is 23-4 overall after finishing the Big Ten season with an 11-2 record. Both losses were to No. 1 Illinois, once during the regular conference season and then most recently in the championship match of the Big Ten tournament.