Sunday Bullet Points

Written March 23rd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

How ’bout a little weekend “catch up” of all the news and notes? Since it’s a Sunday, we’ve got to choose our soundtrack wisely- something sacred, perhaps.

Hallowed Ground

Buckeye 411

  • Prendere i miei talenti a- A thousand apologies to those loyal readers who actually speak Italian; that’s what Google Translate gave me as a lead in for the Floppy Haired Mayhem’s exodus from Columbus and a return to Italy for a pro hoops career. Announced via his twitter account on Saturday and confirmed by the University, Amadeo Della Valle will be a professional basketball player sooner than later, and is reportedly going to make pretty good cash while the rest of this year’s college players are still waiting for their names to be called on draft day. Look, I’ve heard of celebrities swearing they’d leave the United States if their candidate didn’t win the presidency, but this is the first time that I’m aware of an actual candidate choosing to make the same commitment.  Best wishes and happy shooting, Amadeo!
  • Let’s Just Hope- Jim Tressel doesn’t take the same route should his presidential campaign not be successful.
  • Ross Next? According to insiders, LaQuinton Ross will be meeting with Thad Matta on Monday to let him know that he will also be leaving Ohio State early. This had always been the plan, particularly given the additional responsibilities and family commitments that “Q” has; it’s just a shame that he didn’t have that huge season to help his draft stock.
  • Champion, Times Three- Ohio State’s Logan Steiber won his third consecutive NCAA title on Saturday, becoming the first Buckeye to do so in wrestling. He did so one weight class above his prior two; it’ll be interesting to see where he chooses to compete for his senior season.
  • Mat Men- Senior Nick Heflin finished as a national runner up in OKC, after losing points due to a controversial stalling call AND missing takedown points at the end of the match by hundreths of a second.  A great career, Nick- best wishes for the next part of your journey!
  • Buckeye Bridesmaids- After beating #1 seed Minnesota earlier, Ohio State’s men’s hockey team faced Wisconsin for the inaugural B1G Championship title. While they dominated for most of the game, the Buckeyes gave up two quick goals late in the third and lost 5-4 in overtime. This concludes their season, but not hopes for the program, which made huge strides as the year progressed.
  • In Thawed Ice- The OSU synchronized swimming team also finished second at nationals on Saturday… eleven places ahead of Michigan.
  • Getting Defensive- Over in the WHAC, the defense “won” Saturday’s spring scrimmage and then had the honor of hearing from some true heroes.
  • Speedy Recovery- Sounds as if Jalin Marshall’s surgery on Friday went smoothly… looking forward to seeing him in action this July.
  • This Week In Make Believe Stories- If you read this article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, you might catch the following quote from Coach Urban Meyer,

Why should Georgia’s elite 2015 prospects consider Ohio State? “You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There’s a lot to be offered up here.”

So, of course folks decided to make this statement a slight against the Crew and BlueJackets… because, Bianchi.  At any rate, we remind you of this:

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Non-Revenue Update: B1G Champs

Written March 11th, 2014 by Joe Dexter
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Logan Stieber avenged his only loss of the season Sunday, en route to his third straight conference title.

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.

Wrestling

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.

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Ohio State/Kent State Wrestling Preview

Written December 19th, 2013 by Patrick

The 9th ranked Buckeyes return to the mat Thursday night as they travel to NE Ohio to take on the Golden Flashes. This will be the first time back on the mat since the Bucks were destroyed by Penn State on Sunday.

The Buckeyes enter the match at 4-1 (0-1 B1G) and the Golden Flashes come in at 5-3 (2-0 MAC). The Buckeyes lead the overall series versus Kent State, 13-6, including the last four in a row.

Probable Starters

Ohio State (4-1; 0-1 B1G)

  • 125: no. 19 Nick Roberts, R-Fr., (18-5; 0-1 B1G)
  • 133: no. 6 Johnni DiJulius, R-so., (15-1; 1-0 B1G)
  • 141: no. 3 Logan Stieber, R-Jr., (9-1; 0-1 B1G)
  • 149: no. 20 Ian Paddock, sr., (16-6; 0-1 B1G)
  • 157: Randy Languis, R-Jr., (11-7; 0-1 B1G)
  • 165: Joe Grandominico, Jr., (7-8; 0-1 B1G)
  • 174: Mark Martin, so., (16-7; 0-1 B1G)
  • 184: no. 12 Kenny Courts, R-so., (17-3; 0-1 B1G)
  • 197: no. 5 Nick Heflin, sr., (9-0; 1-0 B1G)
  • HWT: Nick Tavanello, R-Fr., (15-8; 0-1 B1G)

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Grappling Bucks Fall On The Road To #1 Penn State

Written December 15th, 2013 by Patrick

In a year that many fans expected the wrestlers of scarlet and gray to compete for a team national championship, let alone a B1G team championship, it got of to the worse of worse starts for the Buckeyes. When OSU signed one of the most talented freshman classes in OSU history that included Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello and their 8 combined state titles, many felt that OSU could put a lineup out there to not only challenge defending national and B1G champion Penn State, but beat them. Then came the news from Tom Ryan that they would redshirt not only Jordan and Tomasello, but returning all american Hunter Stieber. A very curious move to say the least.

Fast forward to today in State College, PA where the 6th ranked Bucks would open their B1G conference slate with the best in the country. The Buckeyes would have little to smile about on this day, including the first loss of the season for two time defending champion Logan Stieber. Stieber ranked number 1 in the country at 141 pounds hadn’t lost since since February 12th, 2012 when he lost to defending national champ Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State in the national duals. Stieber had a slim 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd period where 9th ranked true freshman Zain Retherford of PSU would gain one minute of riding time, tying the match at 2-2 and sending it into overtime. As the one minute over time came to a close, Retherford scored the takedown to secure the upset.

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The two lone bright spots for the Buckeyes was at 133 and 197 pounds. Johnni DeJulius (133) continued his excellent season so far with a 3-2 win over James Gulibon of Penn State and returning all american Nick Heflin (197) won another close decision over Wesley Phipps 3-1.

The grappling Bucks travel north to Kent, OH on thursday to battle the Golden Flashes. Stop back on Thursday to catch a preview of this match and recap of the match afterwards.

An All Star Victory for a Wrestling Buckeye

Written November 3rd, 2013 by Patrick
Picking Up Where He Left Off

Picking Up Where He Left Off

As the 2013-2014 colligiate wrestling season approaches, the ever popular NWCA All Star Match took place in Washington D.C. The main event of the night featured two returning national champions from last year.

Ohio State Sophomore and two time defending national champion, Logan Steiber took on Oklahoma national champ Kendrick Maple. Steiber would bump up to the 149 weight class for this match, even though he weighed in at his 141 pounds due to the Michigan State Open next week.

Steiber grabbed the early lead with a takedown late in the first period. As the first period came to a close, Steiber was unable to keep Maple down as he escaped as the period ended. Steiber led 2-1 and Maple chose bottom to start the second period.

Kendrick Maple was quick to his feet for the escape to tie the match at 2. As the second period progressed with both wrestlers feeling each other out, Maple was able to score a takedown and ride Logan for a few seconds before Logan escaped.

The second period ended with Kendrick Maple leading 4-3. Steiber chose down to begin the third and quickly escaped to to tie the match at 4 and head to overtime.

After some exciting and close exchanges in the first overtime, we headed to the ride out. Logan Steiber chose bottom to start the first ride out period and scored a reversal right before the buzzer. Maple started on the bottom to begin the second ride out and Logan was able to ride out the returning champ for the entire 30 seconds to seal the win.

With the win, Logan Steiber also earned the Outstanding Wrestler of the 2013 All-Star Classic.

The wrestling Bucks are off to the Michigan State Open next weekend before opening their season on 11/15 at home vs Notre Dame (OH).

Stay tuned to The Buckeye Battle Cry for all your Buckeyes wrestling news.

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Buckeye Athletics Update

Written March 31st, 2013 by Janelle

Baseball

3/29-30 – Ohio State suffered an 8-7 loss to Michigan State after the Spartans scored 4 runs in the 8th inning. Greg Solomon went 3 for 4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored for the Buckeyes.  On Saturday, Kirby Pellant was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored as Ohio State paid the Spartans back with an 8-3 victory.

Boo Timko looks on after a shot at the Seahawk Intercollegiate

Boo Timko looks on after a shot at the Seahawk Intercollegiate

Golf

3/25 – Boo Timko led the Buckeyes with a 7-over 151 in the Seahawk Intercollegiate to finish 7th in the 12 team tournament. Grant Weaver finished 16th with a 9-over 153.

Men’s Lacrosse

3/30 – No. 5 Loyola defeated No. 12/13 Ohio State 9-4 on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  Senior Trey Wilkes was 5 for 11 for the Buckeyes and teammate Greg Dutton had 14 saves.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

3/30 – Ohio State finished 12th at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis over the weekend. Tamas Gercsak finished 9th in the 200 butterfly for the Buckeyes, tallying a time of 1:43.54. Teammate Alex Miller finished 19th in the 1650 freestyle with a personal best time of 14:57.29.

Men’s Tennis

3/24 – No. 5 Ohio State defeated Indiana 7-o to win its 163rd consecutive match at home. Connor Smith, ranked 37th notched the match winning point for the Buckeyes when he defeated Dimitrije Tasic 6-1, 6-4.

3/29 – No. 7 Ohio State beat Nebraska 6-1 on Friday evening. No. 13 Blaz Rola sealed the deal for the Buckeyes, winning 7-6 (2), 6-1 over Andre Stenger in second singles. Read More

Silver Bullet Points To Los Angeles

Written March 27th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, howdy-do, Buckeye nation! Thanks for paying attention to my little neck of the sunshine state… hope it works out as well as last time Ohio State had a team out here.  You know what? Since we’ve already got a visit scheduled to the Bay Area for September, what say we just go for the trifecta and come on back out this way in January. Multiple options for today’s soundtrack- Vintage, Old School, Hippie, Country, Top 40, Hip Hop, Rock. Oh, and I’ve got a great recommendation for a place to stay.

Silver Bullet, Knotts Berry Farm

Buckeye 411

  • Big Plays- In today’s scrimmage, both Heuerman and Fields had long receptions for scores, coming on the first play and a fourth down play action (respectively).
  • You Rock- Also, we found out today that former DeSales star and one time Michigan defensive end Chris Rock has returned home to Columbus to be a walk-0n third year sophomore at Ohio State. Given the last “walk on” from TTUN, there’s reason to be optimistic regarding his career as a Buckeye. If nothing else, he certainly helped my parenting skills.
  • Backup Plans- It seems that Tuesday’s practice was a chance for the staff to look a bit closer at some of the folks who might be called into service if there’s an injury. Kenny G sat out while Cardale took snaps with the second team, and Carlos Hyde gave way to the “young Bucks” in the backfield. Which brings us to…
  • A Good Problem To Have- Great reports from the Running Backs thus far; Rod Smith had an amazing practice Tuesday, while Brionte Dunn was singled out by some as a highlight  in last week’s practices. Not to be left out, Warren Ball’s shiftiness and ability to get extra yards seemed to be a constant part of Tuesday’s work. Oh, and there were even passes to a fullback during Tuesday’s drills.  Running Back by Committee ain’t to shabby when all of the Committee are stellar.
  • Rising To The Challenge- Coach Withers talked at the end of practice about his wanting to see more from Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, telling him that he wasn’t playing well enough to keep from being jumped on the depth chart by some of the incoming team.  On Tuesday, Brown seemed to be playing with that edge, making key plays in coverage as well as a crucial stop in the goal-line period.
  • Up Front- Coach Meyer talked about how positively he feels about the current offensive line; they’re picking up where they left off, and should be among the best in the conference. Defensively, Michael Bennett has taken a more vocal leadership role for the D, including a firey moment when the Offense managed to score. Bennett, according to Coach Meyer, has graded out as 5/6 “wins” for each practice.
  • New Crush Candidate- Since John Simon has chosen to leave me, I’m just going to get on #TeamSpence for the near future. From what we hear in practice, he’s going to be the next in great Ohio State rush ends. Read More

Logan Stieber Exemplifies March Madness with Title Run

Written March 19th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

Logan Stieber is the first National Champion from Ohio State since J Jaggers repeated as champ in 2009

Logan Stieber just might have experienced the longest 11 seconds of his life on Saturday in the 133 lb National Championship Match against undefeated Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State.

Holding onto a one point lead, the redshirt freshman saw an onslaught from who many considered the best wrestler in the country.

After escaping from bottom just 20 seconds into the third period, Oliver went on the offense, looking for numerous openings by dropping his knee to the mat and putting together several take down attempts with forward motion and hand control.

Down 4-3, everyone in the building had a feeling the defending champion would seize any small mistake made by the opposing redshirt freshman. Oliver had pinned all of his opponents on the way to the semi-finals, and cruised his way to finals mat with an 8-2 victory over Illinois’ B.J. Futrell.

For the first time though in two years, Oliver was in desperation mode.

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