COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle Team completed a record breaking weekend of competition at TCU competing against the host and No. 1-ranked Horned Frogs as well as the US Coast Guard Academy.
On Saturday the Buckeyes fired a team score of 4698, shattering their previous record of 4685 fired at the NCAA Qualifier last season. TCU fired a 4705 while Coast Guard posted a 4487.
In smallbore, Ohio State fired a team record score of 2333 led by junior Drew Cheezum who fired a program best equaling score of 590. Sophomore Michael Steinel fired a 583 followed by juniors Mark Matheny (581) and Josh Black (579) and senior Anthony Cuozzo (574) who rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as an individual freshman Jacob Buchanan posted a score of 577.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes completed their record aggregate performance by firing a score of 2365 led by a program record equaling score of 596 from Michael Steinel. Jacob Buchanan (591), Mark Matheny (589), Drew Cheezum (589) and freshman Rhiann Travis (588) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as individuals Anthony Cuozzo posted a 588 and Josh Black a 586 to round out the competition for the Buckeyes.
On Sunday Ohio State again fired a 4698, equaling the program record score from Saturday. Coast Guard fired their season best score of 4507.
In smallbore, the team was again led by another 590 score from Drew Cheezum. Mark Matheny fired his season best score of 586 while Jacob Buchanan (576), Josh Black (576) and Michael Steinel (575) rounded out team scoring. Firing as an individual Anthony Cuozzo posted a score of 573.
In air rifle, Ohio State was led by great performances from the freshman pair of Jacob Buchanan and Rhiann Travis who posted scores of 595 and 594 respectively. Michael Steinel added a 592 while Drew Cheezum (589) and Mark Matheny (586) rounded out team scoring. Firing as individuals, Josh Black posted a 589 and Anthony Cuozzo a 582 to round out the competition for the Buckeyes.
“Saturday was an incredible day for the team and a new benchmark in the history of our program," said head coach Ryan Tanoue. "To be able to go on the road and set aggregate and smallbore team records as well as have the individual records equaled in both events was an amazing accomplishment for our team and I am very, very proud of the team’s performance on Saturday. This type of score level is what we have been pushing for all season and it was good to see the team put our struggles in smallbore behind and string together a great performance in both events. The score also helped to move us up to 6th in the rankings which was a huge step forward in terms of our positioning in moving toward the NCAA Qualifier next month."
"Being able to back up our performance on Saturday with another fantastic performance on Sunday was huge for our confidence and shows that Saturday was not an anomaly and that we are capable of this type of score level and higher on a consistent basis," Tanoue continued. "Overall it was an incredible weekend for our team and something that I am certain will catapult us through our last regular season match this coming weekend and into the post season.”
Ohio State returns to action this Sunday against No. 5 Kentucky in what will be the final regular season home match.