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Athletes of the Week
As the No.6-seed in the 2008 NCAA Wrestling Championships, redshirt-junior J Jaggers claimed the 141-pound title last weekend at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Jaggers dropped the Nos. 1, 2 and 3-seeds en route to his first collegiate national title. After his pivotal pin of No. 5 Jake Strayer of Penn State Jan. 25 to lead the Buckeyes to a 22-19 victory, Jaggers was a winner of 15 of his last 16 matches, which included a third-place finish at the Big Ten championships.

As a redshirt-sophomore, wrestler Mike Pucillo became a 2008 Big Ten and NCAA Champion at 184 pounds. Last weekend at nationals, Pucillo, the No. 2-seed, extended his win streak to 26 matches after winning the title in dramatic fashion. Beating the No. 7 and No. 6 seeds on his way to the finals, Pucillo met No. 1 seed Jake Varner of Iowa State. With the score even at 3 apiece, Pucillo won the bout on six seconds of riding time following two sudden victory sessions.

Chelsea Davis, a junior on the women’s diving team, won her first NCAA championship this past weekend by winning on the 3-meter springboard at the NCAA championship meet, held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. She also placed eighth on the 1-meter board and as a result she was named Tri-Diver of the Year at the conclusion of the championships. Davis, a native from Columbus, shared Diver of the Year honors with Emma Friesen of Hawaii and Brittany Viola of Miami. Davis and freshman teammates Kristin Asman and Bianca Alvarez scored 85 total points and led Ohio State to 15th-place at the national meet. All three divers earned All-America honors on three different boards.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (9-6; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
The Buckeyes went 2-2 on the week defeating Bradley, 10-3, and Kansas, 16-5, and dropping to Northern Iowa, 12-8, and St. Louis, 4-0.
To start the week, Ohio State gave up a five-run lead to Northern Iowa, falling, 12-8, March 17 at Manatee Community College. Against the Panthers, Corey Kovanda had three hits to lead another double-digit hit game for the Buckeyes. Tony Kennedy, J.B. Shuck, Justin Miller, Cory Rupert, and Chris Macke all had two hits.
Dan DeLucia picked up his first win of the season behind a career-high 10 strikeouts to lead the Buckeyes to a 10-3 win over Bradley March 18 at IMG Academy Park. Ohio State batters knocked down a season-high 19 hits in the game with Rupert leading the way with three hits and three RBI.
Shuck also had three hits, two runs scored and three RBI against Bradley. Shuck was part of a corps of four hitters at the top of the lineup that, for the second-consecutive game, each had multiple hits. (Kennedy, Kovanda, Shuck and Miller). The foursome combine for nine hits and seven runs scored.
Following the win, Ohio State battled St. Louis through a scoreless game for six innings before the Billikins scored four runs in the seventh to defeat the Buckeyes, 4-0, March 19. However, Ohio State bounced back with a 16-5 win over Kansas March 21. The squad erupted for 16 runs off 20 hits with Macke, sparking the Buckeyes offensively with a grand slam home run and six RBI.
The 20 hits which tied a season high and season-high 16 runs scored was more than enough support for starter Jake Hale and relievers Dean Wolosiansky and Alex Wimmers. Hale picked up the win with 5.0 innings of seven-hit, four-run work.
Up Next: vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. March 26 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 6:35 p.m. March 28 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 1:05 p.m. March 29 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 3:05 p.m. March 29 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 1:05 p.m. March 30 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Toledo, 6:35 p.m. April 2 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Minnesota, 6:35 p.m. April 4 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Minnesota, 1:05 p.m. April 5 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Minnesota, 3:05 p.m. April 5 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Minnesota, 1:05 p.m. April 6 in Bill Davis Stadium

Men’s Basketball (21-13; 10-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State defeated UNC Ashville, 84-66, in the first round of the 2008 NIT in Value City Arena March 19 and dropped California, 73-56, in front of a sellout crowd of 13,276 at St. John Arena March 24. The Buckeyes advance to the third round of the NIT and will face Dayton at 9 p.m. Wednesday in Value City Arena.
With the win against UNC Ashville, head coach Thad Matta reached the 20-win mark for the seventh-consecutive season. He is the first OSU head coach to win 20 or more games in each of his first four years and only the second head coach to reach the 20-win mark in four-consecutive years (1960-63; 25, 27, 26, 20, respectively). In his first three years, Matta won 20 games in 2005, 26 in 2006 and 35 in 2007.
Freshman Jon Diebler was 2-of-4 from beyond the arc against UNC Ashville to move his season total to 46, tying for second on the OSU freshman records with Michael Redd (1997-98 season) for made 3-pointers.
The Buckeyes are 11-1 this season and 66-10 all-time under Matta when scoring 70 or more points. With 5-of-10 3-point shooting, Jamar Butler set the Ohio State record for made 3-pointers in season with 91, passing the previous record of 88 by Scoonie Penn (1998-99 season) March 19.
Against the Golden Bears, the Lima, Ohio, native scored a team-high 20 points to increase his career scoring to 1,265 career points, good for 24th place all-time in the Ohio State records. No. 23 on the list is Clark Kellogg (1980-82) with 1,285. He has scored 20 or more points 10 times this season, including four of the last five games.
Butler tallied three assists vs. California for a total of 202 assists this season. He is only the second Buckeye to have 200 or more assists in a season, along with Mike Conley Jr. (2006-07 season), who holds the record with 238.
Against the Golden Bears, senior Othello Hunter grabbed 16 rebounds to set a career high and the most by a Buckeye this season. He had eight rebounds in the first half and a total of seven of his boards were on the offensive end. Hunter added 11 points for his fifth career double-double and fourth of the season.
Freshman Kosta Koufos had double-digit points for the 16th time in the last 17 games with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

Women’s Basketball (22-9; 13-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
In Ohio State’s sixth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and its 17th overall, the Buckeyes fell, 60-49, to Florida State in Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa, March 22. Jantel Lavender, the 2008 Big Ten co-Player of the Year, led the Buckeyes with 21 points and nine rebounds. Lavender set Ohio State freshman records this season with 306 rebounds and 232 field goals. Her 17.6 ppg average is the most by an OSU rookie since Katie Smith averaged 18.1 ppg in 1993.
This is Jim Foster’s ninth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and his 22nd overall. He is 29-22 after the loss Saturday.
The senior class of Marscilla Packer, Alice Jamen and Tamarah Riley finished their careers with 109 wins, the all-time winningest mark at Ohio State. Riley tied the all-time games played record Saturday with her 130th. Riley has played in every Ohio State game over the past four years. Jessica Davenport (2004-07) and Kim Wilburn (2003-06) also played in 130 career games.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State began the Ron Moore Invitational in 15th place after the opening round, but battled the following two days to finish second at the tournament March 23 with a total of 17-under 847, just two strokes back from winner Kansas State at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.
Four Ohio State golfers shot final rounds under par as three finished in the Top 20 of the field. Freshman Brad Smith led the Buckeyes in a tie for fifth-place at 7-under 209. The Peru, Ind., native carded a third round of 70 to add to his earlier rounds of 73-66, a career low, en route to his career-high placement. Smith led the field in par 5 scoring at 11-under for the event and the Buckeyes topped par 5 scoring as a team with an outstanding 27-under on those holes.
Leading Ohio State in scoring during the final 18 holes was senior Kyle Coconis with his second-consecutive round of 68. The co-captain from Zanesville, Ohio, tied his career low again and has shot five rounds in the 60s this season. He came back from an opening round of 75 to tie for 11th at 211 (-5).
Sophomore Patrick Simard tied for 20th at 2-under 214 with rounds of 73-72-69. For the tournament, Ohio State carded four rounds in the 60s and has totaled 16 rounds in the 60s this season after just three all of last year.
Up Next: Furman Intercollegiate, All Day, March 28-30 in Greenville, S.C.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
After cancelling the second round because if inclement weather, the Buckeyes concluded the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational March 19, moving up four spots to finish in seventh place with a team score of 644. The Buckeyes were just two strokes back from TCU and Notre Dame tied for fifth.
Ohio State totaled 323 for the sixth lowest final round score in the 18-team field. Leading the team was senior Carling Coffing, who played a solid round of 3-over on Nos. 1-9 and 2-over on Nos. 10-18 for a score of 77, lowering her second round by six strokes off her first. The Middletown, Ohio, native tied for 24th place with teammate Emma Jandel with a two-round total of 160. Jandel, a sophomore from Dayton, Ohio, carded 77-83 in the event.
Two stokes back from Coffing and Jandel was senior Haley Brown, who tied for 32nd with scores of 83-79162. Junior captain Gemma Webster had a total of 163 to tie for 38th and classmate Jennifer Cassidy tied for 57th at 167.
Up Next: at Indiana Invitational, All Day, April 7-8 in Carmel, Ind.

No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics (4-8; 2-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Miles Avery
At its final dual before the start of the championships season, the seventh-ranked Buckeyes fell to No. 5 Michigan, 359.2-356.25, March 22 at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The conference meet will be aired on tape delay at 8 p.m. March 29 on the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State recorded four-season highs en route to a season-best 356.25, outscoring their previous best by more than three points. The mark ranks as the second-highest team road score in the Big Ten this season, following Penn State’s 360.55 scored vs. the Buckeyes in St. John Arena Feb. 24.
At the meet, senior tri-captains DJ Bucher and Jimmy Wickham recorded first-place finishes on parallel bars (15.35) and vault (16.45), respectively.
For the first time this season, rookie Brandon Wynn outscored tri-captain Jake Bateman to take the win in the all-around with an 87.35 while his junior teammate notched an 86.3.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, 7 p.m. April 4-5 in University Park, Pa. (Television: Big Ten Network)

Women’s Gymnastics (7-6-1; 2-1-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Posting its highest team score in the last six weeks, Ohio State won at West Virginia March 22, 194.775-194.025, to wrap up the regular season.
Kaylan Clevinger won bars with a 9.875 and floor with a 9.875, which tied her career best. She ranks third in the Central Region on the event and has won it outright in five meets this season.
Junior Kiki Holman led the Buckeyes on beam with a 9.825, which tied her career high and placed second in the meet. Holman added a season-best 9.775 on bars to place second on the squad behind Clevinger and tie for second in the meet.
For the second-consecutive week, OSU sophomore Beth Ann Ballard scored a 9.85 on vault to tie her career high and lead the Buckeyes in the event. Her vault score placed third in the meet.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, 2 p.m. March 29 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Television: Big Ten Network)

Women’s Hockey
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme added to her list of Ohio State firsts Friday when she was named AHCA First Team All-America by the American Hockey Head Coaches Association. Bonhomme is the first Buckeye named to the first team and the first two-time All-America selection in program history after being named to the second team in 2007.
Bonhomme, the team captain from Sudbury, Ontario, led the NCAA in points per game by a defenseman with 1.29. Her 29 assists were the most by any defenseman in the nation and she tied for the top spot with 16 goals. Bonhomme finished 14th in the overall point per game rankings and was the only blueliner to rank in the Top 28. She also ranked seventh in the NCAA in assists with an average of 0.83 per game.
In the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Bonhomme led all defenseman in scoring with 45 points, a 12-point margin over the next blueliner. She scored 36 of her points against conference opponents to rank third in scoring in league contests. For her efforts, Bonhomme earned the WCHA’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, the first Ohio State student-athlete to receive either award. She is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the history of the WCHA with 128 points, just two shy of the record.
Bonhomme leaves Ohio State with her name atop several records, including points by a defenseman in a season (45, 2007-08) and in a career (128).
This is the third-consecutive year a Buckeye has been named AHCA All-America with forward Jana Harrigan receiving the award prior to Bonhomme in 2006. Former defenseman Emma Laaksonen was the first Ohio State student-athlete to receive the award in 2002.

No. 19 Men’s Lacrosse (4-3; 0-0 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
Led by five points from junior Joel Dalgarno and hat tricks from junior Jeff Ryan and senior Kevin Buchanan, Ohio State downed Villanova, 15-8, March 18 in Villanova, Pa., before falling in overtime to No. 13 UMBC, 12-11, March 22 in Columbus.
Against UMBC, Buchanan had a team-best four goals and five points in the game, while junior Peet Poillon had two goals and three points, Josh Funk scored twice and Dalgarno added two assists.
All three Buckeye losses this season have come to ranked teams in overtime vs. No. 11 Navy (8-7 OT), at No. 19 Bucknell (8-7 3OT) and to No. 13 UMBC (12-11 2OT).
Buchanan tied his season high with four goals vs. UMBC and was one point shy of his season-best six-point outing vs. Penn State. He now has 124 points to tie for 16th in program history with Roger Allen (1982-85). He has a team-best 20 goals and 25 points on the year and extended his scoring streak to 36 games (May 1, 2005). He has 69-4-116 points during the stretch, has multiple points in each of his last 19 games and is on a 16-game goal-scoring streak.
Dalgarno now has 115 points as a Buckeye, with at least one point in each of his 34 games. He ranks 19th in the Buckeye record book for career points. He has a team-best 11 assists and ranks second with 24 points.
Up Next: at Quinnipiac, 1 p.m. March 29 in Hamden, Conn.
vs. Bellarmine, 7 p.m. April 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
vs. Air Force, noon April 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

No. 20 Women’s Lacrosse (6-2; 0-1 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
The nationally ranked Buckeyes defeated St. Bonaventure, 13-6, March 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State jumped out to a 5-0 lead and was up 9-2 at halftime. Kelly Haggerty scored a team-best three goals while Kristen Slahor, who had a team-high five assists, and Brittney Zerhusen scored twice each.
The Buckeyes had Jessica Patane, Rachel Hawes, Lauren Sterner, Kristen Hannon, Amanda Shimp and Maghan Beaudrault tally one goal each. Freshman Annie Carruthers, making her first start in goal, recorded four saves.
Up Next: vs. Bucknell, 7 p.m. March 28, location TBA
at Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. March 30 in Blacksburg, Va.
at North Carolina, 7 p.m. April 4 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
vs. Maryland, noon April 6 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Pistol
Head Coach: Jim Sweeney
Buckeyes Seth Berglee, Teresa Meyer and Krystin Schmid received All-America honors by the National Rifle Association March 19 in three events. Berglee was named a first team All-American in free, standard and air pistol. Meyer and Schmid received first team honors in air and sport pistol and were named to the second team in free pistol.
Meyer has earned All-America honors 14 times. She earned first team honors in 2005 in standard, air and sport pistol and was honorable mention in free pistol. In 2006 Meyer was first team in air and sport pistol and second team in standard pistol. Meyer earned first team honors in 2007 in air and sport pistol and was second team in free and standard pistol. Schmid has earned All-America honors six times. She was an honorable-mention selection in sport pistol in 2006. Schmid was second team in sport pistol and an honorable mention selection in air pistol in 2007.

Synchronized Swimming
Head Coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
The 32nd annual U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships will take place March 27-29 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University.
More than 200 of the top athletes from the collegiate scene will vie for titles in the solo, duet, trio and team events. The Championships are an open-class meet, combining competition from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and NAIA colleges and universities.

No. 21 Softball (21-6; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
For the second time on March 21 and the 10th time this season, Ohio State sophomore Sam Marder drove in the game-winning runs as the 21stranked Buckeyes came from behind in the top of the seventh inning to beat Bowling Green, 3-2, at Buckeye Field.
Marder delivered a walk-off single to send Ohio State past Eastern Michigan, 2-1. In the nightcap against Bowling Green, the Buckeyes were down to their final strike, trailing BGSU 2-1 with two outs in the top of the seventh. On a 2-2 pitch, Marder sent Wiemer’s offering deep over the left-centerfield wall for her ninth home run of the season and the Buckeyes were on top, 3-2.
Up Next: vs. Iowa, 6 p.m. March 28 at Buckeye Field
vs. Iowa, noon March 29 at Buckeye Field
vs. Illinois, noon March 30 at Buckeye Field
vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. March 30 at Buckeye Field
vs. Marshall, 5 p.m. April 2 at Buckeye Field
vs. Marshall, 7 p.m. April 2 at Buckeye Field
vs. Michigan State, 6 p.m. April 4 at Buckeye Field
vs. Michigan State, noon April 5 at Buckeye Field
vs. Northwestern, noon April 6 at Buckeye Field
vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m. April 6 at Buckeye Field

Women’s Swimming and Diving
Swimming Head Coach: Jeanne Fleck
Diving Head Coach: Vince Panzano
Ohio State’s Chelsea Davis and diving head coach Vince Panzano were named Tri-Diver of the Year and Diving Head Coach of the Year, respectively, at the conclusion of the 2008 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Davis shared Diver of the Year honors with Emma Friesen of Hawaii and Brittany Viola of Miami. Davis claimed her first national championship after capturing the 3-meter title March 21. The Columbus native finished eighth on the 1-meter event March 20.
Freshman Bianca Alvarez, from Miami, Fla., earned All-America honors after placing second on the 3-meter March 21 and fifth on the 1-meter event March 20. Freshman Kristen Asman, a native of Columbus, picked up her All-America honor by placing fourth on the platform March 22.
Panzano earned his fourth national Head Coach of the Year honor after directing the Ohio State diving trio to 85 points at the championships. Behind the Buckeye divers, Ohio State finished 15th at the national championships, its best finish since placing 12th in 1991.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (18-1; 2-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
On the road, Ohio State defeated Coastal Carolina, 7-0, and The Citadel, 4-0, March 19 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center in Conway, S.C., before dropping No. 27 Virginia Commonwealth, 7-0, March 23 at home. The Buckeyes improves to 18-1 overall, while VCU drops to 12-5 on the season. Winning 65-consecutive home matches, the Buckeyes improve to 76-5 in their last 81 contests, including the postseason. The Scarlet and Gray’s winning streak in Columbus dates back to 2003.
With the win over the No. 27 Rams, Ohio State moves to 12-1 against ranked teams in 2008, including victories over the Nos. 2 (Georgia), 5 (Ole Miss), 6 (USC) and 9 (Baylor) teams in the country.
Against Coastal Carolina, the Buckeyes took the doubles point behind wins from the duo of No. 25 Mike O’Connell and Matt Allare at the top doubles spot and the tandem of juniors Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke at the No. 2 spot. O’Connell and Allare beat Ernesto Ramos and Plamen Tzvetkov, 8-4, while Koniecko and Moneke downed David Mellis and Dmitry Vlaskin, 8-4. Shuhei Uzawa and Justin Kronauge won their match at the No. 3 double spot. The Buckeye duo beat John Hairston and Joseph Withers, 8-3.
No. 24 Koniecko claimed the first singles match for the Buckeyes at the top spot when he beat Coastal Carolina’s Ramos 6-3, 6-0. Moneke put Ohio State up 3-0 when he cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win against Hairston at No. 2 singles. Uzawa clinched the match for the Buckeyes when he downed Mellis 7-6, 6-3 at the No. 3 singles spot.
Up Next: at Notre Dame, 4 p.m. March 28 in South Bend, Ind.
at Michigan State, noon March 30 in East Lansing, Mich.
at Indiana, 1:30 p.m. April 2 in Bloomington, Ind.
vs. Northwestern, noon April 4 at Stickney Tennis Center
vs. Toledo, 6 p.m. April 4 at Stickney Tennis Center
vs. Wisconsin, noon April 6 at Stickney Tennis Center

No. 31 Women’s Tennis (14-3; 2-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State swept both Drake and Coastal Carolina in nonconference action at the Fort Myers Collegiate Invitational March 17 in Fort Myers, Fla., on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University before defeating Minnesota, 6-1, March 22 and No. 43 Iowa, 4-3, March 23 at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.
With her team-best 28th singles victory of the season, Cami Hubbs set the program record for victories by a freshman. She passed current assistant Head Coach Sadhaf Pervez (2000) and Kristen Jordan (1997), who each posted 27 wins in their rookie campaigns.
The Buckeyes won the doubles point at all four contests last week and have won the doubles point in all but one of its 10 home matches this year.
Against Iowa, the duo of Julie Blackmore and Hubbs won easily at No. 2, defeating Milica Veselinovic and Merel Beelen, 8-1, to extend their winning streak to 11. At No. 3 Caitlin O’Keefe and Paloma Escobedo clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 victory over Kayla Berry and Lynne Poggensee-Wei, 8-5. At No. 1 doubles, Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey won a close match vs. Jacqueline Lee and Alexis Dorr, 8-6.
In singles, Blackmore downed Hawkeye Dorr at No. 3, 6-2, 6-3, followed by Hubbs’ straight-set (7-5, 6-1) victory over Kelcie Klockenga at No. 5. The No. 4 singles match was the next off the court, as Keesey clinched the Buckeye win with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Beelen.
Against Minnesota, Ohio State was able to capture the doubles point behind a strong effort from the No. 1 doubles team of DiPastina and Keesey for the 8-3 win over Karina Chiarelli and Lindsay Risebrough. At the No. 3 spot, O’Keefe and Escobedo downed Danielle Mousseau and Jackie Sperling, 8-4. In singles action, Hubbs posted the Buckeyes’ second point with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Mousseau at the No. 5 spot while O’Keefe put Ohio State ahead, 3-0, with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Sperling at No. 6 singles. Escobedo clinched the Buckeyes’ victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ferrazzi at No. 1.
Against Drake, Ohio State took the doubles point behind 8-3 victories from the No. 1 doubles team of Keesey and DiPastina and the No. 2 doubles team of Blackmore and Hubbs. Escobedo defeated Veronika Leszayova, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot while DiPastina followed suit in No. 2 singles, winning 7-5, 6-2, over Irina Kalashnikova. The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots were all dominant, with Blackmore winning 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles, Keesey winning 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot and O’Keefe picking up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 5 spot.
Against Coastal Carolina the Buckeyes again won the doubles point, with DiPastina and Keesey leading the way with an 8-3 win in No. 1 doubles. The Scarlet and Gray won all six singles matches in straight sets against Coastal Carolina, including two white-washings. Escobedo won with a 6-0, 6-0, victory over Lexi Bolesky in No. 1 singles. Keesey provided her second 6-0, 6-0, win of the day from the No. 4 spot, toppling Tine Petkova. DiPastina won 6-3, 6-1 in No. 2 singles, Blackmore won her eighth straight, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot and O’Keefe added a 6-2, 6-1 victory from the No. 6 spot.
Up Next: vs. Boston University, 10 a.m. March 29 at OSU Varsity Tennis Center
vs. Michigan State, 11 a.m. March 30 at OSU Varsity Tennis Center
at Northwestern, 11 a.m. April 5 in Evanston, Ill.
at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. April 6 in Madison, Wis.

No. 10 Men’s Volleyball (12-6; 8-1 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State went 2-0 last week after defeating No. 15 Lewis, 3-0, March 19 and Loyola-Chicago, 3-1, March 21.
The Buckeyes won, 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-22) at No. 15 Lewis March 19 behind Jason Tobkin’s match-high 15.5 points with Brett Versen adding13.5. Tobkin collected 11 kills while hitting a career-high .556, adding three ace serves and three assist blocks. Versen recorded 10 kills, one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks.
In its second contest of the week, Ohio State overcame a 30-28 game one win by Loyola-Chicago to defeat the Ramblers, 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26) March 21 in Chicago. Buckeye Robbie Klein scored a match-high 20.5 points in the contest with Versen adding 19. Klein had a match-high 17 kills, one ace serve and five assist blocks while Versen had 16 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and two assist blocks.

Wrestling (19-4; 6-2 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
J Jaggers and Mike Pucillo were crowned 2008 NCAA National Champions Saturday to give the Buckeyes their first individual national championship since 2004. Senior heavyweight J.D. Bergman was an NCAA runner-up and sophomore Lance Palmer finished eighth, giving the Buckeyes four All-Americans for the second-consecutive year.
As a team, Ohio State finished second with 79 points. The second-place finish is the best standing for the Buckeyes in program history. Ohio State’s previous best was third (tie) in 2004.
The Buckeyes never have had three finalists in the NCAA championships. In 1993, the Scarlet and Gray advanced two wrestlers to the finals in 1993 national champion and two-time All-American Rex Holman and two-time national champion and three-time All-American Kevin Randleman. Ohio State and Iowa were the only programs in the 2008 edition of the championships to qualify three finalists.
Jaggers, a redshirt-junior, became the first 2008 champion for the Buckeyes, defeating No. 1-seed Chad Mendes of Cal Poly, 5-2, at 141 pounds.
At 184 pounds, Pucillo, redshirt-sophomore, clinched the second-place team finish for the Buckeyes when he downed No. 1-seed Jake Varner of Iowa State on a tiebreaking riding time advantage of six seconds.
In his third matchup against Northwestern’s No. 1-seed Dustin Fox, Bergman dropped a heartbreaking 4-2 decision in the final. All three of Bergman’s losses this season have come from Fox. With the scored tied, 1-1, at the end of the third period, the match was forced into overtime. Neither wrestler could score in the sudden victory period, but each grappler tacked on an escape in both 30-second tiebreakers. It was in the second sudden victory Fox scored a takedown to win his second-consecutive national championship.
At 149 pounds, Lance Palmer became a two-time All-American Saturday. In the seventh-place matchup, Palmer dropped a 3-2 decision to No.2-seed Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 25-April 1

March 26
Synchronized swimming hosting U.S. Collegiate Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Baseball vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

Men’s basketball vs. Dayton, 9 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio State
Value City Arena

March 27
Synchronized swimming hosting U.S. Collegiate Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s swimming at NCAA Championships, TBA
Federal Way, Wash.

March 28
Synchronized swimming hosting U.S. Collegiate Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s golf at Furman Intercollegiate, TBA
Greenville, S.C.

Men’s swimming at NCAA Championships, TBA
Federal Way, Wash.

Men’s tennis at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Softball vs. Iowa, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

Women’s lacrosse vs. Bucknell, 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s volleyball at Penn State, 7 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

March 29
Synchronized swimming hosting U.S. Collegiate Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s golf at Furman Intercollegiate, TBA
Greenville, S.C.

Rowing at Windermere Real Estate Collegiate Classic, TBA
Redwood City, Calif.

Men’s track at Miami Conference Triangular, TBA
Coral Gables, Fla.

Men’s swimming at NCAA Championships, TBA
Federal Way, Wash.

Women’s tennis vs. Boston University, 10 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Softball vs. Iowa, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

Men’s lacrosse at Quinnipiac, 1 p.m.
Hamden, Conn.

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

Women’s Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships, 2 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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

Men’s volleyball at St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m.
Loretto, Pa.

March 30
Men’s golf at Furman Intercollegiate, TBA
Greenville, S.C.

Rowing at Windermere Real Estate Collegiate Classic, TBA
Redwood City, Calif.

Women’s tennis vs. Michigan State, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Softball vs. Illinois, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

Men’s tennis at Michigan State, noon
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s lacrosse at Virginia Tech, 1 p.m.
Blacksburg, Va.

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

Softball vs. Illinois, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field