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.
The Ohio State women’s soccer team picked up a 3-1 win over Michigan State Saturday and ended a 3-match winless streak at the same time.
With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 8-3-3 overall, 2-2-2 in the Big Ten, while the Spartans drop to 7-5-2, 1-5-0 in conference play.
Neither team scored early in a physical first half but Ohio State broke through when Ellyn Gruber headed home a Nichelle Prince cross from eight yards to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 in the 38th minute.
Ohio State had another opportunity in the 52nd minute when Gruber controlled a through ball from Paradiso, dribbled between two Spartan defenders and flicked a shot from 10 yards out on the left wing, but Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem was able to get a hand on it and deflect the shot wide.
The Buckeyes extended the lead to 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Taylor Schissler found Kayla Varner down the left wing and the junior played a nice through ball to Prince who flicked a shot underneath a diving Clem.
The Spartans scored four minutes later, however, Ohio State answered right back in the 80th minute when Paradiso possessed on the right wing, beat a Spartan defender and finished far post from 12 yards.
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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
3/10-11 – 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
3/9 – No. 4 Ohio State defeated No. 15 UIC by a score of 439.200-409.050 on Saturday at St. John Arena. Six Buckeyes won individual event titles at the meet (floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, and parallel & high bars. Junior Michael Newberger won his fourth event title of the season on the pommel horse. Teammate Alex Johnson won his second consecutive title on the high bar.
3/9 – No. 8/11 Ohio State was defeated by No. 7/7 Denver 10-9 on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. At halftime, the Pioneers led 6-5, and then they took an 8-5 lead in the third quarter. In the fourth, Ohio State cut the Denver lead to 2 at 9-7 after a Charlie Schnider goal. Later on, they cut the lead to one at 10-9, but they were unable to score again to tie. Logan Schuss had 3 points for the Buckeyes while teammate & goalie Greg Dutton had nine saves.
Men’s Track & Field
3/9 – Buckeye senior Chris Fallon took sixth in the mile at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His time of 4:02.28 earned him a sixth place finish and First Team All-America Honors. Read More
2/2 – Despite posting their overall highest score of the season, the No. 5 Buckeyes fell to No. 1 Penn State on Saturday by a score of 444.300-432.300. Michael Newburger claimed the pommel horse title for the Buckeyes with a score of 15.400, a career-high. Jake Martin claimed the high bar title for Ohio State with a score of 15.500.
Men’s Ice Hockey
2/1-2 – On Friday night, Ohio State scored 5 goals in the second period en route to defeating Notre Dame 6-3. After the first period, the Irish led 1-o, but 3:12 into the second, the Buckeyes scored 3 goals in about two minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Ohio State goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the game. On Saturday, Ohio State tied the Irish 2-2 in overtime. Hjelle had a career-high 45 saves in the game.
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