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March 26, 2013

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Athletes of the Week
  • Logan Stieber, a redshirt sophomore on the Ohio State wrestling team, defended his 133-pound title at the 2013 NCAA Championships Saturday night and finished the season undefeated with a 27-0 record. In the final, Stieber defeated Tony Ramos of Iowa, 7-4, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. In five meetings vs. Ramos, Stieber is 5-0, including 2-0 in 2013. In the previous meeting this season, Stieber narrowly defeated Ramos, 3-1, in the Big Ten championship final March 10. Saturday evening, Stieber, the No. 1 seed, won by decision for just the third time in 2013 with the 7-4 victory. For the year, 85 percent of Stieber's matches were bonus point victories, including a team-leading 14 falls and seven technical falls, as well as two major decisions.

  • During the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas, senior fencer Marco Canevari advanced to the championships bouts and defeated Jonathan Yergler of Princeton to bring home the individual title for the Buckeyes. At the 2012 NCAA Championships, Canevari tied for third place after falling to eventual champion Yergler 15-10. This year, the Milano, Italy native defeated Yergler, the 2012 national champion, 15 touches to nine to garner the individual national champion title in men's epee.

  • Women's gymnastics junior Sarah Miller and senior Aly Marohn each posted a 9.900 to tie for the Big Ten title on balance beam at the Big Ten Championships Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. The two All-Big Ten selections become the first Buckeye gymnasts to win a Big Ten individual title since Lindsey Vagedes won vault and beam in 1999.

    Baseball (15-6, 3-0 Big Ten)
    Head Coach: Greg Beals

  • Ohio State opened its Big Ten slate with a 10-1 win over Purdue Friday evening at Alexander Field.
  • Brad Hallberg finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Tim Wetzel went 2-for-3 with a career-high four RBI. Jaron Long picked up the win for the Buckeyes, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out four over 8.0 innings pitched. The right-hander threw 98 pitches, 70 strikes, and didn't walk a batter.
  • Wetzel's triple in the sixth was his seventh extra-base hit of the season, tying his total from last season.
  • Joe Ciamacco set a career high with three walks against the Boilermakers.
  • Ohio State took both games of a doubleheader from Purdue to sweep the series against the Boilermakers Saturday at Alexander Field. The Buckeyes won the first game, 8-3, before picking up a 7-0 victory in the nightcap.
  • Brad Goldberg picked up the win for the Buckeyes to move to 3-0 on the season, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out four over five innings. Ryan Riga pitched the final four frames to earn his first career save.
  • Kirby Pellant went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while Ryan Cypret, Jacob Bosiokovic and Hallberg each tallied three hits for the Buckeyes.
  • Trace Dempsey came on in the ninth to replace King, who tossed eight shutout frames, allowing three hits while striking out a career-high eight Boilermakers. Dempsey then tossed a perfect ninth as the Buckeyes earned the series sweep.
  • Porter finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI while Wetzel, Hallberg and Ciamacco each had two-hit games.
  • Ohio State tallied a season-high 17 hits in the first game Saturday while the four hits for Pellant in Game 1 marked a career high.
  • Ohio State starting pitchers allowed just two earned runs on 21.0 innings pitched against the Boilermakers.
  • The Buckeyes take on Toledo at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

    Men's Basketball (28-7)
    Head Coach: Thad Matta

  • Ohio State advanced to its fourth-consecutive Sweet 16, defeating Iowa State, 78-75, Sunday afternoon at the University of Dayton Arena.
  • Ohio State will play Arizona at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Thursday, March 28 in the West Regional Semifinal of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
  • Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun Thomas (22 points), Aaron Craft (18) and LaQuinton Ross (17).
  • With 22 points, Thomas moved to No. 12 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,587 total points), passing Terence Dials (1,566 points) and Allan Hornyak (1,572 points). He needs 10 points to surpass Robin Freeman (1,597 points).
  • Thomas is tied for third on Ohio State's all-time NCAA tournament scoring list with William Buford at 162 points, passing John Havlicek (156).
  • With 18 points Sunday, Craft has scored in double figures 17 games this season.
  • With six assists against the Cyclones, Craft is No. 2 on the all-time at Ohio State with 523. He needs 57 assists to pass Jamar Butler for the No. 1 spot.
  • After not making an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Ross contributed with 24 points and 10 rebounds in two games.
  • Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State's front line, and the Buckeyes ran away to a 95-70 victory over Iona in the second round of the West Regional.
  • Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Thomas (24 points), Thompson (20), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (12) and Evan Ravenel (11). The last time Ohio State had two players with 20 points in a game: Thomas (26) and Jared Sullinger (23) vs. Cincinnati on March 22, 2012.
  • Ohio State scored a season-high 95 points (previous high 91 vs. Missouri-Kansas City), fourth most by an OSU team in an NCAA tournament game. The team also tied a season best with 25 assists, the second most by a Buckeye team in a tournament game.
  • Craft and Shannon Scott combined for 17 assists, eight rebounds, six steals and only four turnovers.
  • Thompson scored a career-high 20 points, and collected a career-high 10 rebounds, passing 150 for his career (159). He also shot 8-of-8 at the free throw, career highs in both makes and attempts.
  • Scott tied a career high with 10 assists, second most in an NCAA tournament game for a Buckeye player.
  • Trey McDonald scored a career-high five points and Ravenel tied a career-high with three blocks.

    Fencing
    Head Coach: Vladimir Nazlymov

  • Ohio State finished in fourth place Sunday after four days of competition at the NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas. The Buckeyes extended their streak of Top 5 finishes to 12 years and combined for 146 victories and 993 touches scored between the men and women.
  • Senior Marco Canevari marked the Scarlet and Gray's single individual champion title by securing the gold medal in men's epee Friday.
  • Mona Shaito led the Buckeyes by finishing the pool rounds in fourth place, advancing to the semifinals bouts as one of the Top 4 in the weapon. She lost to eventual champion Lee Kiefer of Notre Dame 15-5 to finish tied for third.
  • Mona's sister, Mai Shaito, finished her NCAA debut in 16th place after winning nine bouts and recording 78 touches scored.
  • Senior Katarzyna Dabrowa, 2012 women's epee national champion, finished the pool rounds in sixth place, falling short of making the semifinals bouts.
  • In women's sabre, Alison Miller proved strong for the Buckeyes. Ranked fifth after the pool rounds were complete, the senior missed qualifying for the semifinal bouts by a small margin.
  • Overall, the Scarlet and Gray finished the 2013 NCAA Championships with 146 points to come in fourth place behind Penn State (163), Notre Dame (175), and Princeton (182). This marks Ohio State's 12th consecutive Top 5 finish at the championships and the final competition of its 2012-2013 season.

    Men's Golf
    Head Coach: Donnie Darr

  • Battling 30 mph winds and soggy conditions, the Ohio State men's golf team finished seventh at the Seahawk Intercollegiate Monday with a 36-hole score of 618. The tournament was shortened due to inclement weather Sunday and the 12-team field finished competition Monday on the par 72, 6,877-yard Country Club of Landfall Nicklaus Golf Course.
  • Sophomore Boo Timko led the Buckeyes, finishing tied for 10th with a 7-over 151 (75-76). Classmate Grant Weaver came in tied for 16th after recording scores of 77 and 76 for a 9-over 153.
  • Up next, the Buckeyes return to Florida for the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla., Apr. 7-8.

    Women's Golf
    Head Coach: Therese Hession

  • Ohio State had a bye week; the Buckeyes will next compete in the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational April 5-6 in Dallas.

    No. 5 Men's Gymnastics (6-6-1)
    Head Coach: Rustam Sharipov

  • Ohio State fell to No. 2 Oklahoma, 441.250-426.750, Saturday night at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.
  • Ohio State posted a 74.35 on vault to win the event title. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven claimed his third consecutive individual event title on vault with a career-high 15.45.
  • Four other Buckeyes claimed top three finishes as redshirt junior Michael Newburger notched a 14.90 to place second on pommel horse, sophomore Larry Mayer scored a 15.10 to place second on vault, junior Misha Koudinov posted a season-high 15.00 to finish second on parallel bars and senior Blaize Monks notched a 14.95 to finish third on high bar.
  • The Buckeyes have a bye week before opening the postseason at the Big Ten Championships April 5-6 in the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota. The team and all-around competition will be held on Friday while the individual championships will take place on Saturday. Competition is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET both days.

    No. 20 Women's Gymnastics
    Head Coach: Carey Fagan

  • Ohio State posted a 195.950 for a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships Saturday at Jenison Field House. The Buckeyes finished fifth at the championships behind Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois.
  • The Buckeyes began the meet on vault, posting a 48.750. Sarah Miller paced Ohio State with a 9.850 while Aly Marohn notched a 9.800.
  • Ohio State then moved to bars in the second rotation, tallying a 48.925. Victoria Aepli scored a career-best 9.875 for a second-place finish while Melanie Shaffer posted a 9.800.
  • The Buckeyes competed on beam in the third rotation, posting a season-best 49.150 on the event for a first-place finish in the early session. Miller and Marohn again led the Buckeyes, each recording a 9.900 to tie for the Big Ten title.
  • Ohio State concluded the meet on floor exercise, notching a 49.125 to finish second on the event. Miller tallied a team-best 9.900 to tie for third while Aepli and Shaffer each recorded a 9.850.
  • The Buckeyes will host an NCAA Regional at 6 p.m. April 6 in St. John Arena. Participants will be decided during a selection show on NCAA.com at 3 p.m. Monday.

    Men's Hockey (16-17-7)
    Head Coach: Mark Osiecki

  • Despite 41 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, the Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 9-ranked Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
  • Ryan Dzingel ends the year as the team's leading scorer with 38 points. He was the co-leader as a freshman last season with 24 points. He led the 2013 squad with 16 goals. He had career highs for goals, assists and points this year. He had a point in 15 of the last 18 games.
  • Tanner Fritz was the team leader with 26 assists and ranked second with 37 points, all career highs. He had a point in 16 of the last 20 outings.
  • Hjelle's .935 save percentage is the best for a Buckeye in a single season in program history, topping the .924 Caruso recorded in 2004. Hjelle's season goals-against average of 2.00 is the second-best in school history, behind only the 1.97 Dave Caruso posted in 2004.
  • Hjelle ends his career as the Buckeyes' all-time leader in career save percentage, with his .933 passing Jeff Maund's mark of .921 from 1998-99. Hjelle is second in goals-against average as a Buckeye, as his 2.08 is just .01 behind Dave Caruso (2003-06). In his four-year collegiate career, Hjelle had a 2.30 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 63 games played (56 starts). He had five career shutouts as a Buckeye to tie for fifth and his four whitewashes this season are tied for third in a single year.
  • Dzingel (38) and Fritz (37) had the most points for a Buckeye since 2010 when Zac Dalpe had 45.
  • Sophomore Max McCormick had his nine-game scoring streak ended vs. the Irish. He was second on the team with 15 goals and third with 31 points. Freshman defenseman Craig Dalrymple had his seven-game point streak ended. He led the squad's rookies and blueliners with 14 assists and 17 points.
  • Devon Krogh, the current team's leader with 129 games played, skated in his final game as a Buckeye. The game was also the last for seniors Brandon Martell, Alex Carlson and Jeff Michael.

    No. 8 Men's Lacrosse (6-2, 1-1 ECAC)
    Head Coach: Nick Myers

  • Ohio State lost to No. 3 Notre Dame, 9-4, Wednesday inside the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Ind.
  • Greg Dutton had a season-high 10 saves in the game and now has an 8.41 goals-against average this season.
  • Ohio State won 8-of-17 faceoffs, with senior Trey Wilkes winning 8-of-15. He has won 72-of-123 (.585) this year and entered the game leading the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage.
  • Reigning ECAC Specialist of the Week Michael Italiano led Ohio State with five and has 19 in his last four games combined.
  • Wilkes is first on the team with 25 groundballs, followed by junior Darius Bowling with 24 and Italiano with 20.
  • Schuss extended his point streak to 52 (118-72-190) and his streak with multiple points to 28 games, while King has a nine-game goal scoring streak (18) and is on a 13-game point streak (23-13-36).
  • Freshman Carter Brown, who was held scoreless for the first time in his Buckeye career, is first with 11 assists and third with 21 points.
  • With four goals and five points from senior Logan Schuss and 13 saves from junior goalie Dutton, Ohio State posted a 9-7 road win at Bellarmine in an ECAC Lacrosse League game Saturday night in Louisville, Ky.
  • Schuss had four goals and an assist for five points in the victory, while freshman Brown scored twice and added an assist for a three-point game. Sophomore Jesse King had two assists in the victory. Ohio State won 12-of-19 faceoffs, led by senior Wilkes with 10.
  • Ohio State had the edge in groundballs, 12-7, with Wilkes winning 10 and freshman Kacy Kapinos winning both faceoffs he took. Ohio State won the groundball battle, 25-15, led by four from Wilkes and freshman Robby Haus. Ohio State had seven caused turnovers, with junior Joe Meurer and senior Dominique Alexander each forcing two.
  • Schuss extended his point streak to 53 games, with a 122-73-195 line in the stretch. He is first on the team with 20 goal and 30 points this season and second with 10 assists. He has multiple points in each of his last 29 games.
  • Ohio State, wrapping up a stretch of three-consecutive road games in a week, will now host back-to-back ECAC Lacrosse League contests. The squad will host defending NCAA and league champion Loyola at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Hobart at noon April 6. Both games are scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

    Women's Lacrosse (3-5, 0-1 ALC)
    Head Coach: Alexis Venechanos

  • Ohio State fell to No. 2 Florida 13-7 Saturday afternoon at Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Katie Chase finished with a team-high three goals, while Kaila Gottlick helped pace the attack with two and goalie Tori DeScenza had nine saves, including six in the first half.
  • Ohio State continues ALC play with fourth-ranked Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at Lakeside Field in Evanston in the first of three BTN-televised contests this season. Mike Wolf and Kara Kentz will call the conference showdown live on BTN. The Wildcats are 7-1 on the season, up 2-0 in the ALC race and off until they host the Buckeyes next week.

    Pistol
    Head Coach: James Sweeney

  • Ohio State scored a 6,209 to place fourth at the National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships held in Columbus, Ga., at Fort Benning March 12-15.
  • The Buckeyes earned a third place finish in the Women's National Intercollegiate Championship.
  • Ohio State junior Joe Totts was crowned the national individual champion in standard pistol with a 548. Junior Kim Hullings earned third place in both sport pistol (560) and women's two-gun aggregate and sixth place in women's air pistol with a 370. Senior Blake Reburn advanced to the finals competition in both free and air pistol, placing eighth and sixth respectively.
  • Reburn, Totts, junior A.J. Tourigny, sophomore Greyson McCaig, senior Jason Reineck, and Hullings earned All-American honors.

    Softball (20-9, 2-1 Big Ten)
    Head Coach: Kelly Kovach Schoenly

  • Ohio State defeated Indiana, 9-5, in game one of a three game conference series at Buckeye Field Friday afternoon.
  • Offensively, Ohio State was led by junior Evelyn Carrillo, who went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while classmate Leesa Gresham was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored.
  • Sophomore Caitlin Conrad was 2-for-2 with two RBI, while senior Megan Coletta posted a pair of hits, including a double and two runs scored. Overall, Ohio State outhit the Hoosiers, 14-8.
  • In the circle, redshirt junior Melanie Nichols improved to 3-1 overall, throwing two innings, allowing two runs on one hit with a walk, while sophomore Olivia O'Reilly posted her first career save, working the final two innings, allowing no runs or hits with one strikeout.
  • Ohio State softball team posted its first Big Ten series win of the season after splitting a doubleheader against Indiana Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field.
  • In the first game, Gresham was 2-for-5 with a double and run scored, while sophomore Shelby Pickett was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Coletta went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.
  • Ohio State notched 11 hits on eight runs against Indiana in game two, while Alex DiDomenico limited the IU bats to two runs on three hits to improve to 8-3 overall in 2013 as Ohio State won 8-2 to wrap up the opening weekend at Buckeye Field.
  • Offensively, Ohio State was led by Taylor Watkins, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and a season-high four RBI. Gresham was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Pickett went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.
  • Ohio State hits the road for its first Big Ten trip with a three-game series at Purdue March 29-31 in West Lafayette, Ind. Game two Saturday will be televised live on BTN.

    Men's Swimming
    Head Coach: Bill Wadley

  • Ohio State will compete at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis March 28-30.

    Women's Swimming
    Head Coach: Bill Dorenkott

  • Behind All-American performances from sophomore diver Cheyenne Cousineau and senior swimmer Shannon Draves, the Ohio State women's swimming and diving team rounded out the 2013 NCAA Championships Saturday in 28th-place.
  • Representing the OSU diving unit, Cousineau did not disappoint in her signature event, the 10-meter diving platform. The Temperance, Mich. native, qualified for the A-Final in prelims with a score of 300.96. Cousineau went on to conclude the evening in the same spot after posting a finals score of 298.70.
  • In swimming action, Draves earned her second-consecutive trip to the consolation finals of the 200 butterfly after recording a time of 1:55.80 in the preliminary round of competition. A native of Gilbertsville, Pa., Draves ended her illustrious Buckeye career with a 12th-place finish in 1:56.27, earning honorable mention All-America recognition in the process.
  • In the 400 freestyle relay, the contingent of Michelle Williams, Alex Norris, Annie Jongekrijg and Phoebe Cater placed just inside the Top 20 after dropping a season-best time of 3:18.41 in prelims.
  • The relay event wrapped a busy day of competition for Norris who also posted a time of 16:24.10 in the 1650 freestyle for a 33rd-place showing.
  • Other individuals representing Ohio State on the final day of competition were seniors Emily Creran and Kelsey Moran.
  • In preliminary competition of the 200 backstroke, Creran touched in 1:54.39 for a 19th-place finish, while Moran earned 40th with a time of 1:56.65.

    Synchronized Swimming
    Head Coach: Holly Vargo-Brown

  • Tallying a total of 78 points, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team finished second in the finals competition of the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Championships Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • The Buckeyes were awarded three silver medals in the event. Julia Gaylard notched a second-place finish in her B Figures routine Friday, while junior Yuliya Maryanko was awarded second-place in the solo competition Saturday with a score of 87.2375.
  • The Scarlet Team, comprised of Chelsea Aton, Kayley Colville, Katie LaBounty, Maryanko, Lauren Nicholson, Paige Ramsey, Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto, collected a silver medal with a score of 89.3625.
  • Ohio State will compete in its last event of the season in Greensboro, N.C., April 10.

    No. 5 Men's Tennis (18-2, 3-0 Big Ten)
    Head Coach: Ty Tucker

  • Ohio State defeated Louisville, 6-1, Tuesday night at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.
  • The Buckeyes started the match vs. Louisville the same way 17 of their 18 matches have begun, with the doubles win and a 1-0 lead entering singles play. First off the court for Ohio State was the 16th-ranked duo of Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith with an 8-3 victory over Alex Gornet and Sebastian Stiefelmeyer on court No. 1.
  • At No. 2 doubles, the 28th-ranked pair of Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen won 8-3 against Albert Wagner and Van Damrongsri. With the doubles point secured, the No. 51-ranked tandem of Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka completed the doubles shutout with an 8-3 defeat of Austin Siegel and Jeffrey Brown.
  • Rola won 6-0, 6-3 over Stiefelmeyer, while Van Engelen earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Michael Lippens. The third singles victory, representing the fourth and match-clinching point came from a 6-2, 6-2 victory by McCarthy. Smith, ranked 37th in the nation, was the next victorious Buckeye, defeating Siegel 6-4, 6-1. Constantin Christ then earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory against Luis Elizondo on court No. 6.
  • Ohio State beat Purdue, 7-0, Friday night at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Freshman Constantin Christ clinched the victory for the Scarlet and Gray at No. 6 singles. Christ needed just two sets to defeat Arthur Dorbradin, 6-1, 6-0.
  • The two other victories needed to reach four points came from wins at Nos. 4 and 5 singles. Connor Smith surrendered just two points en route to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Evan Hawkins on court four. In fifth singles Chris Diaz was a 6-2, 6-1 winner vs. Mateus Silva.
  • With wins on all three courts, the Buckeyes captured the doubles point for the 18th time this season.
  • Ohio State improved its home win streak to 163 matches during the course of 10 years after it defeated Indiana, 7-0, Sunday afternoon in the Varsity Tennis Center.
  • The match-winning point was earned by Connor Smith, ranked 37th, on court No. 5. The senior from Tampa, Fla., defeated Dimitrije Tasic 6-1, 6-4. The additional singles victories needed to reach four points came first from Devin McCarthy with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Isade Juneau and Hunter Callahan, who beat Chris Essick 6-4, 6-1.
  • The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the 19th time this season. Each doubles team won their respective matches by an 8-6 score.
  • Ohio State will travel to Lincoln, Neb., where the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers will commence at 4 p.m. March 29.

    Women's Tennis (8-7, 1-2 Big Ten)
    Head Coach: Melissa Schaub

  • Ohio State began its weekend of Big Ten competition Friday against No. 21-ranked Purdue (10-1 Big Ten) in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers claimed the doubles decision and four singles matches in straight sets to prevail over the Buckeyes, 5-2.
  • The Buckeye tandem of Noelle Malley and Kara Cecil wrapped up doubles competition on court three with a 9-7 win over Lynda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal, 9-7.
  • At the No. 1 doubles position, the No. 38-ranked Boilermaker duo of Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany defeated Grainne O'Neill and Kelsey Dieters, 8-6. Imogen Golder and Gisella Pere prevailed over seniors Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele, 8-6.
  • No. 53-ranked Dieters added the first point for the Buckeyes with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Lynda Xepoleas at the No. 1 singles position.
  • Manashirova topped Mara Schmidt, 7-5, 6-1, to claim her 19th singles victory of the season.
  • Ohio State was downed by No. 38-ranked Indiana (12-5, 1-2 Big Ten), 5-2, Sunday in Bloomington, Ind.
  • Manashirova and Steele rallied back from an early deficit on court three to prevail over Sophie Garre and Katie Klyczek in a doubles tiebreaker, 9-8 (4).
  • The Buckeyes wrapped up the match with victories at the No. 1 and 4 positions against the Hoosiers. No. 53-ranked Dieters recorded her second singles victory of the weekend with a win against Hureau, 6-3, 7-5, to put the Buckeyes on the board. After the winning the tiebreaker in set one, Steele closed out Kauss, 6-2 in the second set to record her sixth victory at the No. 4 position this season and her team-high tying 19th singles win of the campaign.
  • Up next, Ohio State will host Iowa at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Ohio State University Outdoor Tennis Center, weather permitting in Columbus, Ohio.

    Men's Track & Field
    Head Coach: Ed Beathea

  • Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield and freshman Billy Stanley turned in performances to remember Saturday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Hartfield, in the first meet of his senior campaign, dominated the field in the long jump, posting a stunning mark of 8.08m (26-6.25) to better his previous PR in the event by four inches. The performance ranks the Manchester, Conn., native No. 1 in Division I this season and third all-time in the OSU record book.
  • Meanwhile Stanley, competing in the first collegiate meet of his career, broke George Hoover's 12-year-old school record in the javelin on his first attempt of the day, clearing 72.16m (236-9.00) for a first-place finish. The school-record mark by the South Park, Pa., native ranks No. 4 in Division I this season.
  • Adding to the Buckeyes' list of impressive debuts Saturday was freshman Donovan Robertson, who opened his college career with a win in the 110m hurdles and a runner-up finish in the 400m hurdles.
  • Runner-up honors in the 100m went to sophomore Timothy Faust in a time of 10.61, while sophomore Nick Batcha placed fourth in 10.76.
  • Faust (21.35) and Batcha (21.42) finished second and third, respectively, in the 200m.
  • Sophomore Jackson Neff was second in the 2000m steeplechase (5:55.07), while freshman Jordan Redd finished third in 5:56.13.
  • Brajdic followed up his seventh-place effort in the 1500m invitational with a victory in the 3000m run in a personal-best time of 8:21.10.
  • Senior Heath Nickles was the runner-up in the pole vault at 4.81m (15-9.25).
  • Ohio State `A' raced to a second-place time of 3:11.55 in the 4x400m relay.
  • The Buckeyes have a break before returning to action at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., April 6.

    Women's Track & Field
    Head Coach: Karen Dennis

  • Ohio State women's track and field team enjoyed warm weather and challenging competition Friday and Saturday at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
  • Senior Ashlee Abraham (11.72) and junior Adenike Pedro (personal-best time of 11.74) finished second and third, respectively in the 100m.
  • Ohio State finished 2-3-4 in the 100m hurdles. Sophomore Alexandria Johnson was the runner-up in 13.85 seconds, followed by freshman Alexis Franklin (14.06) and senior Christienne Linton (14.13).
  • Johnson, SoSo Walker, freshman Bri Neitzel and sophomore Janel Olberding combined for a third-place time of 3:42.28 in the 4x400m relay. Star Athletics claimed first place in 3:37.93.
  • The Buckeyes have a break before returning to action at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., April 6.

    No. 5 Wrestling (11-4)
    Head Coach: Tom Ryan

  • Logan Stieber, a redshirt sophomore on the Ohio State wrestling team, defended his 133-pound title at the 2013 NCAA Championships Saturday night and finished the season undefeated with a 27-0 record. In the final, Stieber defeated Tony Ramos of Iowa, 7-4, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • As a team, Ohio State concluded the championships in sixth place with 59.5 points.
  • In five meetings vs. Ramos, Stieber is 5-0, including 2-0 in 2013. In the previous meeting this season, Stieber narrowly defeated Ramos, 3-1sv, in the Big Ten championship final March 10. Saturday evening, Stieber, the No. 1 seed, won by decision for just the third time in 2013 with the 7-4 victory. For the year, 85 percent of Stieber's matches were bonus point victories, including a team-leading 14 falls and seven technical falls, as well as two major decisions.
  • Two-time All-Americans Hunter Stieber and Nick Heflin, members of the Ohio State wrestling team, finished third and fifth, respectively, Saturday morning at the NCAA championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • After dropping his semifinal bout to Edinboro's Mitchell Port, 7-6, Stieber, the No. 1 seed, answered with back-to-back wins vs. No. 11 Michael Nevinger of Cornell and the Citadel's and sixth-seed Undrakhb Khishignyam. Stieber concludes the season with a 36-1 record and a team-leading 13 major decisions.
  • Heflin, the eighth seed, concluded the 2013 season facing familiar competition in the Big Ten's Logan Storley of Minnesota and Michael Evans of Iowa.
  • In the match Saturday, the Golden Gopher was able to secure a 3-2 win to send Heflin to the fifth-place bout vs. Evans. In their first meeting since Jan. 4 in Iowa City, when Evans beat Heflin, 9-4sv, Heflin pulled off the upset, pinning Evans in 2:10. Heflin finishes the season with a 20-7 overall record.

    No. 8 Men's Volleyball (15-5, 7-3 MIVA)
    Head Coach: Pete Hanson

  • Ohio State dropped a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) match at MIVA rival Ball State Friday night in Muncie, Ind.
  • Senior Grayson Overman led the squad with five blocks (1s, 4a) and added seven kills. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz totaled 11 kills, while sophomore libero Brennan Anderson finished with a match-high 12 digs.
  • Ohio State traveled to MIVA rival IPFW and fell to the Mastodons, 3-2 (28-26, 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9), Saturday night in Fort Wayne.
  • Ohio State's defense combined for 16.5 blocks highlighted by eight blocks (1s, 7a) from redshirt senior John Tholen. Overman totaled seven (2s, 5a), while Lutz finished with a career-high five block assists.
  • Anderson totaled a match-high 16 kills, marking his 15th match this season with double-digit digs.
  • Offensively, four Buckeyes finished with double-digit kills. Sophomore Michael Henchy had 15 to lead the squad, while Lutz totaled 13. Senior Chen Levitan totaled 12 and Overman tied a season-best with 11. Setter Peter Heinen picked up 51 assists to mark his sixth match with 50 or more.
  • Ohio State returns to St. John Arena for a pair of non-conference matches March 29-30. The Buckeyes host Mount Olive Friday and Lees-McRae Saturday with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. ET.


    Ohio State Athletics Schedule
    3.26.13 - 4.9.13

    Wednesday, March 27
    Baseball vs. Ohio, 6 p.m.
    Athens, Ohio

    Women's Lacrosse vs. Northwestern, 6:30 p.m.
    Evanston, Ill.

    Thursday, March 28
    Men's Swimming vs. NCAA Championships Day 1, All Day
    Indianapolis, Ind.

    Men's Basketball vs. Arizona, 7:47 p.m.
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Friday, March 29
    Softball vs. Purdue, 4 p.m.
    West Lafayette, Ind.

    Men's Tennis vs. Nebraska, 4 p.m.
    Lincoln, Neb.

    Baseball vs. Michigan State, 6:35 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

    Men's Volleyball vs. Mount Olive, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Men's Swimming vs. NCAA Championships Day 2, All Day
    Indianapolis, Ind.

    Saturday, March 30
    Women's Lacrosse vs. Hofstra, 11 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

    Softball vs. Purdue, 12 p.m.
    West Lafayette, Ind.

    Men's Lacrosse vs. Loyola Maryland, 1:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

    Baseball vs. Michigan State, 3:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

    Men's Volleyball vs. Lees-McRae, 7:00 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Women's Rowing vs. Brown and Princeton, TBA
    Princeton, N.J.

    Men's Swimming vs. NCAA Championships Day 3, All Day
    Indianapolis, Ind.

    Sunday, March 31
    Women's Tennis vs. Iowa, 11 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

    Men's Tennis vs. Iowa, 12 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa

    Softball vs. Purdue, 1 p.m.
    West Lafayette, Ind.

    Baseball vs. Michigan State, 1:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

    Tuesday, April 2
    Men's Soccer Spring Game vs. Dayton Dutch Lions, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, WHAC - Football Practice Field

    Wednesday, April 3
    Men's Tennis vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m.
    Lexington, Ky.

    Baseball vs. Miami (Ohio), 6:35 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

    Women's Lacrosse vs. San Diego State, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

    Thursday, April 4
    Men's Volleyball vs. Lewis, 8 p.m.
    Romeoville, Ill.

    Friday, April 5
    Women's Tennis vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
    Madison, Wis.

    Baseball vs. Minnesota, 4:05 p.m.
    Minneapolis, Minn.

    Men's Tennis vs. Wisconsin, 6 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

    Softball vs. Michigan, 6 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Men's Gymnastics vs. Team Finals at Big Ten Championships, 8 p.m.
    St. Paul, Minn.

    Women's Golf vs. SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational Rounds 1 and 2, All Day
    Dallas, Texas

    Saturday, April 6
    Men's Lacrosse vs. Hobart, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

    Softball vs. Michigan, 2 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Baseball vs. Minnesota, 2:05 p.m.
    Minneapolis, Minn.

    Men's Volleyball vs. Loyola, 5 p.m.
    Chicago, Ill.

    Women's Gymnastics vs. NCAA Regional, 6 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Men's Gymnastics vs. Individual Event Finals at Big Ten Championships, 8 p.m.
    St. Paul, Minn.

    Women's Rowing vs. Tennessee and Notre Dame, TBA
    Columbus, Ohio, Griggs Reservoir at Scioto River

    Men's Track vs. Jim Click Shootout, TBA
    Tucson, Ariz.

    Women's Golf vs. SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational Round 3, All Day
    Dallas, Texas

    Women's Track vs. Jim Click Shootout, TBA
    Tucson, Ariz.

    Field Hockey Spring League Tournament, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

    Sunday, April 7
    Women's Tennis vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m.
    Minneapolis, Minn.

    Women's Lacrosse vs. Vanderbilt, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

    Men's Tennis vs. Minnesota, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

    Softball vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Baseball vs. Minnesota, 2:05 p.m.
    Minneapolis, Minn.

    Men's Tennis vs. Wright State, 5:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

    Men's Golf vs. Gary Koch Invitational Rounds 1 and 2, All Day
    Tampa, Fla.

    Men's Soccer Spring Game vs. Tiffin, 3:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, WHAC - Football Practice Field

    Monday, April 8
    Men's Golf vs. Gary Koch Invitational Round 3, All Day
    Tampa, Fla.

    Tuesday, April 9
    Softball vs. Ohio, 5 p.m.
    Athens, Ohio

    Baseball vs. West Virginia, 6:35 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

    Softball vs. Ohio, 7 p.m.
    Athens, Ohio

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