October 3, 2022

Ohio State Posts Highest Opening Match Score In Program History


Match 1 Results: http://ncaarifle.org/Home/Scorecard?MatchId=1452
Match 2 Results: http://ncaarifle.org/Home/Scorecard?MatchId=1453
Ohio State NCAA Rifle Team Page: http://ncaarifle.org/Home/TeamHomepage

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University rifle Team got its 2022-23 campaign underway in Murray, Ky. on Sunday. The team fired two separate matches against the host Racers firing a score of 4691 (Murray State 4699) in match 1 and a score of 4601 (Murray State 4614) in match 2. The 4691 is the highest opening match score in program history, beating last season’s opener at Nebraska.

In Match 1, the Buckeyes were led by Viktor Kiss and Derek Keiser in smallbore, who fired scores of 587 and 586 respectively. They were followed by Nathan Wehrlen (583) and Tyler Hanson (576). John Hamilton (575), Lillian Warren (573), and Paige Hollowell (573) competed for the first time as Buckeyes. Keiser again led the way in air rifle with a score of 595. Hamilton posted a personal best 590 while Warren (587), Hollowell (587), and Kiss (584) rounded out the team scoring for Ohio State.

In Match 2, Ohio State was led by senior Joel Potts who fired a score of 576. He was followed by Philip Becker (571), Frank Steyn (564), Eva Horgan (560), and Natalie Katsuyama (552). In air rifle, Frank Steyn led the way with a score of 588. He was followed by Potts and Becker, who both fired 583 while Horgan (576) and Katsuyama (569) rounded out the team scoring.

Coach Tanoue: “Competing on the road at Murray State was a great way to get our season underway. To open the season with the highest opening match score in program history is exactly how we wanted to start our campaign and it is going to provide us with a solid starting point for the early part of the season. We had a lot of really solid performances along with some things to work on which is to be expected here at the start of the season. That said it is a fantastic result for the team and we are looking forward to making the trip Fairbanks next weekend to see what steps forward we can make.”

The Buckeyes return to action on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 in Fairbanks, Alaska against the University of Alaska. The match on Friday will be held at Tanana Valley Sportsman’s Association (TVSA) while the match on Saturday will be held at the UAF Patty Center.