Oct. 13, 2014
EL PASO, Texas – The Ohio State rifle team opened Patriot Rifle Conference action over the weekend with a pair of victories over UTEP and Nevada. The Buckeyes completed two days of competition on Sunday at the UTEP rifle range in El Paso, Texas by firing a season-high 4649. In smallbore on Sunday, the Buckeyes were led by freshman Mark Matheny who fired a personal best 582. Fellow freshman Drew Cheezum fired a 577 which was his highest smallbore score of the season while sophomore Deanna Binnie (576), junior Remington Lyman (571) and freshman Josh Black (569) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. In air rifle Cheezum led the way with a solid 587 followed closely by sophomore Chrissy Thomas (586), Lyman (585), Black (585) and Binnie (577). The Buckeyes bested both Nevada (4605) and UTEP (4528 in Sunday’s match. The same was true on Saturday as the Buckeyes fired a team score of 4633, defeating Nevada at 4597 and UTEP at 4481. In air rifle, freshman Joshua Black fired a personal best 590. He was followed by Lyman (585), Cheezum (583), Thomas (583) and Binnie (570). In smallbore, Binnie fired the highest score of the day with a 578 followed by Cheezum (573), Matheny (572), Lyman (569) and Black (568). “Overall I am pleased with our performance from this weekend and I am very happy that we’ve started our conference season 2-0,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “This weekend we saw personal bests and team leading performances from Josh in air rifle and Mark in smallbore, which are definitely a great thing to be having this early in the season. We also had probably our best ever team performance in air rifle on Sunday with all of our counting team members firing a score of 585 or higher. “Compared to last week and Saturday, our score on Sunday is moving toward the performance level that we are looking to produce and although there are still major areas where we can improve, these first three matches have shown that this is easily the most balanced team top to bottom that we have had here at Ohio State. We’ll have two weeks before our first home match and we will definitely be taking advantage of the extra week of preparation before we compete against No. 1 West Virginia on the 26th.” Ohio State returns to action at the Hugh W. Wylie Range on Sunday October 26, against defending National Champion West Virginia.