October 17, 2016

Buckeyes Fire 4677, Split with Alaska

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Oct. 17, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle team fired a pair of matches against the University of Alaska in Fairbanks over the weekend.

On Friday, the Buckeyes scored a victory over Alaska for the first time in program history with a season high score of 4677, besting Alaska’s score of 4670.

In smallbore, Ohio State posted a team score of 2314, led by junior Josh Black who posted a season best score of 583. Following Black on the scoring team was fellow junior Drew Cheezum (579), the freshman duo of Rhiann Travis (576) and Jacob Buchanan (576) and sophomore Michael Steinel (573). Firing as individuals, junior Mark Matheny posted a 578 while sophomore Quintin Wotring fired a 574.

In air rifle, the Buckeyes posted a season best score of 2363 led by a season high score of 595 from Rhiann Travis. Josh Black and Drew Cheezum posted a solid scores of 592 and 591 respectively followed by a 585 from Michael Steinel and 583 from Jacob Buchanan to round out the scoring team. Firing as individuals, Mark Matheny posted a career best 595 while Quintin Wotring fired a 577.

On Saturday, Ohio State again posted a team score of 4677 but fell to Alaska’s 4692.

Saturday’s 2315 smallbore score was a season high and the team was led by Josh Black who fired a 582 followed closely by Rhiann Travis who fired a personal best 581. Drew Cheezum (579), Michael Steinel (473) and Jacob Buchanan (562) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as individuals, Mark Matheny posted a season best 580 while Quintin Wotring fired a 574.

In air rifle the team fired a score of 2362 led by another solid performance from Rhiann Travis (594) and Drew Cheezum (591). Jacob Buchanan (589), Mark Matheny (588) and Josh Black (586) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as individuals, Michael Steinel scored a 588 and Quintin Wotring a 578.

“Alaska was another step upward and forward with regard to our performance this season,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “It was nice to post our highest scores of the season thus far and also to score a win over a storied program for the first time. Over our past several matches we have seen the performance that we know that the team is capable of and as we continue with a five-week stretch where we have seven matches we are pushing very hard to continue to raise our level each week as we get to our first home match of the season this coming Sunday against WVU.”

 

The Buckeyes return to action at the Hugh W. Wylie Range this Sunday, October 23rd against defending NCAA Champion West Virginia.