October 28, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Jeremy Wurtzman, a junior on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, defeated four opponents advancing to the semi finals of the 2002 ITA Midwest Regional IV Championship in Madison, Wis. Wurtzman’s streak included wins against Nick Bodmer of Illinois (Chicago) 6-3, 6-2, Louisville’s Octavian Nicodim 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (3), Andy Formanzyk of Michigan State (6-3, 4-6, 7-5) and a win over Iowa’s Stuart Waters 7-6, 6-3.

Wurtzman’s next task will be against Big Ten foe, Phil Stolt of Illinois in the semifinals. Stolt defeated Wurtzman 7-5, 6-3 in round three of the main draw at the 2002 ITA All-American Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 11. Wurtzman and Stolt will face-off tomorrow at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

OSU senior Vince Ng automatically qualified for the main draw of the tournament where he defeated Dayton’s Rob Altenav in the first round 6-2, 6-2. Ng closed out his tournament action with a loss to Matt Baccaranni of Ball State 7-6 (5), 7-5.

The duo of junior Brenton Contini and Wurtzman won their first round in the doubles main draw. Contini and Wurtzman defeated Michigan State’s Cameron Marshall and Eric Simonton, 8-5. The OSU pair lost in round three to Thomas Haug and Avery Ticer from Minnesota, 8-6.

The 2002 ITA Midwest Regional IV Championship will conclude in Madison Wis., Tuesday. Next up, the men’s tennis team travels to Toledo, Ohio for the Toledo Invitational Friday-Sunday.