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Athletes of the Week
Mike Pucillo, a redshirt-sophomore on the wrestling team, became a Big Ten champion March 9 at 184 pounds in the 2008 Big Ten Conference Championships at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Earning his first league title, Pucillo improves to 29-1 overall on the season.

Pucillo concluded the regular season with a 25-1 overall record and 21-0 mark in dual competition. Of his 25 wins, six have come via fall. He also has won by a technical fall six times and major decision five times. En route to his perfect dual record, Pucillo has defeated nine Top 20 wrestlers.

Jamar Butler, a senior guard on the men’s basketball team, was named the Big Ten Player of the Week March 10 after he led Ohio State to a pair of wins over ranked opponents to close out the regular season for the Buckeyes. In wins over No. 15 Purdue (March 4) and No. 17 Michigan State (March 9) Butler averaged 22.5 points while making 58 percent of his field goals (11-19) and 100 percent of his foul shots (16-16). He also connected on 7-of-12 3-pointers (.583). Butler tied the Ohio State record for games played (133) in the start vs. the Spartans and will break the record when Ohio State takes on Michigan State again in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

In addition, the Lima, Ohio, native was named a 2008 First Team All-Big Ten selection by the league media and to the second team by the conferences coaches. Butler ended the regular season averaging 14.6 points and 6.0 assists to lead the Buckeyes. He made 84 3-pointers to become Ohio State’s all-time leader in that category along with his school record 545 career assists.

Over the last four years, the Butler has helped the Buckeyes to a school record 100 wins, two regular-season Big Ten titles, the 2007 Big Ten Tournament title and has appeared in two NCAA tournaments, including the 2007 NCAA National Championship game.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (5-4; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State went 1-2 at the Papa John’s Palm Beach Challenge in West Palm Beach, Fla. March 7-9.
The Buckeyes dropped a 9-8 decision to Air Force in game one. Sophomore Cory Rupert had three hits, two runs scored and a pair of RBI to lead the Buckeye attack. Junior J.B. Shuck and sophomore Cory Kovanda had a pair of hits and senior Tony Kennedy hit a two-run home run against the Falcons.
Ohio State followed that game with an 8-7 loss to Maine. Shuck and sophomore Ryan Dew had two hits apiece, while five different Buckeyes recorded RBI.
The Scarlet and Gray ended the Palm Beach Challenge with a 6-4 win over UConn. Shuck improved to 2-1 with the win and junior Jake Hale pitched the final three innings to record the save. Junior Justin Miller had two hits and two RBI to pace the Buckeyes offensively.
Up Next: vs. Bucknell, 3 p.m. March 15 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Dartmouth, 7 p.m. March 16 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Northern Iowa, 3 p.m. March 17 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Bradley, 3 p.m. March 18 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. St. Louis, 10 a.m. March 19 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Army, 7 p.m. March 20 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Kansas, 1 p.m. March 21 in Bradenton, Fla.

Men’s Basketball (19-12; 10-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Senior guard Jamar Butler led the Buckeyes in an 80-77 win in overtime against No. 15 Purdue March 4 in Value City Arena. Butler had 25 points in the win, including seven points in overtime.
Freshman guard Evan Turner, who scored 15 points, also collected eight rebounds.
With the win, the senior class of Butler, Othello Hunter and Matt Terwilliger became the winningest class all-time with 99 victories. The trio increased its win total to 100 (33 losses) after Ohio State beat No. 18 Michigan State, 63-53, in the regular-season finale March 9 in Value City Arena.
Head coach Thad Matta earned his 100th OSU win against the Spartans.
Butler tied the record for games played by a Buckeye by playing in his 133rd game in the Scarlet and Gray. Butler led the team in scoring with 20 points while going 8-of-8 from the line. Butler has made his last 19 free throw attempts on the season. In his career against Michigan State, Butler is 26-of-26 from the free throw line.
Butler was named Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week March 10 after leading Ohio State to a pair of wins over ranked opponents to close out the Buckeyes’ regular season. In wins over No. 15 Purdue (March 4) and No. 17 Michigan State March 9, Butler averaged 22.5 points while making 58 percent of his field goals (11-19) and 100 percent of his foul shots (16-16). He also connected on 7-of-12 3-pointers (.583). The weekly honor is the second of the season for an Ohio State player and the second in Butler’s career. Freshman Kosta Koufos earned the honor in November.
Two Buckeyes earned conference awards as Butler was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and second-team by the league’s coaches while Koufos was selected a third-team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Freshman honoree.
Up Next: vs. Michigan State (Big Ten Tournament), 2:30 p.m. March 13 in Indianapolis, Ind.

No. 25 Women’s Basketball (22-8; 13-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State was eliminated from the 2008 Big Ten Tournament in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis March 7 following a 64-58 loss to Illinois in the quarterfinals.
Senior guard Marscilla Packer led the Buckeyes with 19 points. Freshman center Jantel Lavender, the 2008 Big Ten Player and Freshman Player of the Year, and senior forward Tamarah Riley posted double-doubles with 14 and 13 points, respectively, to go along with their 12 rebounds.
Up Next: at NCAA Tournament, time and location TBA

No. 1/2 Fencing
Head Coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
The 2008 NCAA National Championships begin Thursday in French Field House. Competing for the Buckeyes are: Sabre: Siobhan Byrne (Sr., Eislingen, Germany) and Eileen Grench (Sr., Davis, Calif.); Epee: Kaela Brendler (Sr., San Antonio Texas) and Aleksandra Obrazcova (Sr., Daugaupils, Latvia); Foil: Oksana Dmytruk (Fr., Kiev, Ukraine) and Lindsay Knauer (So., Medford, N.J.) for the women and Sabre: Mikhail Momtselidze (Jr., Overland Park, Kan.) and Sergey Smirnov (So., Shymkent, Kazachstan); Epee: Jason Pryor (Jr., South Euclid, Ohio) and Sean Harder (So., Redondo Beach, Calif.); Foil: Andras Horanyi (Jr., Boulder, Colo.) and Ben Parkins (Fr., Woodlands, Texas) for the men’s team.
Up Next: hosting 2008 NCAA Championships, 10 a.m. Thursday at French Field House
hosting 2008 NCAA Championships, 9:30 a.m. Friday at French Field House
hosting 2008 NCAA Championships, 10 a.m. Saturday at French Field House
hosting 2008 NCAA Championships, 9:30 a.m. Sunday at French Field House

Field Hockey
Head Coach: Anne Wilkinson
Eight Ohio State student-athletes were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced March 10. Junior Emily Mikac was named to the team for the third time while four others, Linda Haussener, Melissa Hunter, Melissa Palm and Lindsay Quintiliani, earned their second honors.
Mikac, a forward from Upper Arlington, Ohio, is a communication major who also is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete. She is just the sixth Buckeye to receive the award three or more times.

No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics (4-7; 2-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Miles Avery
The Buckeyes’ meet against Oklahoma was cancelled because of poor weather conditions.
Up Next: at Michigan, 7 p.m. March 22 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Gymnastics (6-6-1; 2-2-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Ohio State fell to Kentucky, 195.275-193.400, March 9 in St. John Arena.
For the sixth time this season, senior Kaylan Clevinger posted a first-place finish on bars. She tied to take the top spot with a 9.875 and led the Buckeyes on the event. Senior Maalika Moore-Thomas took first on floor with a 9.850.
Up Next: at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. March 14 in Tempe, Ariz.
at West Virginia, 7 p.m. March 22 in Morgantown, W.V.

Men’s Hockey (12-25-4; 7-20-3 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Ohio State ended the 2007-08 season March 9 after losing a best-of-three CCHA series to Northern Michigan. The Buckeyes won game one, 4-3, but lost games two and three, 4-2 and 6-1, respectively.
For the series, senior defenseman Jason DeSantis had five points on two goals and three assists. Senior forward Tommy Goebel tallied four points on a goal and three assists.

Women’s Hockey (17-17-3, 11-14-3 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday. She is the first Buckeye to receive either award.
Bonhomme also became the first Ohio State player to be named First Team All-WCHA twice in her career. Joining her on the first team was senior forward Erin Keys. Senior defenseman Lisa Chesson was named Second Team All-WCHA and freshman defenseman Shannon Reilly was just the second Buckeye to be named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
In the classroom, 10 Buckeyes were named to the WCHA All-Academic Team: Olivia Anognoli, Liana Bonanno, Rachel Davis, Jody Heywood, Megan Hostasek, Erin Keys, Raelyn LaRocque, Whitney Miller, Mallory Peckels and Kristen Smith.

No. 19/t-20 Men’s Lacrosse (2-2; 0-0 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
Behind six points from senior Kevin Buchanan and four-point games by sophomore Mario Ventiquattro and junior Joel Dalgarno, Ohio State defeated Penn State, 17-6, March 8 on the turf field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Junior Peet Poillon also contributed three goals in the win, the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive over the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State has held each of its opponents to eight goals or less this season and the 17 goals scored by the Buckeyes were the most since the season finale last year vs. Army (W 17-7).
Up Next: at Robert Morris, 1 p.m. March 15 in Moon Township, Pa.
at Villanova, 7 p.m. March 18 in Villanova, Pa.
vs. UMBC, 11 a.m. March 22, location TBA

Women’s Lacrosse (3-1; 0-0 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
The Buckeyes’ game against Johns Hopkins was cancelled because of poor weather conditions.
Up Next: vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m. March 14, location TBA
vs. Robert Morris, 1 p.m. March 16, location TBA
vs. St. Bonaventure, 1 p.m. March 22, location TBA

No. 20 Softball (16-4; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
The Buckeyes went 5-0 at the UNLV Invitational March 7-9 in Las Vegas to tie the program’s best 20-game start.
Ohio State shut out Oregon, 7-0, in game one behind five strikeouts from junior Kim Reeder. Senior Brittany Vanderink led off the first, third and fifth innings and scored all three times to put the Buckeyes ahead, 3-0, then added a career-high fourth run in a four-run sixth inning to lead the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State returned to post a 2-1 victory over UNLV in game two. Sophomore pitcher Megan Miller went 6.1 innings, striking out four and allowing only four hits and one run.
Sophomore catcher Sam Marder had the lone Buckeye hit against UNLV, marking the first time among available records (since 1998) that Ohio State won a road game with only one hit. Previously, the fewest amount of hits the Buckeyes had in a road win was two in a 1-0 win at No. 7 Cal State Fullerton March 2, 2003.
In game three, Reeder came within one strike of her third career no-hitter and collected a season-high nine strikeouts to lead Ohio State to a 3-1win over New Mexico State.
A three-run third inning helped the Buckeyes overcome a 2-0 deficit against Portland State and record the 4-2 victory in game four. Marder went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and her slide into the catcher in the fifth inning disrupted a potential inning-ending home-to-first double-play and allowed the Buckeyes’ third and game-clinching run to score.
Reeder went the distance for her third complete game of the weekend in three starts in Ohio State’s 5-1 win over UNLV in the final game. She struck out two and scattered six hits to improve to 8-3 this season.
For the second-consecutive tournament, a freshman led Ohio State in batting this weekend as Dee Dee Hillman posted a team-high .417 average this weekend in Las Vegas on a 5-for-12 performance at the plate.
Up Next: vs. Nevada (Capital Classic), 1 p.m. March 14 in Sacramento, Calif.
vs. Sacramento State (Capital Classic), 6 p.m. March 14 in Sacramento, Calif.
vs. California (Capital Classic), 1 p.m. March 15 in Sacramento, Calif.
vs. Northern Colorado (Capital Classic), 3:30 p.m. March 15 in Sacramento, Calif.
vs. Colorado State (Capital Classic), Noon March 16 in Sacramento, Calif.
vs. Houston, TBA March 18 at Buckeye Field
vs. Robert Morris (Buckeye Invitational), 3 p.m. March 21 at Buckeye Field
vs. Eastern Michigan (Buckeye Invitational), 5 p.m. March 21 at Buckeye Field
vs. Bowling Green (Buckeye Invitational), 3 p.m. March 22 at Buckeye Field
vs. Binghamton (Buckeye Invitational), 1 p.m. March 23 at Buckeye Field

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
The Buckeyes hosted the Last Ditch meet March 8 in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the final event that would help their swimmers qualify for the NCAA championships.
The quartet of Daniel Novak, Felipe Travesso, Andrew Bretscher and Matt Voelker swam the 200-yard medley in 1:27.00, a second shy of the NCAA “A” cut. Their time, however, moved the Buckeyes into 10th in the nation in the event.
Ohio State also saw terrific performances from sophomores Andrew Olson and Joel Elber. Olson finished in an NCAA “B” cut time and a career-best time of 1:37.30 in the 200 freestyle. In the 100 freestyle, Elber swam an NCAA “B” cut time of 44.49, which was also a career-best.
Freshman Chuck Allison finished the 100 butterfly in a career-best time of 49.27, while classmate Quincy Lee swam a career-best time of 1:48.93 in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore George Markovic finished in an NCAA “B” cut time and a career-best time of 1:38.13 in the 200 freestyle.
Freshman Andrew Misich’s time of 49.50 in the 100 backstroke was good enough to qualify him for the U.S. Open, July 29 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Up Next: hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA March 14-16 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at NCAA championships, TBA March 27-29 in Federal Way, Wash.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (14-1; 2-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State extended its Big Ten Conference win streak to 24 matches with its 7-0 win over Iowa in Iowa City March 7 to open conference play.
The Buckeyes swept the doubles competition for the 10th time this season and proceeded to win all four singles matches for the shutout. Freshmen Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa, along with junior Steven Moneke won in straight sets.
Head coach Ty Tucker garnered his 100th-career victory as the Buckeyes defeated Minnesota, 6-1, March 9 in Minneapolis.
Ohio State again dominated its opponent, sweeping the doubles point and winning five of six singles matches. All five singles winners won in straight sets.
Up Next: at LSU, Noon March 16 in Baton Rouge, La.
vs. The Citadel, TBA March 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
at Coastal Carolina, TBA March 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
vs. Virginia Commonwealth, Noon March 23 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Women’s Tennis (10-3; 0-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
In Big Ten opening action, the Buckeyes dropped a 4-3 decision to Indiana at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center March 8.
Ohio State lost the doubles point at home for the first time this season. The pair of Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs was victorious at No. 2 doubles. In singles action, Blackmore, Christina Keesey and Hubbs were winners at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles, respectively.
Up Next: at Fort Myers Collegiate Invitational, 9 a.m. March 17 in Fort Myers, Fla.
vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m. March 22 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center
vs. Iowa, 11 a.m. March 23 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
In a final effort to qualify for the NCAA championships, seniors Anthony Cole and David Ebersole recorded impressive efforts in their respective events.
Cole won the 200-meter dash in a season-best time of 21.07. The time is an NCAA provisional qualifier and is tied for the 11th-best time in the country this season and also is the best time in the Big Ten. Cole took second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.75 and is the only Big Ten sprinter with a Top 30 time in both the 60m and 200m dashes.
Ebersole posted a season-best mark in the weight throw with an NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 68 feet, 1 inch. The mark is 14th-best in the country this season and may propel him to the NCAA championships.
Up Next: at NCAA championships, TBA March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball (10-6; 6-1 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Behind 14.5 points from freshman Kevin Heine, Ohio State defeated Mercyhurst, 3-1, March 6 in Erie, Pa.
After dropping game one, the Buckeyes rallied to win three-consecutive games for the victory.
For the match, Ohio State hit .248 while the Lakers hit .205. The Buckeyes had a 59-47 advantage in kills and a 10-2 margin in ace serves. Defensively, OSU had a 35-25 margin in digs.
Setter Daniel Mathews was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week March 11. He recorded his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career with 43 assists and a season-high 11 digs in the 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20) win at Mercyhurst.
Mathews added four total blocks (one solo and three assists), two ace serves and a kill in the match. His previous dig high this season was nine in two matches.
The Buckeyes’ match vs. IPFW in Ft. Wayne was cancelled because of poor weather conditions.
Up Next: at Lewis, 7 p.m. March 19 in Romeoville, Ill.
at Loyola, 7 p.m. March 21 in Chicago, Ill.

No. 9 Wrestling (19-4; 6-2 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Redshirt-sophomore Mike Pucillo became Ohio State’s first Big Ten champion since 2004 when he won the 184-pound division March 9 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Senior heavyweight J.D. Bergman was a runner-up.
The Scarlet and Gray qualified seven wrestlers to the 2008 NCAA Championships, including conference third-place finisher J Jaggers (141).
As a team, the Buckeyes finished fifth with 92.5 points.
Up Next: at NCAA championships, All Day March 20-22 in St. Louis, Mo.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 11-18

March 11-14
Pistol at Collegiate Nationals, TBA
Ft. Benning, Ga.

March 13
Men’s golf at Spring Trip, TBA
Phoenix, Ariz.

Rifle at NCAA Championships, TBA
West Point, N.Y.

Fencing hosting NCAA Championships, 10 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House

March 14
Rifle at NCAA Championships, TBA
West Point, N.Y.

Fencing hosting NCAA Championships, 9:30 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House

Women’s swimming and diving hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s swimming and diving hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s track and field at NCAA Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s track and field at NCAA Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Softball vs. Nevada (Capital Classic), 1 p.m.
Sacramento, Calif.

Women’s lacrosse vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Location TBA

Softball vs. Sacramento State (Capital Classic), 6 p.m.
Sacramento, Calif.

Women’s gymnastics at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m.
Tempe, Ariz.

March 15
Rifle at NCAA Championships, TBA
West Point, N.Y.

Fencing hosting NCAA Championships, 10 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House

Women’s swimming and diving hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s swimming and diving hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s track and field at NCAA Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s track and field at NCAA Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Softball vs. California (Capital Classic), 1 p.m.
Sacramento, Calif.

Men’s lacrosse at Robert Morris, 1 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa.

Baseball vs. Bucknell, 3 p.m.
Bradenton, Fla.

Softball vs. Northern Colorado (Capital Classic), 3:30 p.m.
Sacramento, Calif.

March 16
Fencing hosting NCAA Championships, 9:30 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House

Men’s basketball at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Indianapolis, Ind.

Women’s swimming and diving hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s swimming and diving hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s tennis at LSU, Noon
Baton Rouge, La.

Softball vs. Colorado State (Capital Classic), Noon
Sacramento, Calif.

Women’s lacrosse vs. Robert Morris, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Location TBA

Baseball vs. Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Bradenton, Fla.

March 17
Women’s golf at Betsy Rawls Invitational, TBA
Austin, Texas

Women’s tennis at Ft. Myers Collegiate Invite, 9 a.m.
Ft. Myers, Fla.

Baseball vs. Northern Iowa, 3 p.m.
Bradenton, Fla.

Women’s tennis at Ft. Myers Collegiate Invite, 3 p.m.
Ft. Myers, Fla.

March 18
Women’s golf at Betsy Rawls Invitational, TBA
Austin, Texas

Softball vs. Houston, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

Baseball vs. Bradley, 3 p.m.
Bradenton, Fla.

Men’s lacrosse at Villanova, 7 p.m.
Villanova, Pa.