As always, now is a great time to be a Buckeye. Across the non-revenue spectrum, Ohio State is accomplishing some very special things as we head into the spring season. There just isn’t one sport focused on tournament play at this time of the year. The wrestling Bucks competed in the B1G Individual championships this weekend. The B1G hockey tournament is nine days away, as Ohio State continues to skate with the best of them in the newly formed Big Ten Conference.
Alongside some solid team performances, individuals stood out in conference play on the diamond and on the pummel horse.
Like always, it was a great weekend to be a Buckeye! Here’s a breakdown of some of the best happenings on the sports spectrum in Ohio State’s Non-Revenue sports.
Head Coach Tom Ryan’s continued effort to build up a young Ohio State team is paying off. The Buckeyes, who have battled some injuries throughout the season, showed up strong at the 100th B1g Tournament in Madison Wisconsin. Ohio State finished fourth behind Minnesota, Iowa and Penn State, who won their fourth straight conference title under head coach Cael Sanderson. The Buckeyes saw two wrestlers advance to the championship mat on Sunday.
141 pounder Logan Stieber continued building up his Ohio State grappling legacy, becoming just the second wrestler in school history to win three league championships on Sunday. His 7-3 win over Penn State freshman Zain Retherford 7-3 in the championship match, avenged his only loss of the season. Stieber got to scoring right away with 2:25 to go in the first when he sucked in a single leg with both knees on the ground and turned the corner with a sweeping double near the edge of the mat. After a short stoppage for blood time, It was Retherford slithering away with the escape to make it 2-1 heading into the 2nd period. Respecting the freshman’s riding ability and top game, Steiber took the neutral position in the 2nd period and dominated from the position. The two time national champion caught the Penn State frosh with a solid waist lock turned into crab ride. The take down gave the defending champion a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the third and final period. In the final stanza, Ohio State’s first three time B1G champion since Kevin Randleman dominated from the top position, which included a quick turn that lead to two more back points.
Ohio State was 1-2 in its games this week. Last Sunday, the Buckeyes had 15 hits in a 13-4 win over Mount St. Mary’s. Ohio State took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the second after RBI singles from Tim Wetzel and Kirby Pellant. Mount St. Mary’s came right back, however, tying it up in the third at 3-3. The Buckeyes then scored 2, 5, 1, and 2 runs in the innings that followed to take a 13-4 lead, which would be the eventual final score. On Friday, Ohio State fell 5-2 to Connecticut in DeLand, Florida. Ryan Cypret was 1-3 for the Buckeyes with a solo home run in the second inning which tied the game at 1. The Huskies took the lead back however, taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth after a solo home run. They tacked on 3 more runs in the seventh and one in the ninth and went on to get the 5-2 win. On Saturday, Ohio State was outlasted 3-2 by Stetson in 12 innings after a walk-off double. Ryan Cypret, Mike Carroll, and Joe Clamacco each had two hits for the Buckeyes in the game. The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 5-4 on the season.
Ohio State fell to Utah 5-4 last Sunday to finish the 2013 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 2-3 record. After trailing 5-0, the Buckeyes posted 2 runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 3. Leesa Gresham began the rally when her double scored Maddy McIntyre. Shelby Pickett then had an RBI single to score Evelyn Carrillo. In the bottom of the fourth, they cut the Utes’ lead to 1, but got no closer.
Ohio State was 1-1 this week in Men’s Hockey. On Friday, they defeated No. 3 Miami 3-0. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the victory while teammates Alex Szczechura, Max McCormick, and Chris Crane each had goals for the Buckeyes. Crane put the Buckeyes ahead in the first period on a power play goal. On Saturday, Ohio State finished its regular season at Miami with a 4-2 loss. Hjelle had 27 saves while teammates Craig Dalrymple and Szczechura each scored for the Bucks. The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 14-15-7 record, and Tanner Fritz won the CCHA scoring title after scoring 32 points this season. Read More