COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle Team started the spring portion of the season in Colorado Springs competing against the Air Force Academy and Jacksonville State over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 4673 to defeat Air Force (4671) and Jacksonville State (4626). Saturday’s performance included a program record air rifle score of 2374.
In smallbore, Ohio State fired a team score of 2299 led by a season best score of 584 from junior Mark Matheny. Fellow junior Drew Cheezum was next firing a 579 while junior Josh Black (568), senior Anthony Cuozzo (568) and freshman Jacob Buchanan (563) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as individuals, sophomore Michael Steinel posted a 569 while freshman Rhiann Travis fired a 563.
In air rifle, the Buckeye’s 2374 record performance was led by the freshman duo of Jacob Buchanan and Rhiann Travis who both fired scores of 595. The 595 scores equaled the season best for Rhiann and was a personal best performance for Jacob. Rounding out team scoring were great performances from Mark Matheny who fired a 593, Drew Cheezum who posted a 591 and Josh Black who had a 585 to round out team scoring. Firing as individuals Anthony Cuozzo fired a 588 and Michael Steinel posted a score of 587.
On Sunday, Ohio State fired a team score of 4666 to defeat Jacksonville State who fired a score of 4624.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2306 and were again led by Mark Matheny who fired a 579. He was followed closely by Anthony Cuozzo (578) and Drew Cheezum (577). Michael Steinel (572) and Jacob Buchanan (564) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as individuals Rhiann Travis led the way with a 577 followed by Josh Black who fired a 575.
In air rifle, Ohio State posted a team score of 2360 led by a 594 from Drew Cheezum. Michael Steinel was next for the Buckeyes posting a score of 594 followed by Mark Matheny (589), Rhiann Travis (587) and Jacob Buchanan (583). Firing as individuals, Josh Black was one point off of his season best firing a 591 while Anthony Cuozzo posted a 586.
“Coming off of the winter break and starting our spring season on the road was certainly not an easy task. There was definitely some rust and a few nerves during smallbore on Saturday, but as we have shown all season the resiliency of this group is a huge strength and we were able to bounce back in air rifle with a fantastic program record score,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “Our air rifle performances this season have continued to improve and impress and for us to reset the program record in air rifle for the second time this season was an incredible accomplishment. It was also a very close and exciting match and for us to beat a team like Air Force who has been one of the highest performing teams all season was a great accomplishment for our group. Sunday was a bit better in some areas but a struggle in others and overall I felt the weekend was a solid step back into action for our team. We are still pushing very hard to improve our three score average as we head toward the NCAA qualifier next month and we’ll have two great chances to do that this coming weekend against #1 TCU and Coast Guard in Ft. Worth.”
Ohio State returns to action with a three way match with TCU and Coast Guard this coming Saturday, January 21 and against Coast Guard on Sunday, January 22 in Ft. Worth, Texas.