COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University rifle team concluded the fall portion of the season with a pair of matches at UTEP over the weekend.
On Saturday the Buckeyes bested the Miners (4566), firing a team score of 4681. In smallbore the team fired a score of 2315 led by Ariel Hall who fired a 582. Derek Keiser (580), Viktor Kiss (578), Tyler Hanson (575) and Nathan Wehrlen (568) rounded out team scoring. Philip Becker led the way for the individuals with a score of 576 while Annabelle Stanec (571) and Annie Tomb (566) rounded out individual scoring.
In air rifle the team fired a season best score of 2366 and were led by Ariel Hall who equaled her season best with a score of 593. She was followed by Viktor Kiss and Nathan Wehrlen who fired a personal best 591. Derek Keiser (590) and Philip Becker (588) rounded out team scoring. Annabelle Stanec led the way for the individuals with a season best score of 590 while Tyler Hanson (582) and Annie Tomb (581) rounded out individual scoring.
On Sunday Ohio State fired their highest score of the season, posting a 4594 to UTEP’s 4558. In smallbore the team fired a program best score of 2343, besting the previous program best score of 2336 set in 2018. They were led by a trio of personal best performances from Nathan Wehrlen, Viktor Kiss, and Tyler Hanson who all fired scores of 586. Derek Keiser was one point shy of his career best with a 585 and Ariel Hall rounded out the team score with a 578. Firing as an individual Annabelle Stanec fired her season best score of 581.
In air rifle the team fired a score of 2351 led by Ariel Hall and Nathan Wehrlen who fired scores of 592 and 590 respectively. Philip Becker (585), Viktor Kiss (584), and Derek Keiser (583) rounded out team scoring. Firing as an individual Annie Tomb equaled her season best with a score of 590.
The team score of 4694 is the third highest in program history and raised the team’s three score NCAA Qualification Average to 4692.
Coach Tanoue: “The team has continued to improve throughout the fall portion of the season and it was so gratifying to see their hard work pay off with so many personal and season best performances in our last match of the fall. Also firing a program-best score in smallbore as well as the high team score for the season thus far was a great way to head into the Thanksigiving and Winter break. That said, our group knows the work that is left in front of us for the remainder of the season and we are excited to take the time to recharge over the break and come back ready in the spring.”
Ohio State returns to action following the winter break at TCU for a pair of matches on January 15 and 16.