COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle team competed in a pair of matches in Fairbanks, Alaska on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16.
On Friday Ohio State competed at the UAF Patty Center, posting a team score of 4672. In smallbore the team was led by Viktor Kiss who fired a score of 584. He was followed by Ariel Hall (577), Nathan Wehrlen (576), Derek Keiser (572), and Annabelle Stanec (569) who rounded out team scoring. Philip Becker (572), Tyler Hanson (569), and Annie Tomb (556) competed as individuals in smallbore.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2363 led by Derek Keiser who fired a personal and team season-best score of 596. He was followed by Ariel Hall (591), Viktor Kiss (590), Nathan Wehrlen (586), and Annie Tomb (580) who rounded out team scoring. Philip Becker led the way for the individuals firing a 589. He was followed by Annabelle Stanec (583) and Tyler Hanson (580).
On Saturday Ohio State fired a season-best team score of 4691 which is the highest team score since the 2017-18 season and the sixth highest in program history. In smallbore the Buckeyes were led by a season-best equaling score of 585 by Derek Keiser. He was followed by Viktor Kiss (582), Ariel Hall (581), Tyler Hanson (580), and Nathan Wehrlen (569). Annie Tomb led the way for the individuals firing a score of 572. Philip Becker (570) and Annabelle Stanec (566) rounded out individual scoring.
In air rifle, Ohio State’s very balanced team performance was led by Ariel Hall who fired a 593. She was followed closely by Derek Keiser (592), Viktor Kiss (590), Philp Becker (588), and Nathan Wehrlen (586). Annabelle Stanec (580), Annie Tomb (577), and Tyler Hanson (574) rounded out individual scoring.
Quoting Coach Ryan Tanoue: “We’re excited to be returning to Columbus after a successful weekend here in Fairbanks. I’m very proud of the team’s performance over the two days and they were all able to build on their performance on Friday to produce one of the best scores in program history today which was fantastic to see. This is still just the beginning of the season though and I know this weekend is going to be a major building block for our group in a lot of ways and I’m excited to have another opportunity for our team to perform this coming weekend against Morehead State.”
Ohio State returns to action on Saturday, October 23 against Morehead State inside of Converse Hall.