Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Nov. 26, 2013

Athletes of the Week
  • Men's swimming and diving junior Connor McDonald earned three first-place finishes as the Buckeyes' took first place at the eighth-annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational over second-ranked Florida, 12th-ranked Virginia, Kentucky and Purdue. On the final day of competition, McDonald finished first in the 200 backstroke in a school-record time of 1:40.83. The Lake Oswego, Oregon, native also finished first in the 100 backstroke (46.88) and helped set a meet record in the 200 medley relay (1:25.57) during the second day of competition.

  • Women's cross country junior Katie Borchers became the first Buckeye in school history to earn an All-America award in her sport after she crossed the finish line in a 6k time of 20:46.0 (40th) at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The Russia, Ohio, native led the way for the Buckeyes earlier this season at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a 12th-place overall finish in a 6k personal-best time of 20:37, also collecting First Team All-Big Ten honors earlier this month with a sixth-place run at the conference championships.
No. 7 Men's Basketball (5-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
  • Ohio State defeated American, 63-52, Wednesday night at Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes are now 5-0 all-time against American and 19-3 against members of the Patriot League.
  • Aaron Craft tied a career high with seven steals against the Eagles, the second most in a single game in school history.
  • Amir Williams led the Ohio State scoring effort with a career-high 16 points. He also recorded a career-high two steals.
  • Shannon Scott tied a career high with nine rebounds.
  • Ohio State defeated Wyoming, 65-50, Monday night at Value City Arena.
  • Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Lenzelle Smith Jr. (20 points), Williams (12) and Craft (10).
  • The Buckeyes held Wyoming without a field goal over the final 10:01 of play, outscoring the Cowboys 17-3 during that time.
  • Craft collected one steal against the Cowboys. With 262 career steals, Craft remains sixth all-time in Big Ten history and needs 11 to pass Pat Baldwin of Northwestern (272) for fifth.
  • Craft also had three assists against Wyoming. He ranks second on the all-time list at Ohio State with 557 and needs 23 assists to pass Jamar Butler (579) for first.
  • Williams collected a career-high 16 rebounds, recording his second career double-double with an additional 12 points.
  • Smith Jr. led all scorers with a season-high 20 points.
  • The Buckeyes return to action Friday, Nov. 29 against North Florida. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. at Value City Arena.
Women's Basketball (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kevin McGuff
  • Ameryst Alston led three Buckeyes in double-figures with 19 points as Ohio State defeated Old Dominion, 75-60, in the first of three games in three days of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Value City Arena.
  • Raven Ferguson added 14 points and Darryce Moore recorded another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Every Buckeye reached the scoring column and Ohio State's bench outscored ODU's 29-9. Maleeka Kynard finished with eight off the bench as did Ashley Adams. Martina Ellerbe had five and Lisa Blair contributed with two points -- the first of her college career -- six rebounds and two blocks.
  • Alston converted the go-ahead three-point play with 44 seconds remaining and Amy Scullion added two late free throws to help give the Ohio State women's basketball team a 62-59 win over Marist in day two of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge Saturday night at Value City Arena.
  • Moore led the Buckeyes with 17 points and five rebounds and converted a key three-point play of her own with 2:25 left that cut the Marist lead to 57-55 before fouling out.
  • Kynard finished with eight points off the bench as did Ellerbe as the Ohio State bench outscored Marist's bench, 20-5. Adams added nine points inside as the Buckeyes dominated the scoring inside, 34-10.
  • For the second consecutive game, every Buckeye reached the scoring column. Cait Craft finished with six points, Alston eight, Ferguson four and Scullion two.
  • Ohio State dropped a 64-52 decision to the Bowling Green Falcons on Sunday, with each team playing in its third game in three days at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Value City Arena.
  • Ferguson added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Buckeyes while Moore added 10 points and five boards. Scullion recorded seven points and seven boards and Craft rounded out the scoring with six.
  • Ohio State is back in action Wednesday night vs. Lehigh at VCA. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Women's Cross Country
Head coach: Karen Dennis
  • Ohio State junior Katie Borchers earned All-America honors with a 40th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Borchers, a native of Russia, Ohio, crossed the finish line in a 6k time of 20:46.0, becoming the first Buckeye in school history in earn an All-America award in women's cross country in the process. The Top 40 individual finishers receive All-America honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
No. 3 Football (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Urban Meyer
  • Ohio State defeated Indiana, 42-14, Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.
  • Ohio State clinched a spot in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game with the victory. The win also clinched the second-consecutive Big Ten Leaders Division title for Ohio State.
  • With the victory, Ohio State established a school record 23-game win streak, eclipsing the previous streak of 22 games set from 1967-69. The win streak is the longest in the country.
  • With 117 yards Saturday, Carlos Hyde became the first Ohio State running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Beanie Wells in 2008. It also marks the first time a running back eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark under Meyer.
  • Saturday marked the second-consecutive game Hyde and Braxton Miller each ran over 100 yards. After the pair went for 246 and 184, respectively, last week at Illinois, Hyde ran for 117 yards and Miller carried for 144 yards against the Hoosiers.
  • Miller totaled 304 yards of total offense Saturday, marking the 10th time in his career he tallied 300-plus yards of total offense. The win moved Miller into a tie with Rex Kern for fifth in program history for quarterback victories (25).
  • A week after totaling a career-high 16 tackles, Ryan Shazier set a career best with 20 tackles, including 10 solo stops. The last Buckeye with 20 tackles in a game was AJ Hawk vs. Wisconsin in 2004. Shazier's five tackles for loss tied the school record set four times before (last John Simon vs. Nebraska in 2012).
  • Bradley Roby recorded a career-high 10 tackles against the Hoosiers, passing the nine he had twice before (last Sept. 29, 2012 at Michgian State).
  • Ohio State has not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher this season, one of three FBS teams to not allow a 100-yard rusher (Wisconsin, Syracuse).
  • The Buckeyes return to action Nov. 30 at Michigan. Kickoff is set for noon.
Men's Ice Hockey (8-4-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Steve Rohlik
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes next open Big Ten Conference play with a series against Michigan. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 29 in Ann Arbor and at 7:05 p.m. Dec. 2 in Columbus.
Women's Ice Hockey (3-8-2, 2-8-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Nate Handrahan
  • The Ohio State women's hockey team fell to Minnesota State Friday night at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn., by a score of 4-1.
  • Redshirt senior Chelsea Knapp got the start for Ohio State and stopped 30 of 33 shots faced.
  • The Buckeyes took advantage of a MSU tripping call late in the second as freshman Katie Matheny scored her second of the season with 10 seconds left on the game clock. Sophomore Cara Zubko and senior Annie Svedin picked up assists on the scoring play.
  • Ohio State was edged by Minnesota State, 2-1, Saturday afternoon in Mankato, Minn.
  • Senior Lisa Steffes started for Ohio State stopping 31 of 33 shots faced.
  • Ohio State had a one-goal lead after the first period as senior Ally Tarr scored a power play goal at 12:08 of the opening stanza. The goal was the second on the season for Tarr and assisted on by sophomore Kendall Curtis and junior Kari Schmitt. Schmitt is now tied with junior Sara Schmitt for the team lead in points this season with 11.
  • Ohio State hosts Robert Morris this Tuesday at the OSU Ice Rink with game time set for 7:07 p.m.
Head coach: Ryan Tanoue
  • The Ohio State rifle team closed out the fall portion of the season against the University of Nebraska on Saturday. The Huskers outshot the Buckeyes 4663-4646.
  • In smallbore, Ohio State fired a team score of 2310 led by a match high and season best 585 from freshman Deanna Binnie.
  • Junior Greg Hagar also had a season best with a 576. Sophomore Remington Lyman equaled Hagar, also posting a 576 while senior Amanda Luoma (573) and freshman Anthony Cuozzo (568) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
  • In air rifle Ohio State posted a team score of 2336 led by a match high 592 from Lyman. Cuozzo equaled his personal best with a 583 while Binnie (581), Hagar (580) and Luoma (579) rounded out team scoring for OSU.
  • The Buckeyes will now be heading into the midseason break and will return to action on Jan. 11 at home against Kentucky at the Hugh W. Wylie Range.
No. 10 Men's Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Wadley
  • The No. 10 Ohio State men's swimming and diving team took first place at the eight-annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, topping second-ranked Florida, 12th-ranked Virginia, Kentucky and Purdue. The Buckeyes finished with 1,137 points, just 46.5 points ahead of Florida (1,090 points).
  • Ohio State's performance on the final day was highlighted by junior Connor McDonald, who finished first in the 200 backstroke with a school-record time of 1:40.83. It is also an NCAA "A" qualifying time. The previous record was 1:41.22, set in 2012 by Andrew Elliott.
  • Top Buckeye Finishes (Day 1): 200 freestyle relay - 2. Fleagle, DiSalle, Komarov, Hillmer (1:19.68); 500 freestyle - 5. Miller (4:21.24); 200 individual medley - 4. Zimmerman (1:45.84); 1-meter diving - 2. Holstein (371.15); 400 medley relay - 3. Trebilcock, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (3:11.25).
  • Top Buckeye Finishes (Day 2): 200 yard medley relay - 1. Fleagle, Stevenson, McDonald, McHugh (1:25.57); 400 yard individual medley - 3. Gercsak (3:45.49); 100 yard butterfly - 2. McHugh (47.15); 200 yard freestyle - 1. DiSalle (1:35.57); 100 breaststroke - 3. Stevenson (54.06); 100 yard backstroke - 1. McDonald (46.88); 800 freestyle relay - 2. Hillmer, DiSalle, Fleagle, Miller (6:27.77); 3-meter diving - 1. Holstein (403.60).
  • Top Buckeye Finishes (Day 3): Platform diving - 8. Holstein (286.65); 1650 yard freestyle - 1. Miller (15:10.55); 200 yard backstroke - McDonald (1:40.83); 100 freestyle - 2. Fleagle (43.59); 200 yard breaststroke - 5. Cowley (1:58.46); 200 yard butterfly - 3. Gercsak (1:45.24); 400 yard freestyle relay - 2. Fleagle, Hillmer, Komarov, DiSalle (2:53.85).
  • On hiatus for the month of December, Ohio State will return to competition on Jan. 17-18 at the Kenyon Winter Invitational.
No. 19 Women's Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
  • After three days of competition at the Ohio State Invitational, the 19th-ranked Ohio State women's swimming and diving team placed third with 616.50 total points.
  • Top Buckeye Finishers (Day 1): 200 freestyle relay - 3. Williams, Cater, Schmidtke, Jongekrijg (1:31.40); 500 freestyle - 4. Norris (4:43.16); 200 IM - 9. Vance (2:00.97); 50 freestyle - 4. Williams (22.82); 400 medley relay - 10. Davis, Dzierzak, Cater, Baird (3:44.53); 3-meter dive - 5. Ford (296.40).
  • Top Buckeye Finishers (Day 2): 200 medley relay - 6. Dona, Dzierzak, Norris, Vance (1:42.18); 400 IM - 12. Clary (4:15.01); 100 butterfly - 5. Schmidtke (53.58); 200 freestyle - 5. Norris (1:47.25); 100 breaststroke - 3. Vargo (1:02.30); 100 backstroke - 7. Rabold (55.45); 800 freestyle - 4. Schmidtke, Norris, Cater, Luchansky (7:13.28); 1-meter dive - 7. Ford (256.20).
  • Top Buckeye Finishers (Day 3): 400 freestyle relay - 2. Williams, Schmidtke, Norris, Cater (3:17.42); 200 butterfly - 12. Bopp (1:59.51); 200 breaststroke - 4. Vargo (2:13.88); 100 freestyle - 4. Schmidtke (49.65); 200 backstroke - 8. Gillig (1:58.28); 1650 freestyle - 13. Baird (16:27.04); Platform Dive - 3. Ford (256.15).
  • Ohio State will now enter a brief hiatus from competition for winter break. The squad will return to action Jan. 11 on the road vs. Toledo.
No. 9 Wrestling (4-0)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
  • The ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team posted back-to-back wins Sunday at the Davidson Duals in Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. After leading the Scarlet and Gray to wins over Duke (25-10) Saturday night and Davidson (40-6) and George Mason (29-6) Sunday afternoon, Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan recorded his 200th career victory (200-117-1).
  • In the first of three matches on the weekend for the ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team, the Buckeyes began on a strong note, defeating Duke, 25-10, Saturday night at Card Gym in Durham, N.C.
  • Saturday night, the Scarlet and Gray jumped out to an 8-0 lead following the 141 and 149-pound matches. Logan Stieber, a redshirt junior from Monroeville, Ohio, earned his second win of the season on a 17-1 technical fall at the three-minute mark vs. Xaviel Ramos while senior Ian Paddock's 6-4 win proved a little more dramatic as he won his ninth match of the season in sudden victory against Connor Bass.
  • Mark Martin, a sophomore from Strongsville, Ohio, edged Trey Adamson, 10-9, in the 174-pound match up to improve to 11-4 overall while up next at 184 pounds, redshirt sophomore and Harrisburg, Pa., native Kenny Courts held off Jacob Kasper, 11-5 and moved his record to 10-1.
  • Nick Tavanello (HWT), Nick Roberts (125 pounds) and Johnni DiJulius also all secured wins.
  • On Sunday, the Scarlet and Gray began the day vs. host Davidson and quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a Nick Roberts major decision vs. Philip Elias at 125 pounds.
  • In the 133-pound bout, DiJulius scored more bonus points for the Buckeyes following his 12-2 win vs. Anthony Elias while Stieber lifted the Scarlet and Gray to a 14-0 lead after pinning Alexander Palinski in 1:20.
  • With Ohio State up 18-0, three more Buckeyes added major decision wins between 157 and 174 pounds (Randy Languis, Joe Grandominico, Martin).
  • Racking up 29 points vs. the Patriots, the Buckeyes got off to a strong start at 125 pounds on an 8-2 win by junior Josh Whitt over Bryce Gentry.
  • Back at it at 133 pounds, DiJulius was a 5-2 winner vs. Vince Rodriguez to earn his ninth win of the season, while Stieber made quick work of Sahid Kargbo, pinning him in 3:32 in the 141-pound match to move to 3-0.
  • Paddock, Grandominico, Martin, Kenny Courts and Nick Tavanello also secured wins for the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes return to action Dec. 6-7 at the CKLV Wrestling Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
Women's Volleyball (17-13, 5-13 Big Ten)
Head coach: Geoff Carlston
  • The Ohio State women's volleyball team fell to No. 20 Illinois, 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 21-25, 20-25), Friday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes honored their three seniors prior to the match - Davionna DiSalvatore, Julianne Mandolfo and Kaitlyn Leary.
  • Leary picked up her 13 double-double of the season, totaling 16 kills and 16 digs for the Buckeyes (16-13, 4-13). Junior Erin Sekinger and freshman Taylor Sandbothe finished with 13 kills apiece, while Sekinger tied a career-best with six blocks (1s, 5a). Sophomore Andrea Kacsits added six blocks (1s, 5a) and Sandbothe totaled four block assists. Mandolfo finished with a season-best 26 digs for Ohio State.
  • Leary picked up her 14th double-double of the year, totaling 23 kills and 12 digs in the win. Sophomore Katie Mitchell tied a career-best with 10 kills and chipped a career-best three blocks, while Sandbothe had nine kills and a match-high seven blocks. Mandolfo finished with a match-best 16 digs and freshman Valeria León added 12.
  • The Buckeyes close out the season with a pair of Big Ten matches, opening with a Wednesday night match against No. 2 Penn State Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio State caps the 2013 regular season with a match at Iowa, Nov. 30.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
11.26.13 - 12.10.13

Tuesday, Nov. 26

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris, 7:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink
Wednesday, Nov. 27
  • Women's Volleyball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Women's Basketball vs. Lehigh, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
Friday, Nov. 29
  • Men's Basketball vs. North Florida, 5 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
Saturday, Nov. 30
  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. New Hampshire, 2 p.m.
    Durham, N.H.

  • Women's Volleyball vs. Iowa, 8 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa

  • Football vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sunday, Dec. 1
  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. New Hampshire, 1 p.m.
    Durham, N.H.

  • Women's Basketball vs. Connecticut, 5 p.m.
    Springfield, Mass.
Monday, Dec. 2
  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
Wednesday, Dec. 4
  • Women's Basketball vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.
    College Park, Md.

  • Men's Basketball vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
Friday, Dec. 6
  • Wrestling vs. CKLV Wrestling Invitational, All Day
    Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Men's Basketball vs. Central Connecticut, 4:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink

  • Football vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m.
    Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Wrestling vs. CKLV Wrestling Invitational, All Day
    Las Vegas, Nev.
Sunday, Dec. 8
  • Women's Basketball vs. Gonzaga, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 12:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink