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.
Congratulations to Ohio State’s Blaz Rola, who is the NCAA Men’s Singles Champion after besting Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins 7-6(8), 6-4 on Monday!
5/23-25 - On Thursday, the No. 2 seed Buckeyes opened Big Ten Tournament play with a 3-2 win over No. 3 seed Nebraska. In the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, Troy Kuhn walked to plate Pat Porter to give Ohio State the win. Zach Ratcliff was 3 for 4 for Ohio State, tallying his second multi-hit game of his collegiate career. On Friday, the Buckeyes lost to 1-seed Indiana 11-3. Kuhn was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Bucks. On Saturday, Ohio State was eliminated from the tournament by Nebraska with a 5-0 loss. Jacob Bosiokovic was 2 for 3 for the Buckeyes, tallying his 14th multi-hit game of the season. Ohio State will find out its NCAA fate on Monday.
5/18 – Ohio State was defeated by Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals by a score of 16-6 after winning in the first round with a 16-6 defeat of Towson. Logan Schuss and Jesse King both posted three points for the Bucks. Ohio State finished the season 13-4, the most for the team since 1978. It was the second NCAA tournament appearance for the team, the other coming in 2008.
Welcome to Monday Musings, glad to see you. Grab your coffee and let’ proceed. Let’s tee this up with women’s golf.
The NCAA tournament Regionals were played May 9-11, and Coach Hessian’s Ohio State team traveled to Palo Alto to compete in the Western Region. They didn’t leave their heart in San Francisco, but they did end their season in Palo Alto. Unfortunately, the golf didn’t go as well as planned as the Buckeyes finished 15th in the 24 team field. The top eight (8) team from each region advanced to the next round.
It was another near miss (more below) for the Buckeyes who finished the event at +47 to par, while the cut-off score to advance was +37. It was a ‘near miss’ in the respect that over the course of the three-round tournament, if each of the five players could have shot one stroke lower per round, OSU would have advanced. If one more tee shot would have found the fairway, if one more putt would have dropped…
I thought this was a transition year for the Buckeyes, having lost three key players from last year’s team: Vicky Villanueva (graduation), Rachel Rohanna (left school for LPGA) and Big Ten Freshman of Year Kendall Prince (transfer). That’s a lot of talent to replace. Fortunately, the openings gave underclassmen Claudia Lim, Jan Chanpalangsri and Sheridan Balyeat ample playing time. As I expected, under Coaches Hession and Strom, the Buckeyes gradually improved their play as the season progressed. It was enjoyable to see their improvement.
4/6 – No. Ohio State finished with a team score of 196. 50 to finish fourth at the NCAA Regional at St. John Arena. Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer qualified for the NCAA Championships after Miller tied for first on balance beam and Shaffer finished fourth in the all-around.
4/3 – Ohio State defeated San Diego State 19-11 as eight Buckeyes scored points. Kaila Gottlick and Katie Chase paced the Buckeyes with four goals a piece.
4/5-6 – Ohio State fell to No. 12 TSUN on Friday 5-1 despite outhitting the Wolverines over the last five innings. The Buckeyes finished with six hits, one of which belonged to junior Melissa Rennie, who claimed her 10th multi-hit game. On Saturday, the Buckeyes again fell to the Wolverines 11-0 in five innings. Read More
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.
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.
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.
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
3/10-11 – Despite a pair of doubles by Pat Porter, Ohio State fell 3-1 last Saturday to Coastal Carolina. On Saturday, they beat the Chanticleers 3-2. Joe Ciamacco paced the Buckeyes by going 3 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored.
3/12 – Ohio State defeated Charleston Southern 6-3 on Tuesday, finishing up its road trip to South Carolina. In the bottom of the third, Charleston Southern tied the game at 3-3, and it remained tied until the top of the eighth when the Buckeyes took the lead 5-3 after an RBI single from Greg Solomon. Tim Wetzel pushed the lead to 6-3 in the top of the ninth with a solo home run, and the Buckeyes never looked back.
3/15-16 – Ohio State opened up its home schedule on Friday with a 4-1 victory over Bryant. Pat Porter led the Bucks going 2 for 4, finishing with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored. On Saturday, the Buckeyes lost 3-2 to Bryant. Aaron Gretz was 1 for 3 for Ohio State with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
3/15 – The Buckeyes fell 3-2 in the CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal opener to Ferris State on Friday evening. In the third period, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead, and their goalie stopped all 10 Buckeye attempts. Brady Hjelle finished with 18 saves for the Bucks.
3/16 – The Buckeyes beat Ferris State in game two of the CCHA Tournament Quarterfinals 4-2 to force a game three in the series. Ryan Dzingel, Max McCormick, & Nick Oddo scored three straight goals to carry the Bucks to victory while goalie Brady Hjelle had 27 saves.
3/17 – Ohio State defeated Ferris State to advance to the Semifinals of the CCHA Tournament, where they will face Notre Dame. Read More
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
1/25 – No. 5 Ohio State placed second at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday with a score of 429.400. They finished second behind No. 4 Oklahoma. The Buckeyes won event titles in floor exercises and the vault. They also had two individual titles as Danny Steiner won the floor exercises while John Laing won the pommel horse.
Men’s Ice Hockey
1/25-26 – The Buckeyes defeated Lake Superior State twice this weekend. On Friday, they won 3-2 after goals by Riley Simpson, Curtis Gedig, and Tanner Fritz. Goalie Brady Hjelle had 34 saves for the Bucks. On Saturday, Ohio State won 6-1 against the Lakers. The Buckeyes got points from 12 players and Hjelle had 30 saves in the game.
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