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Feb. 18, 2004

Athletes of the Week

Senior Tommy Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/ Bishop Ready) climbed tothe top of the Ohio State record charts in both career wins andcareer takedowns in the three-dual weekend vs. Illinois, MichiganState and Central Michigan. Friday at Illinois, Rowlands recordedhis 152nd career victory, surpassing Ed Potokar for No. 1 on theOSU wins list with a technical fall over No. 9 Mike Benhke. Sunday,the three-time All-American recorded career takedown No. 647 toclaim the top spot in all-time takedowns at OSU in anothertechnical fall win vs. MSU. Rowlands added a third technical fallover No. 17 Bill Stouffer of CMU. Rowlands has won his last fivematches – three against ranked opponents – either by fall oftechnical fall. Women’s basketball player Caity Matter, the Big TenPlayer of the Week, led Ohio State to two upset wins over No. 10/10Minnesota (75-57) Thursday in Columbus and at No. 15/17 MichiganState (72-53) Sunday. A junior guard from Bluffton, Ohio, Matteraveraged 25.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the Buckeyes’two upsets over ranked teams last week. She shot a combined18-of-26 (.692) from the field, 10-of-15 (.667) from 3-point landand 5-of-6 (.833) from the free-throw line. This is the first BigTen Player of the Week award for a Buckeye player this season andthe second such honor for Matter during her Ohio State career.

Athletics Good Stuff

The No. 16 men’s tennis team, 7-1, upset No. 8 Vanderbilt, 4-3,and defeated No. 17 Alabama, 6-1, Feb. 13-14 in Columbus, Ohio. The4-3 decision over Vanderbilt was the first Top 10 win for headcoach Ty Tucker. Ohio State is 3-1 against Top 25 opponents in the2004 season. The squad defeated No. 24 Clemson, No. 8 Vanderbiltand No. 17 Alabama. Their only Top 25 loss was a 5-2 decision atNo. 21 Georgia. The OSU tandem of Scott Green and Ross Wilson,ranked No. 38 in the country, defeated the No. 13 pair Alabama’sChris Gostek and Stephen Mitchell. Ohio State have won the doublespoint in all eight matches this season. Freshman Joey Atas remainedundefeated in 2004 singles with eight victories. Playing the No. 2spot for Ohio State, Atas has quality wins over top opponentsincluding the No. 27 (Matthew Lockin, Vanderbilt) and No. 31(Nathan Thompson, Clemson) players in the country. Senior JeremyWurtzman, the No. 1 player in the country, improved his dualsrecord to 7-1 while playing all eight matches at the No. 1 positionfor Ohio State. Next up, Ohio State travels to face No. 12 VirginiaCommonwealth at 2 p.m. Friday in Richmond, Va. The Buckeyes areback on the road at No. 57 Virginia Tech Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.The No. 12 men’s hockey team swept visiting Nebraska-Omaha by 3-1and 4-3 wins last weekend. Four Buckeyes – Andrew Schembri, DanKnapp, Scott May and Paul Caponigri – each had four points on theweekend. Schembri, who had three goals and an assist, was honoredas CCHA Rookie of the Week for his performance. The Buckeyes returnto action with a two-game series at Western Michigan. The Buckeyesand Broncos will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturdayin Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The women’s ice hockey teamearned two conference points as it split with Minnesota State lastweekend in Mankato, Minn. OSU fell, 4-1, Friday and shut out MSU,2-0, Saturday. OSU’s penalty-killing unit held MSU scoreless on allsix power-play chances on the weekend. The Buckeyes have stoppedtheir opponents on 102-of-112 power-plays this season. The Buckeyeslook to improve upon their 7-3-1 home record as they return to theOSU Ice Rink for a match-up with the Minnesota Golden Gophers at7:05 p.m. EST Feb. 20-21 in Columbus, Ohio. The baseball team isoff this weekend after going 0-3 at the Minute Maid College Classicin Houston. The Buckeyes lost 6-0 to Texas, 12-6 to Kansas Stateand 9-4 to Texas Tech. Drew Anderson was 5-for-13 (.385) in thethree games with a double and home run in the tournament finale vs.the Red Raiders. The Buckeyes return to action Feb. 27-29 at theBaseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach. Ohio State willplay Richmond and Coastal Carolina, which both advanced to the 2003NCAA Tournament, and Kent State. The women’s gymnastics team (7-3,0-1 Big Ten) fell to No. 9 Nebraska Sunday, 197.100-193.825. TheBuckeyes were led by senior Tiffanie Janke (Schaumberg, Ill.) whoplaced second on floor exercise with a score of 9.900 and finishedthird in the all-around with a score of 39.325. This Saturday theBuckeyes host No. 22 Penn State in their final home meet of theseason at 7 p.m., in St. John Area. The meet will be a coed meetwith the men’s gymnastics team.

Women’s gymnastics head coach Larry Cox is one win shy of his 250th career victory. Since his arrival in 1979, Cox has tallied a career record of 249-135-2. Over the past 24 seasons Cox’s teams have claimed five consecutive Big Ten championships (1983-87), qualified for eight NCAA championships and has never missed the NCAA regional championships. Cox is also a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year recipient.

The No. 17 men’s lacrosse team opens the 2004 season at 1 p.m.Saturday when it plays host to Penn State at the North Turf Field.The squad will be led by co-captains senior goalie Tony Russo,senior attackman Anthony Gilardi, senior defensemen Matt Cafarelliand Greg Bice and junior midfielder Tom Randisi. The softball teamposted a 3-2 record at the Arizona State Fiesta Bowl Tournament,including wins over two ranked teams, to begin the 2004 season. TheBuckeyes defeated Cal State-Northridge, 2-1, No. 20 Oregon, 3-1,and No. 19 Arizona State, 6-3. Freshman Jamee Juarez pitched threecomplete game victories with 14 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA duringthe weekend, while junior Karisa Evans posted a team-best .462(6-13) batting average. Freshman Megan Schwab batted .412 (7-17)with a game-winning three-run homer to beat Oregon, while seniorBreana Pozzi batted .364 (4-11). Juarez added a grand slam homerunin the win over Arizona State. The Buckeyes will have a week offbefore playing in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., Feb.27-29. The women’s tennis team (1-2, 1-0 Big Ten) defeated PennState, 7-0, in the Big Ten conference opener for both teams Sunday.The shut out was Ohio State’s first since March 16, 2002 when itdefeated Boston University. The Buckeyes last shut out a Big Tenopponent March 2, 2001, against Minnesota. The Buckeyes remain homefor their next three matches, beginning with a match againstNebraska at 1 p.m. Friday. Followed Sunday when the Buckeyes playhost to Yale and Cleveland State, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively,Feb. 22. All three matches will be played at Jesse Owens WestRecreation Center. The wrestling team (8-9, 4-3 Big Ten) competedin three duals over the weekend as they traveled to No. 3 Illinoisand dropped a tight 19-14 decision, while returning home Sunday fora pair of bouts against Big Ten foe Michigan State and No. 15Central Michigan. The Buckeyes downed the Spartans by a 30-8 count,but suffered another tough loss to CMU in the finale Sunday,falling 21-14. Seniors Jeff Ratliff, Blake Kaplan and TommyRowlands each completed the three duals with a 3-0 record as Kaplanknocked off third-ranked Ryan Glynn of Illinois Friday and Rowlandsdefeated a trio of wrestlers via technical fall en route to settingOhio State all-time records in both career wins and careertakedowns. The match Friday at Illinois served as the 500th dual ofOSU head coach Russ Hellickson’s career.

The Buckeyes close out dual action in 2004 with a trip to Iowa Friday, followed by a bout at Northern Iowa Sunday. Both Iowa and Northern Iowa are ranked in the national Top 15.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at PennState Friday and Saturday as the women finished second and the mensixth in the two-day Sykes Sabock Challenge in State College, Pa.Junior jumper Rosalind Goodwin scored major points for the Buckeyeswith an OSU record-setting effort in the women’s long jump and asecond-place finish in the triple jump. Ohio State also was fueledby winning marks in the throw events as junior Keturah Lofton ledfive Buckeyes to place in the weight, while sophomore AmarachiUkabam topped Lofton and teammate Shelaine Larson as three Buckeyesin the Top 5 of the shot put. The men’s side was again led bywinning efforts in the both the shot put and weight throw by seniorDan Taylor as he won his 11th and 12th straight throw events thisseason. Another 10 points were awarded to the men’s total afterjunior Brian Olinger clocked a NCAA provisional 14:15.51 to win themen’s 5,000 meters. Season-best performances also were turned in byfreshman Jenna Harris in both the 60-meter dash and 200 meters andjunior John Morris in the 400 meters. The Buckeyes conclude theindoor home slate as they play host to the Scarlet and GrayInvitational Saturday at French Field House. The women’s basketballteam moved to 15-8 overall and 7-5 in Big Ten play with two upsetsover ranked teams last week. The Buckeyes rolled past No. 10/10Minnesota Thursday night, 75-57, in Value City Arena. Junior CaityMatter led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, including a24-point first-half effort. Freshman Jessica Davenport and seniorLaToya Turner scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Turner grabbeda team-best nine rebounds and sophomore point guard Kim Wilburntallied four steals, five assists and no turnovers. The Buckeyesblew by No. 15/17 Michigan State (19-5; 9-4 Big Ten), 72-53, Sundayafternoon at The Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. Matter ledall scorers with a 23-point effort off a 7-for-11 stroke from thefield and a 6-of-9 afternoon from downtown. Davenport and Turnerscored 15 points each and pulled down 11 and nine rebounds,respectively. The No. 4 men’s gymnastics team played host to No. 2California and No. 4 Oklahoma Friday night at St. John Arena.During the meet, the Buckeyes claimed the rings (36.65) and vault(37.15) titles. Junior Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa.) capturedhis fifth all-around title, scoring a 54.650 and Ronald Ferris(So., Austintown, Ohio) recorded a 9.5 on pommel horse to finishfirst. Ohio State traveled to Lincoln, Neb. Sunday, where it facedNo. 8 Nebraska. OSU dominated the parallel bars and high barevents, scoring a 35.625 and 36.450, respectively. Kerry Adderly(Jr., Orlando, Fla.) paced the Buckeyes, as he finished in the Top3 on four events, including a first-place finish on parallel bars(9.150). The team closes out the regular season at 7 p.m. Saturdayin a co-ed meet. Men’s volleyball (7-4 overall, 3-2 MIVA) has athree-match winning streak after defeating Mercyhurst (3-0) andLoyola (3-2) last week. Adam Pedersen had career-highs of 22.5points, 17 kills and nine assist blocks in the 3-2 win over theRamblers. OSU will travel to Springfield, Mass. to face UC-Irvinein the Semifinals of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic Friday.The Buckeyes would then face either Springfield or Penn StateSaturday. Rifle finished fifth in the NCAA Qualifier/NRA Sectionalheld at Xavier over the weekend. Bryan Toth was OSU’s top shooterin air rifle (380) finishing ninth overall while Linnea Nygren wasseventh (1,155) in smallbore rifle. Ohio State will compete in theWestern Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships next weekendin West Lafayette, Ind. Pistol shot a school record 6,344 in theMidwest Sectional hosted by Ohio State. It was one of seven sitesthat will send the top 10 team and top 30 individuals to theCollegiate Nationals in March. Teams and individuals advancing willbe announced later. Jessica Marshall was the top shooter in airpistol with a 558 score. She also was the top shooter in women’ssport pistol (567) and women’s air pistol (371). Women’s lacrossewas picked by the coaches of the American Lacrosse Conference towin the league in preseason voting. Ohio State was also rankedninth in the country in the preseason Intercollegiate Women’sLacrosse Coaches Association Poll. The Buckeyes open the seasonFeb. 27 at No. 14 Stanford. The synchronized swimming team (9-0)defeated William & Mary, 102-86, and Richmond, 90-72, in a twoseparate duel meets held over the weekend in Virginia. The Buckeyesswept the both squads in all four routine events. Against William& Mary, Katrin Eggenberger won her second consecutivefirst-place honor in solo, recording a score of 89.500. ChelseaLuker and Carly Grimshaw teamed up to finish first in the duet witha mark of 93.667. Kate Hooven and Becky Kim earned second place.Hooven, Kim and teammate Lindsay Newbill recorded a win in the trioevent with a mark of 93.500 while Luker, Grimshaw and Lauren Marshfinished second. The Buckeye squad also took home a victory in theteam event with a score of 95.500.

Eggenberger won the solo event for the Buckeyes, recording a score of 85.000 against Richmond. Luker and Grimshaw teamed up to finish first in the duet with a mark of 91.500. Hooven and Kim earned second place. Luker, Grimshaw and Marsh finished first in trio and tallied a score of 89.500. The Buckeyes also took home first place in the team event with a mark of 94.500.

The 11th-ranked women’s golf team finished third last week atthe Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, shooting a score of 914(+62). The Buckeyes tallied a final-round mark of 302, their lowestround of the tournament. Ohio State’s third-place finish was thehighest in the nine-year history of the event. Ohio State juniorKristen White tied for fourth place individually with a score of221 (+8). Allison Hanna shot a team-best one-under 70 in the finalround and jumped 22 spots to tie for seventh, finishing with a markof 223 (+10). Lindsay Knowlton tied for 32nd (232), Allyson Harvietied for 47th (238) and Jennifer Selfinger tied for 75th (253).Jennifer Borowiec tied for 77th (254) while competing as anindividual. The men’s golf team concluded play at the 2004 MatlockInvitational Tuesday and finished third with a three-round total of877. The Buckeyes third-place finish in the event was their thirdTop 5 finish of the 2003-04 season. The event was played inLakeland, Fla. at the Par 72, 7,065-yard Grasslands Golf andCountry Club. Kevin Hall (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Rita School forthe Deaf) paced the Buckeyes as he fired a final-round score of 68and tied for seventh. Hall finished the tournament with athree-round total of 215, which marked his lowest three-round totalof the 2003-04 season.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 22
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Thursday, Feb. 19
Women’s Basketball vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday, Feb. 20
Women’s Tennis vs. Nebraska, 1 p.m.
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Men’s Tennis at VCU, 2 p.m.
Richmond, Va.

Men’s Volleyball vs. UC-Irvine, 6 p.m.
Holyoke, Mass.

Wrestling at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Track Scarlet and Gray Invitational, 10 a.m.
French Field House

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Penn State, 1 p.m.
North Turf Field

Wrestling at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Basketball at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Hockey at Western Michigan, 8:05 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Synchronized Swimming at Keuka College
Keuka Park, N.Y.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Springfield or Penn State, 6 or 8 p.m.
Holyoke, Mass.

Rifle Tournament
West Lafayette, Ind.

Sunday, Feb. 22
Women’s Tennis vs. Yale, 10 a.m.
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Women’s Basketball vs. Illinois, 1 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Tennis vs. Cleveland State, 5 p.m.
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Men’s Tennis at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.