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Sept. 28, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle Team got their 2015-16 season underway in Reno, Nev., over the weekend with a 4658 to 4638 win over Nevada. The 4658 score was the highest opening match score in program history and ranks as the teams’ 4th best score all-time.

In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a 2316 led by a personal best score of 586 by sophomore Drew Cheezum. Senior Remington Lyman and sophomore Mark Matheny both fired solid scores of 582 and 580, respectively. Junior Deanna Binnie and freshman Michael Steinel both fired a 568 to round out team scoring for Ohio State.

In air rifle, Ohio State fired a team score of 2342 led by Lyman who fired a 589. Sophomore Josh Black (585), Matheny (584), Steinel (584) and Cheezum (583) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.

“Firing a 4658 was a very solid way to get our season underway,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “We certainly faced some challenging conditions at Nevada, but we were able to overcome them for the most part and post a good opening match score. Team score wise the 4658 is one of the best scores we’ve ever fired which is a great place to be to start this season. On the other hand we definitely left Reno feeling like there is a lot of room for our team to grow as we progress through the season.”

“Individually we saw some really good performances team wide,” Tanoue continued. “Smallbore has been a strength for us throughout the lead up to the season and that showed this weekend with the personal best by Drew as well as Remington and Mark’s scores. Air rifle is an area where we know we can improve and that will be a point of focus over the next few weeks before we head to Fairbanks.”

The Buckeyes will host the Alumni Match this Sunday, October 4. The next official competition is October 16 and 17 when the Buckeyes will take on Air Force and Alaska in Fairbanks.