March 12, 2016
AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team, making its second NCAA Championship appearance, finished seventh overall after posting a 2,351 in the air rifle on Sunday at the University of Akron. The Buckeyes finished with an aggregate score of 4,659.
Sophomore Mark Matheny led the Buckeyes on Saturday with a 590 in the air rifle. This was just the fourth time this season that Matheny had posted a score of 590 or better. He finished 19th in the 45-shooting field.
Fellow sophomore Drew Cheezum fired a 588 to finish with a 1,166 aggregate for the two days which matched his score from last year’s NCAA Championship. Junior Anthony Cuozzo posted a 587 while freshman Michael Steinel capped his first NCAA event with a 586.
Senior Remington Lyman finished his Buckeye career with a 585 and an aggregate of 1,164. He led the Buckeyes this year with an aggregate average of 1,173 and is the school record holder in the air rifle with a score of 596.
The Buckeyes had statistically the best season in school history. They set the air rifle record four times after opening the year by setting the smallbore school record in October. At the NCAA Qualifier last month, OSU fired an aggregate school record with a 4,684. That was added to the team’s NCAA three-score average of 4,682.33 which was over 20 points higher than the previous high.