Oct. 29, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State pistol team tallied an aggregate score of 6,301 to defeat The Citadel (5,930) and VMI (5,674) Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

The Buckeyes claimed the top two individual finishes in every event, and swept competition in open air pistol, open free pistol and women’s sport pistol.

Senior Jason Reineck led the way for the Buckeyes in free pistol, posting a score of 504 to claim first place ahead of classmate Joe Totts (501) and freshman Quentin Cauffman (501). Senior A.J. Tourigny scored a 489 to round out team scoring with a score of 1,995 and a first-place finish overall.

Totts and senior Kim Hullings paved the way for Ohio State in open standard pistol, each tallying a score of 543 to tie for first place. Cauffman placed fourth with a 526, while junior Greyson McCaig placed fifth with a 519 to round out team scoring with a 2,131 score and another first-place overall finish.

Ohio State earned the top six finishes in open air pistol (60 rounds), with freshman Seth Bearjar claiming his first individual win of the season after shooting a 555. Totts placed second with a 548 and Tourigny placed third with a 545 to round out the top three scorers. Cauffman and Reineck rounded out team scoring, both shooting a 541 to contribute to the overall team first-place score of 2,175.

In women’s competition, the Buckeyes claimed the top two spots in women’s air pistol (40 rounds) as freshman Elizabeth Szalajko scored a 364 to finish in first place and Hullings notched a 357 to place second. Senior Mariah Skiles fired a 345 to round out team scoring (1,045) for the Buckeyes and secure a first-place finish overall.

In women’s sport pistol, Hullings tallied a 551, followed by Skiles who shot a 526 and freshman Elizabeth Buerling who earned a 522. Ohio State tallied a team score of 1,599 for another first-place finish.

Ohio State took first place overall in women’s competition with an aggregate of 2,644.

The Buckeyes return to action at The Citadel Nov. 9-10. The matches are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. both days.