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Athletes of the Week
James Laurinaitis racked up a career-best 19 tackles, including a key stop on a fourth-quarter fake punt attempt, to lead the Buckeye football team to a victory over Wisconsin. The junior linebacker added a fumble recovery and two tackles for loss, including a seven-yard sack, as the Buckeyes registered a season-high 10 quarterback drops in the game. With Ohio State holding a 24-17 lead in the final stanza, the Badgers attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-three only to see Laurinaitis break through to record a tackle for loss. Four plays later, the Buckeyes added another score to boost the lead to two touchdowns.

Wisconsin was held to 12 rushing yards after entering the game averaging more than 200 yards on the ground per contest. For his performance, Laurinaitis earned his second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award this season and the third of his career after being honored on Sept. 17, 2007, and Sept. 11, 2006.

Yesenia Luces, a senior midfielder on the field hockey team, was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year at the Big Ten tournament banquet Nov. 1. With the honor, Luces became the first time Buckeye to earn back-to-back conference player of the year distinctions. The native of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, concluded her senior season with 27 points and 11 goals to lead the Buckeyes in both categories and she tied for the team lead in assists with five. She ranked fifth overall in the conference in both points and goals.

Along with her player of the year honors, Luces was a unanimous selection First Team All-Big Ten and the Ohio State winner of the Sportsmanship Award. It is the third-consecutive season she has been selected to the first team and is the fourth Buckeye to earn the award three times.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Basketball
Head Coach: Thad Matta
The Buckeyes opened exhibition action against Ashland Oct. 31 and notched an 88-59 win in Value City Arena.
The 2007-08 regular season begins Nov. 12-13 in the opening rounds of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. Ohio State will host the early rounds and will face Wisconsin-Green Bay at 9 p.m. Nov. 12 in Value City Arena. That game will be televised by ESPN2.
Up Next: vs. Findlay, 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

No. 16 Women’s Basketball
Head Coach: Jim Foster
The Buckeyes, ranked 16th in the preseason coaches poll, were picked to finish atop the Big Ten Conference standings by the league coaches and media panel Oct. 28.
State Farm Wade Trophy candidate and senior guard Marscilla Packer was a preseason All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media. Junior forward Star Allen was an All-Big Ten selection by the media as well.
Packer was named among the 30 candidates for the 2007-08 Women’s Wooden Award Oct. 31, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate women’s basketball player.
Up Next: vs. Marist, 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in Value City Arena

Men’s Cross Country
Head Coach: Robert Gary
After finishing third as hosts of the 2007 Big Ten Cross Country Championships Oct. 28, the Buckeyes took a week off to prepare for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships scheduled for Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.
Up Next: at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, Nov. 10 in Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Cross Country
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State rested last week to gear up for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday held in Bloomington, Ind.
Up Next: at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, Nov. 10 in Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State travels to Stockton, Calif., for its final tournament of the fall season, competing in the Pacific Invitational, Nov. 5-7. The event, hosted by the University of the Pacific, will be held at the par 72, 6,720-yard Brookside Country Club.
The Buckeyes have had a successful fall through their first three tournaments, finishing in the Top 4 at each event.
Up Next: at the Pacific Invitational Nov. 5-7 in Stockton, Calif.

Field Hockey (6-12; 2-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Anne Wilkinson
The Buckeyes, a No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, hosted by Ohio State at North Turf Field, dropped a 3-0 decision to fourth-seed Penn State Nov. 1.
Buckeye midfielder Yesenia Luces later was honored as co-Big Ten Player of the Year at the Big Ten Tournament banquet. Luces, a senior, also was a unanimous selection for first-team All-Big Ten, as well as the Ohio State Sportsmanship nominee. Midfielder Linda Haussener also was a first-team all-conference selection. Senior forward Michaela O’Malley garnered second-team laurels.

No. 1 Football (10-0; 6-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
The Buckeyes rallied from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter to beat No. 19 Wisconsin, 38-17, Nov. 3 in Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State has won a school-record 28-consecutive regular-season games.
The Buckeyes have won a Big Ten-record 20-consecutive conference games, dating to the 17-10 loss at Penn State Oct. 8, 2005. The win over the Spartans broke the former record for consecutive conference wins (17), set from 1954-56, 1967-69 and 1974-76.
Sophomore Chris “Beanie” Wells rushed for 169 yards on 21 carries Nov. 3, marking his seventh 100-yard rushing effort this season. Wells rushed for a career-best three touchdowns vs. the Badgers, the first time a Buckeye had three rushing touchdowns since Lydell Ross at Indiana Oct. 25, 2003.
Vernon Gholston recorded an Ohio State record-tying 4.0 sacks for 32 yards, bringing his career total to 18.5. Gholston’s four tackles-for-loss is tied for fourth in program history for a single game, a mark set 17 times prior.
National Awards Watch List
Todd Boeckman – semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award (top collegiate quarterback)
Brian Robiskie – semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (top collegiate wide receiver)
A.J. Trapasso – semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award (top collegiate punter)
Malcolm Jenkins – semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (top collegiate defensive back)
Up Next: vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Ohio Stadium

Men’s Hockey (2-6-0; 0-4-0 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
In a two-game series vs. Ferris State Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, the Buckeyes lost the first game, 4-0, and dropped a 4-2 decision in game two.
Freshman and Columbus native Todd Rudasill scored his first two career goals against Ferris State Nov. 4 and became the first Buckeye to score two goals in his first game for the Scarlet and Gray since Dave Steckel at Northern Michigan Oct. 13, 2000.
Up Next: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m. Nov. 8 at Value City Arena; vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m. Nov. 9 at Value City Arena

No. 10/10 Women’s Hockey (5-3-2; 4-2-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
In game one of its series against Bemidji State Nov. 2, 10 Ohio State student-athletes recorded a point to lift the squad to a 6-2 victory at the OSU Ice Rink.
Ohio State extended its unbeaten streak to five games after dropping Bemidji State, 6-1, in game two Nov. 3.
In all, 15 Buckeyes collected a point in the two games vs. the Beavers.
The wins mark the first series sweep of the 2007-08 season for the Buckeyes.
Senior Tessa Bonhomme collected five assists in the series.
The Buckeyes will be without head coach Barto and senior defenseman Lisa Chesson for their next series as the pair travel to Sweden to compete in the Four Nations Cup, Nov. 7-11.
Up Next: at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. Nov. 9 in Mankato, Minn.; at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m. Nov. 10 in Mankato, Minn.

Rifle (1-4)
Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State dropped a 4,474 to 4,454 decision at Morehead State Nov. 3 in Morehead, Ky. The Buckeyes lost both events, losing 2,216 to 2,201 in smallbore rifle and 2,258 to 2,253 in air rifle.
Freshman James Clark won both individual events, scoring a 556 in smallbore rifle and a 573 in air rifle.
Senior Kelly Lake was third in air rifle at 570, while junior Staci Collins was fifth in smallbore rifle with a 550.
The Buckeyes do not return to action until Jan. 12 when they face Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Rowing
Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum
Ohio State will prepare for the 2008 season with early action at the Rivanna Romp Nov. 11 in Charlottesville, Va. In the season tune-up from a year ago, the Buckeye first varsity eight “A” team finished second in a time of 13:27.05. The OSU first varsity eight “B” team posted a seventh-place finish with a mark of 13:47.32.

No. 18 Men’s Soccer (11-3-4; 4-1-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: John Bluem
Ohio State traveled to Louisville, Ky., Oct. 31 to face the Cardinals where the Buckeyes recorded a 1-1 tie.
Ohio State extended its unbeaten streak to school-record eight games (6-0-2) when it shut out No. 18 Michigan State, 2-0, in East Lansing, Nov. 4.
The Scarlet and Gray received the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Championship.
The win over the Spartans also gives the seven-member senior class its school-record 45th victory at Ohio State and gives Michigan State its first home loss of the 2007 season.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championship vs. Michigan, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich.
Friday, Nov. 9
Semifinal 1 – 11 a.m., Indiana vs. Match 1 winner; Semifinal 2 – 1:30 p.m., Match 2 winner vs. Match 3 winner
Sunday, Nov. 11
Championship – 2 p.m.

Women’s Soccer (11-8; 5-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Lori Walker
The Buckeyes concluded the regular-season with a 1-0 loss to No. 7 Penn State Nov. 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State is the fifth seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will face No. 4 seed Indiana at 3 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
It is the 12th overall appearance for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament in 15 years of the program’s existence.
Up Next: at Big Ten Tournament vs. Indiana at 3 p.m. Nov. 8 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Friday, Nov. 9
Semifinals 6 and 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Tournament championship 2 p.m.

Men’s Swimming and Diving (1-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Ohio State won 11 of 13 races and cruised to a season-opening victory over defending Division III national champion Kenyon College, 155-42, Nov. 2 at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.
Junior Matthias Sigrist was a double winner for the Buckeyes, taking first in both the 200 yard freestyle (1:41.25) and the 200 butterfly (1:50.58). Sophomore Sam Pelkey claimed his first collegiate individual victory, taking first in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.88). Sophomore Mark Neiman also claimed a victory in the 1,000 freestyle in 9:25.32.
Senior Matt Voelker won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Sigrist’s brother, sophomore Stefan Sigrist, won the 500 yard freestyle and Niksa Roki captured the 200 individual medley. Freshman Itai Chammah took first in the 200 backstroke.
Up Next: vs. Washington, 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Swimming and Diving (4-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jeanne Fleck
The Buckeyes traveled to Pullman, Wash., and won five individual events and two relay races to finish first in the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational, hosted by Washington State University.
Freshman Samantha Cheverton was named Swimmer of the Meet in the two-day, four-team invite at Gibb Pool.
Cheverton won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.12 Friday evening. The 800 freestyle relay team, comprised of freshmen Katelyn Brix and Anita Beck, senior Annie Rennebohm and Cheverton, took first in a Gibb Pool record time of 7:35.03. Cheverton also captured both the 200 backstroke (2:03.48) and the 500 freestyle (5:00.88) on the second day of competition for the Buckeyes.
The Scarlet and Gray (212.5) finished ahead of Pacific (206), host Washington State (204) and Idaho (124.5).
Up Next: vs. Washington, 5 p.m., Nov. 9 in McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Men’s Tennis
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Junior and No. 5 seed Bryan Koniecko remained the lone Buckeye in contention on the final day of competition at the 2007 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships hosted by Ohio State at the Racquet Club of Columbus. The tournament ran from Nov. 1-4. Koniecko lost in the consolation championship match after winning three-consecutive matches following his first-round loss in the 32-singles field.
Competing in the doubles event: No. 4 seed Drew Eberly and Justin Kronauge lost to Christian Rojmar and Bojan Szumanski of Texas Tech, 8-3, and in consolation quarterfinals Matt Allare and Mike O’Connell lost to Kellen Damico and Luis Diaz Barriga of Texas, 8-2 in the quarterfinals.
Up Next: at Big Ten Indoor Championships Nov. 9-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Buckeyes Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey posted the marquee upset of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships when they beat the No. 1 ranked and No. 1 seeded pair of Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic of William & Mary, 9-7, Nov. 1 at the Racquet Club of Columbus. Ohio State served as host of the event that ran from Nov. 1-4.
The OSU pair lost its next match in the quarterfinals, 8-3, to Romy Farah and Caren Seenuth of Miami (Fla.).
DiPastina also competed in the singles bracket, but lost her first two matches.
The Buckeyes do not return to action until Jan. 19-21 when they play in the Florida Gulf Coast Collegiate Invite in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Women’s Volleyball (12-11; 6-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Stone
The Buckeyes posted a 3-1 win over Indiana Nov. 2 in St. John Arena behind senior Danielle Meyer’s 18 points and 17.5 from freshman Kristi Hunter.
Ohio State lost to Purdue, 3-1, Nov. 4 in St. John Arena. Meyer had a match-high 24 points with freshman Katie Dull adding 22. Meyer had 19 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and four assists, while Dull recorded 20 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks.
Up Next: at Michigan State, 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in East Lansing, Mich.; vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Evanston, Ill.

No. 8 Wrestling (1-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
The Buckeyes opened the 2007-08 season with a 36-6 win over Notre Dame College Nov. 4 in Maple Heights, Ohio.
Three OSU All-Americans – J Jaggers (141), Mike Pucillo (184) and J.D. Bergman (197) – paced Ohio State with pins in their respective weight classes.
Assistant coach Lou Rosselli was named a finalist for the volunteer freestyle coaching position for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Up Next: at Chattanooga Duals, All Day Nov. 10 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 6- 12

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Men’s basketball vs. Findlay (Exhibition), 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s golf at Pacific Invitational, TBA
Stockton, Calif.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
Men’s golf at Pacific Invitational, TBA
Stockton, Calif.

Thursday, Nov. 8
Men’s hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 8 – Nov. 11
Men’s and Women’s soccer at Big Ten Championship

Thursday, Nov. 8
Men’s soccer vs. Michigan, 11:30 a.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s soccer vs. Indiana, 3 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday, Nov. 9
Women’s swimming vs. Washington, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Men’s swimming vs. Washington, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s volleyball at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s hockey at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

Fri.-Mon., Nov. 9 – Nov. 12
Men’s tennis at Big Ten Indoors, TBA
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Men’s cross country at NCAA Great Lakes Regional, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s cross country at NCAA Great Lakes Regional, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Pistol at Purdue, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Wrestling at Chattanooga Duals, 1 p.m.
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women’s hockey at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

Football vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium

Women’s volleyball at Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Sunday, Nov. 11
Rowing at Rivanna Romp, TBA
Charlottesville, Va.

Women’s basketball vs. Marist, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena