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March 6, 2012

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Athletes of the Week
  • Logan Stieber, a redshirt freshman on the No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team, was crowned the 2012 Big Ten Champion at 133 pounds March 4 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The No. 1 seed, Stieber's team-leading 28th win on the season was a 5-2 decision over No. 2 seed Tony Ramos of Iowa. Stieber becomes Ohio State's 35th Big Ten champion and first since 2010 when Lance Palmer won the 149-pound title.

  • William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with 1 second left, lifting No. 10 Ohio State to a 72-70 win over No. 5 Michigan State March 4, forging a three-way tie for the Big Ten title. Buford scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half against the Spartans, helping the Buckeyes to a share of their third-consecutive Big Ten championship. For the week, which also included a win over Northwestern, Buford tallied 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

    Baseball (6-4)
    Head coach: Greg Beals

  • Behind a strong start from Jaron Long and clutch late-inning hitting, Ohio State topped rival Michigan, 9-4, in a non-conference game March 2 at Charlotte Sports Park.
  • On a windy March 3 in Florida, Ohio State split a doubleheader against Western Michigan at Port Charlotte Regional Park. The Buckeyes dropped Game 1, 15-8, and picked up a 5-2 win in Game 2.
  • Josh Dezse's sacrifice fly to score Joe Ciamacco in the 10th inning gave Ohio State a 4-3 victory March 4 at North Charlotte Regional Park.

    No. 10 Men's Basketball (25-6, 13-5 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Thad Matta

  • Jared Sullinger banked in a turnaround shot with 3.1 seconds left Feb. 29 and No. 10 Ohio State recovered after squandering a 13-point second-half lead to beat Northwestern 75-73.
  • William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with 1 second left, lifting No. 10 Ohio State to a 72-70 win over No. 5 Michigan State March 4, forging a three-way tie for the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5) earned a share of their third straight conference championship and forced the Spartans (24-7, 13-5) to settle for having a piece of it along with No. 13 Michigan.

    No. 14 Women's Basketball (25-6, 11-5 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Jim Foster

  • Samantha Prahalis was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Feb. 27 after setting a school record with 42 points in the win over Minnesota Feb. 23, averaging 30.0 points for the week.
  • Prahalis was named Big Ten player of the year by the coaches and the media Feb. 27, making it eight years in a row that a Buckeye has won the top individual honor. Prahalis also was the only unanimous first team all-Big Ten selection on both sides as well. Joining Prahalis on the first team is junior guard Tayler Hill, who also was named to the all-defensive team, as voted on by the coaches, for the second year in a row. Junior guard Amber Stokes joined Hill on the all-defensive team and also won Big Ten defensive player of the year honors. Sophomore Ashley Adams was given honorable mention honors by the media.
  • Hill hit three 3-pointers and scored 19 points as Ohio State held off a late charge to beat Michigan 57-48 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament March 2.
  • Jordan Hooper had 21 points and 10 rebounds March 3 as No. 24 Nebraska knocked off No. 14 Ohio State 77-62 in the semifinals of the Big Ten women's tournament.

    Fencing
    Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov

  • Three members of the Ohio State fencing squad claimed gold in individual competition at the 2012 Midwest Fencing Conference Championships in South Bend, Ind., March 3. Ohio State led all schools with 12 fencers earning medals. Alison Miller finished atop the women's sabre standings as the Scarlet and Gray claimed three of the top four spots. Miller was 5-0 in pool play before downing teammates in three consecutive bouts to claim the title. The Chicago, Ill., native narrowly defeated Chelsea Martinez, 15-13, in the quarterfinals before earning a championship berth with a 15-9 victory over Celina Merza. Miller edged Margarita Tschomakova, 15-9, to claim her first MFC title.
  • Ohio State ended Notre Dame's two-year reign as Midwest Fencing Conference champions March 4, a day after three Buckeyes claimed individual titles. Led by head coach Vladimir Nazlymov, the squad has won eight of the last 10 conference championships.

    No. 5 Men's Gymnastics
    Head coach: Rustam Sharipov

  • No. 5 Ohio State fell at No. 3 Illinois, 355.100-341.300, March 2 at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Buckeyes soared their way to a season-high 59.100 on vault in the meet vs. the Illini, while senior co-captain Ty Echard shared the pommel horse title with a season-high 15.2.

    No. 14 Women's Gymnastics
    Head coach: Carey Fagan

  • Ohio State sophomore Sarah Miller has been named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 27. The award is the second consecutive Gymnast of the Week honor for the Buckeyes after Colleen Dean earned the award last week. It marks the seventh Big Ten weekly laurel of Miller's career.
  • No. 14 Ohio State defeated Kent State, 196.925-195.775, March 2 in St. John Arena.

    Men's Ice Hockey (15-15-5, 11-12-5-1 CCHA)
    Head coach: Mark Osiecki

  • Ohio State lost game one of its CCHA tournament first-round series at No. 18 Notre Dame, 2-0, March 2 at the Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.
  • In game two of its CCHA tournament first-round series March 3, Ohio State lost to No. 18 Notre Dame, 4-2, to give the Irish a sweep of the series and a berth in the quarterfinals. The loss ends the Buckeyes' season, as the squad falls to 15-15-5.

    Women's Ice Hockey (16-16-4, 13-14-1-1 WCHA)
    Head coach: Nate Handrahan

  • Ohio State senior forward Natalie Spooner is a Top 10 finalist for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, USA Hockey announced March 1. Spooner is the fifth Buckeye to be named a finalist to the award that honors the top NCAA Division I women's college hockey student-athlete.
  • Spooner added another honor to her resume this season after being named to the All-WCHA first team, the conference announced March 1. This is Spooner's third postseason honor after earning first-team laurels following the 2009-10 season and second-team honors last season.

    No. 16/17 Men's Lacrosse (3-1, 1-0 ECAC)
    Head coach: Nick Myers

  • No. 16/17-ranked Ohio State lost to No. 13/13 Penn State, 5-2, March 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Nittany Lions win the inaugural Creator's Trophy after Penn State defeated both Michigan and Ohio State in 2012.

    No. 14 Women's Lacrosse (5-1)
    Head coach: Alexis Venechanos

  • 10th-ranked Ohio State lost its first game of the 2012 season, falling to No. 14 Notre Dame 16-7 March 4 at Ohio Stadium.

    Pistol
    Head coach: James Sweeney

  • Ten members of the Ohio State pistol team have received invitations to shoot at the NRA National Pistol Championships. The event will be held March 14-17 in Ft. Benning, Ga.

    Softball (11-8)
    Head coach: Linda Kalafatis

  • It was a memorable day for the Ohio State softball program as the Buckeyes posted two victories March 2 at the 2012 Citrus Classic to claim the 1,000-win milestone in program history. Ohio State shut out Georgetown, 5-0, in game one and closed out the historic afternoon with a 12-3 victory in five innings vs. Longwood at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
  • Ohio State dropped a 3-1 extra-inning contest to Notre Dame at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida, March 3.
  • Ohio State its final two games of the 2012 Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. The Buckeyes fell 1-0 March 3 vs. Hofstra before losing 4-0 against Pitt March 4.

    Women's Swimming and Diving
    Head coach: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano

  • Nine Ohio State swimmers have received invitations to compete in the NCAA championships March 15-17 at Auburn. Ohio State is 14th in the latest CSCAA rankings and posted a 10-0 dual-meet record before finishing third at the Big Ten championships.

    No. 2 Men's Tennis (15-1)
    Head coach: Ty Tucker

  • Blaz Rola was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week Feb. 29 after recording two singles and two doubles wins last weekend.
  • Second-ranked Ohio State won its third-consecutive match after battling No. 26 Notre Dame to a 5-2 win March 3 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The victory was the Buckeyes' seventh-consecutive against the Fighting Irish.

    Women's Tennis (5-7, 0-1 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher

  • Ohio State fell to Oregon, 4-3, on the road in Eugene, Ore., March 4. The Buckeyes took the doubles point, but could not hold off the Ducks (7-2) in singles play. Each of Ohio State's last four losses have been 4-3 decisions.

    No. 13 Men's Track and Field
    Head coach: Robert Gary

  • Ohio State's Distance Medley relay team ran a school-record time of 9:31.71 March 2 at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. Chris Fallon, Korbin Smith, Dan White and Cory Leslie broke the previous record set in 2006 by more than 16 seconds in finishing sixth overall. The Buckeyes' time is among the 12 best in Division I this season and will put the team in consideration for an at-large bid to next weekend's NCAA championships. Home-standing Notre Dame beat out a competitive field to win the race in an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 9:29.72.
  • Ohio State's 4x400m relay team qualified for next weekend's NCAA championships by posting a school indoor-record time of 3:06.15 March 3 at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. Antonio Blanks, Smith, Marvel Brooks and All-American Thomas Murdaugh's combined time bettered a 19-year-old record and helped the group to a fourth place overall finish behind Mississippi State, Penn State, and Pittsburgh. The top-4 times on the day were NCAA automatic qualifiers and among the seven best in Division I this season.

    No. 10 Women's Track and Field
    Head coach: Karen Dennis

  • Ohio State senior All-American Christina Manning has been chosen by the Big Ten conference to receive two of the season's highest honors after her record-breaking performances at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend. The Buckeyes used five school records and numerous personal-best performances to place second at the Big Ten championships behind host Nebraska. Manning was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships for the second consecutive year after claiming conference titles in the 60m hurdles and 60m dash and a runner-up finish in the 200m dash.
  • Manning was also named to the Watch List for The Bowerman March 1 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Bowerman is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

    No. 9/8 Men's Volleyball (13-6, 3-1 MIVA)
    Head coach: Pete Hanson

  • No. 9/8 Ohio State pulled off a five-set thriller with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-14, 15-11) win over Saint Francis in Loretto, Pa., March 2. Senior opposite Shawn Sangrey set a career high, notching a match-best 33 kills in the win.
  • No. 9/8 Ohio State pushed the No. 6/4 Penn State Nittany Lions to their first five-set match this season, but the Buckeyes' come back fell short as the team lost 3-2 (25-17, 25-19, 27-29, 22-25, 15-13) March 3 in Rec Hall.

    No. 7 Wrestling
    Head coach: Tom Ryan

  • Logan Stieber, a redshirt freshman on the No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team, was crowned the 2012 Big Ten Champion at 133 pounds March 4 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The No. 1 seed, Stieber's team-leading 28th win on the season was a 5-2 decision over No. 2 seed Tony Ramos of Iowa.


    Ohio State Athletics Schedule
    March 5-18

    March 5-6
    Women's Golf at Hurricane Invitational, All Day
    Miami, Fla.

    March 8-11
    Men's Basketball at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
    Indianapolis, Ind.

    March 9-10
    Rifle NCAA Championships, 8 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range and French Field House

    March 9-11
    Men's and Women's Track and Field at NCAA Championships, All Day
    Nampa, Idaho

    Men's and Women's Swimming Columbus Grand Prix, All Day
    Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

    March 9
    Baseball vs. Marist, 12 p.m.
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Men's Tennis vs. Texas A&M, 6 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

    Men's Gymnastics vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Men's Lacrosse vs. Robert Morris, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

    March 10
    Baseball at Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m.
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Women's Gymnastics at North Carolina, 1 p.m.
    Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Baseball vs. Toledo, 5 p.m.
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    March 11
    Men's Tennis vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

    Baseball at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Men's Tennis vs. University of Northwest Ohio, 5 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

    March 14-17
    Pistol at National Collegiate Championships, TBA
    Ft. Benning, Ga.

    March 15-17
    Women's Swimming at NCAA Championships, All Day'
    Auburn, Ala.

    Synchronized Swimming at US Collegiate National Championships, TBA
    Gainesville, Fla.

    Wrestling at NCAA Championships, TBA
    St. Louis, Mo.

    March 16
    Baseball vs. Austin Peay, 5:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium

    Softball vs. Tennessee State, 7:15 p.m.
    Nashville, Tenn.

    March 17
    Softball vs. Belmont, 11:15 a.m.
    Nashville, Tenn.

    Men's Lacrosse vs. Virginia, 1 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

    Baseball vs. Austin Peay, 3:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium

    Women's Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Softball vs. Mercer, 6 p.m.
    Nashville, Tenn.

    March 18
    Softball vs. St. Bonaventure, 9 a.m.
    Nashville, Tenn.

    Women's Tennis at Tulane, 11 a.m.
    New Orleans, La.

    Women's Lacrosse at Canisius, 1 p.m.
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    Baseball vs. Austin Peay, 1:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium

    Men's Volleyball at Ball State, 5 p.m.
    Muncie, Ind.

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