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Nov. 28, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Wrestler T.J. Enright scored the match-winning points at 133pounds for 15th-ranked Ohio State, as it upset No. 9 Cornell,18-17, Nov. 26 at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y. Enright, ranked 18thin the nation, earned his 24th career dual win in his first dual ofthe season. It was the second time in Enright’s career he scoredthe winning points for Ohio State. During the 2004-05 season,Enright tallied a 7-2 win over Bloomsburg’s Joe Hassenman to liftthe Buckeyes over the Huskies by the same 18-17 score at theBuckeye Duals in St. John Arena. Setter Marisa Main directed 3-0wins against Northwestern and Illinois to extend the women’svolleyball team’s consecutive shutout to eight. She averaged 14.50assists, 1.00 kill, 3.17 digs and .33 blocks per game. Main,against Northwestern, had three kills, 41 assists, 10 digs and asolo block directing the Buckeyes to a .327 hitting percentage anda .477 setting percentage. Against Illinois, she had three kills,46 assists, nine digs and an assist block. Main directed Ohio Stateto a .369 hitting percentage and a .505 setting percentage. For thetwo matches, Ohio State hit .349 and Main had a .492 settingpercentage. In the eight-match winning streak, OSU is hitting .332with Main averaging 13.96 assists and 2.92 digs per game.

Athletics Good Stuff

Ohio State 3rd school to be No. 1 in Football, men’s basketball

Two schools, UCLA and Notre Dame, have been ranked No. 1 in both football and men’s basketball at the same time, according to research performed by Tim Bourret, Clemson sports information director, who sought the information for a book project. Ohio State (6-0) moved to the No. 1 spot in men’s basketball Monday in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and to the No. 3 spot in the Associated Press writers poll. The Buckeye football team (12-0) is No. 1 in both polls, as it has been the entire 2006 season. UCLA was No. 1 in both sports the week of Nov. 13-19 in 1967. The Bruins were No. 1 in the AP and UPI football polls that week and had won the national championship in men’s basketball the previous March. The first poll of the college basketball season that fall was on Dec. 5, 1967. UCLA was No. 1. The Bruins then lost to USC in football, 21-20, in the next Saturday (Dec. 9, 1967) to drop from No. 1 spot in football. Notre Dame won the national championship (football) in the AP poll with a 24-23 win over Alabama in the Dec. 31, 1973 Sugar Bowl. The Fighting Irish basketball team then defeated UCLA 71-70 in basketball to end the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak and move to No. 1 in both basketball polls. That game was played Jan. 19, 1974 and Notre Dame was ranked No. 1 the next Monday. The Irish stayed No. 1 in basketball for just that week before traveling to UCLA for a rematch the following Saturday (Jan. 26, 1974, where they lost to the Bruins. Both UCLA (Nov. 13, 1967) and Notre Dame (Jan. 21, 1974) were No. 1 for just one week in both football and men’s basketball.

The men’s basketball team is 6-0 heading into its game at NorthCarolina (4-1) Wednesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The game tips at 9p.m. ET on the final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The gamewill be televised nationally by ESPN. The Buckeyes are 14-1 in themonth of November under third-year head coach Thad Matta. OhioState is on a 10-game November win streak. The Buckeyes will beparticipating in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for thefifth-consecutive year. Ohio State first participated in the eventduring the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75Blue Devils’ victory. Georgia Tech traveled to Ohio State in 2004and won 73-53. The Buckeyes traveled to Clemson in 2004-05 and fellto the Tigers 80-73. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbusa year ago 69-59 for its first victory in the event. OSU is backhome Saturday against Valparaiso. The game will tip at 4 p.m. andwill be televised locally on WBNS 10 TV. Jessica Davenport won herthird-consecutive Buckeye Classic MVP award and the No. 6/6 women’sbasketball team claimed its sixth straight team title with an 83-43win Sunday over Montana. Davenport averaged 23 points and 10.5rebounds in the two-game tournament at St. John Arena. She made9-of-10 field goal attempts in the semifinal win Saturday overCornell, 77-43, and netted 9-of-11 in the Montana win. BrandieHoskins averaged 18 points a game and handed out 14 assists in thetourney to earn her third All-Buckeye Classic team award. MarscillaPacker, 10.0 points a game, also was named to the all-tourneysquad.

Ohio State plays host the fifth-leg of its six-game home stand vs. Longwood at 7 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena.

The women’s hockey team (10-5-1, 6-5-1 WCHA) extended itsundefeated streak to nine games (8-0-1), the longest in the nation,with a sweep at Minnesota State Nov. 24-25. The Buckeyes won 2-1Friday and rallied for a 4-3 win Saturday to take all four pointsin the WCHA series. Junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme led the teamoffensively with two goals, including the gamewinner Friday, andtwo assists. Junior forward Erin Keys also scored twice and addedan assist while senior defenseman Amber Bowman set up all three ofOhio State’s goals in the third period rally Saturday to tie hercareer high for assists in a game. During the nine-game unbeatenstreak, senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer has started all gameswith a 0.99 goals-against-average and .964 save percentage.

Ohio State will be off this weekend before heading to Minnesota Duluth Dec. 8-9 for a WCHA series.

The men’s hockey team (4-7-3, 4-4-2 CCHA) played in the 56thAnnual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament Nov. 24-25 inTroy, N.Y. The Buckeyes rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the thirdperiod Saturday vs. RPI for a 5-5 tie, after falling to Colgate inthe opening game Friday by a score of 4-2. Senior defenseman SeanCollins led the Buckeyes offensively with five points on threegoals and two assists and earned the CCHA Offensive Player of theWeek award, his second-consecutive conference honor. Collins andsophomore forward Corey Elkins each scored a goal and assistFriday. Collins followed with a two-goal, one-assist performanceSaturday, with junior forward Tommy Goebel and freshman defensemanKevin Montgomery recording two assists each.

The Buckeyes continue their road swing with a CCHA series at Michigan State Dec. 1-2. It is the third-consecutive weekend on the road for Ohio State, who will face the Spartans at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Munn Ice Arena.

The 15th-ranked wrestling team scored an 18-17 victory over No.9 Cornell Nov. 26 at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y. It was first-yearhead coach Tom Ryan’s first victory as head coach of the Scarletand Gray and his 110th career win.

Junior T.J. Enright tallied the match-winning points for Ohio State in the final bout at 133 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Nick Bridge. With the Buckeyes down 17-15, Enright, ranked 18th in the nation, never trailed and forged OSU ahead with its first dual victory of the 2006-07 season. Ohio State now is 1-1-0 on the season.

Other key Buckeye victories included Corey Morrison’s pin of Zach Hammond in 3:57 to give the Scarlet and Gray a 15-13 lead with two matches remaining, including the final between Enright and Bridge. J Jaggers, Jason Johnstone and Mike Pucillo also scored victories for Ohio State.

OSU will break from dual action when it competes in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Primm, Nev., Dec. 1-2. Some members of the Buckeye squad will compete in the Penn State Open, Dec. 3 in State College, Pa.

Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes signed five student-athletes to national letters of intent Nov. 21. Sean Nemec, Colton Sponseller, Bo Touris, Nikko Triggas and John Weakley will join the team for the 2007-08 season.

Women’s volleyball ended the regular season with 3-0 victoriesover Northwestern and Illinois to extend their winning streak toeight matches. The 23-7 Buckeyes finished fourth in the Big Tenwith a 13-7 record. In the Northwestern match, Anna Szerszen had 14kills and Briana McCarthy 10 in the 30-13, 30-28, 30-23 win. AshleyKiel added 11 digs and Marisa Main 10 against the Wildcats.Szerszen had 14 kills against Illinois with Danielle Meyer and AmiStevens adding 13 each. Kiel contributed 16 digs in the 30-26,30-18, 30-21 win over the Illini.

Ohio State was seeded 11th (out of 16 seeds) in the 64-team NCAA Championship. The Buckeye will face Belmont (24-6) Friday at 5 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. Host Louisville (25-6) will play Middle Tennessee (26-7) at 7 p.m. The winners return Saturday at 5 p.m. to play for a spot in the Seattle Regional, Dec. 8-9.

The men’s and women’s gymnastic programs join together to beginpreseason action with the Mixed Pairs Exhibition at 2 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 3 at St. John Arena. As a warm-up to the 2007 competitiveseason, both teams compete in randomly selected pairs of one maleand one female in the quest for the Mixed Pairs title crown. Aftercompleting three rotations, the twosome with the greatestall-around total will win the co-ed championship. The No. 12 men’sswimming and diving team won two dual meets in five days when theydefeated both the No. 18 Purdue 171-129, Nov. 17, and ClevelandState 161-79, Nov. 21. The Buckeyes won 10 of the 16 events,setting more than 10 season-best times against the Boilermakers.The men came back the next week to again win 10 events against theVikings. Kellen Harkness recorded his fourth win on the 3-meteragainst Cleveland State. He is undefeated in the event so far thisseason. Ohio State will host the second annual Ohio StateUniversity Swimming and Diving Invitational this weekend at theMcCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The baseball team’s senior left-handedpitcher Dan DeLucia and sophomore utility player J.B. Shuck havebeen named to the preseason watch list for the Brooks WallaceAward, the College Baseball Foundation, which oversees the award,announced last week. DeLucia was Ohio State’s first 10-game winnersince 1999 and led the Big Ten with his 10-2 record and 108 inningspitched. The first-team All-Big Ten selection managed a 3.25 earnedrun average and limited opposing batters to a .255 average. Shuckwas Ohio State’s ninth player to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Yearhonors last year when he went 8-5 and managed a team-best 2.51 ERAin 15 appearances. The Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americanalso batted .325 with 40 hits and had 19 RBI in 40 games in thefield, split between first base or in the outfield. Shuck alsoearned second-team All-Big Ten honors. The Wallace Watch will betrimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. The finalists, their headcoaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, Texas, for aschedule of special events tied to the award banquet in July.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Men’s Basketball at North Carolina, 9 p.m.
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Thursday, Nov. 30
Women’s Basketball vs. Longwood, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Friday, Dec. 1
Men’s Ice Hockey at Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Belmont, 5 p.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Men’s Swimming at US Open, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Swimming Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Swimming Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Wrestling at Vegas Invitational, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Men’s Basketball vs. Valparaiso, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey at Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Swimming at US Open, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Volleyball vs. TBA, TBA
Louisville, Ky.

Men’s Swimming Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Swimming Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Wrestling at Vegas Invitational, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Sunday, Dec. 3
Women’s Basketball vs. Washington, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s Gymnastics Mixed Pairs Exhibition, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s Gymnastics Mixed Pairs Exhibition, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s Swimming at US Open, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Swimming Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Swimming Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Wrestling at PSU Open, All Day
State College, Pa.