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Athletes of the Week
• Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer went 4-0 in the wrestling team’s third-place finish at the 2010 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa. On a pair of decisions, a major decision and a pin, Palmer earned his 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th wins of the season vs. just one loss. He was instrumental in helping the Buckeyes to a 10-0 start in 2009-10 following their win over No. 8 Cornell, which stands as the second-best start in program history.

• Samantha Prahalis, a sophomore point guard on the women’s basketball team, was named the Big Ten’s player of the week in recognition of her performance in the 65-62 win at No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9. The Commack, N.Y., native scored a career-high 32 points as she helped the Buckeyes overcome an 11-point deficit in front of a hostile road crowd of 12,412 at the Breslin Center.

Prahalis also contributed six rebounds, five assists and two steals as Ohio State won its ninth-consecutive game, improving to 17-1 overall and 5-0 in Big Ten play. The sophomore’s point total came on a career-high 10 field goals, which included a career-best four three-pointers, while making good on 8-of-13 from the free throw line. She and teammate Jantel Lavender combined to score 52 of Ohio State’s 65 points and scored the Buckeyes’ final 22 points over the last 17:06 of the game.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Basketball (11-4, 1-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Ohio State continues its stretch of road games to start the Big Ten season at No. 4 Purdue Jan. 12 (7 p.m./ESPN). The Buckeyes are 11-4 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten play with all three loses coming on the road against Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.
• The Buckeyes celebrated the return of junior guard Evan Turner Jan. 6 with a win over Indiana at Value City Arena. Turner missed just over four weeks after suffering broken bones in his back. The All-America candidate became the 21st player in Ohio State history to record more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds with an eight-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 9. He has 1,060 points and 501 career rebounds. He needs just 12 assists to become only the second player to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 career assists.
Up Next: at Purdue, 7 p.m. Jan. 12 in West Lafayette, Ind. (ESPN)
vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Value City Arena (BTN)
vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Value City Arena (BTN)
at West Virginia, 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in Morgantown, W.V. (CBS)
at Iowa, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Iowa City, Iowa (BTN)
vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in Columbus, Ohio (CBS)

No. 6 Women’s Basketball (17-1, 5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State used a 65-62 win over Michigan State Jan. 9 to remain perfect in the Big Ten, holding the Spartans without a field goal for the final 5:57 of the game. Samantha Prahalis scored a career-high 32 points. Her previous best was 23 against Sacred Heart in last year’s NCAA tournament.
Up Next: vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Indiana, 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
at Purdue, 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in West Lafayette, Ind. (ESPN2)
vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
at Indiana, noon Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ind. (Big Ten Network)

No. 5 Football (11-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Jim Tressel was named the 2010 Duffy Daugherty Award recipient Jan. 8. Tressel’s record stands at 229-78-2 and he is the only coach in the history of the game to win a national championship at both the 1A and 1AA level. Tressel led Ohio State to an impressive Rose Bowl victory over Oregon Jan. 1.

No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• With alumni, friends and family gathered in St. John Arena Jan. 9, Ohio State put on a show at the Varsity Exhibition, its final tune-up before the start of the 2010 season.
• The Buckeyes open their regular season at the 40th-annual Windy City Invitational hosted by UIC at 8 p.m. EST Jan. 16 in Chicago.
Up Next: at Windy City Invitational, 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in Chicago, Ill.
vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at St. John Arena
at Winter Cup Challenge, TBA Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas

No. 18 Women’s Gymnastics (0-1)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State, who opened its season on the road for the third-consecutive season, fell to No. 16 Missouri Jan. 8 in Columbia, Mo. With four student-athletes competing in the all-around, sophomore Casey Williamson posted the Buckeyes’ top performance with a 38.500 to tie for fourth. In addition, Rebecca Best scored a 38.350 after earning a pair of 9.800s on vault and beam.
Up Next: vs. Oregon State, 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at St. John Arena
at Pittsburg, 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Pittsburg, Pa.
at Michigan State, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 in East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Hockey (9-12-1, 7-8-1-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Led by nine points from the line of John Albert, C.J. Severyn and Hunter Bishop, Ohio State skated to a 7-2 victory over Bowling Green Jan. 8 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes carried a one-goal lead into the third period but scored four goals in less than four minutes to put the Falcons away.
• Ohio State completed the sweep of Bowling Green with a 4-3 win over the Falcons Jan. 9 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never trailed, holding off a 6-on-4 BGSU advantage in the final minute for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association victory. Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe led the Buckeyes with two goals and three points, including the game-winning goal, while Bishop had three assists.
• Defenseman Devon Krogh was named the CCM CCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 11. Krogh had three points, with two power-play goals and an assist, and a +1 mark in the Buckeyes’ sweep of Bowling Green last weekend.
Up Next: vs. U.S. National Under-18 Team (exhibition), 7:05 p.m. Jan. 15 at Value City Arena
at Michigan State, 7:35 p.m. Jan. 22 in East Lansing, Mich. (FS Plus)
at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m. Jan. 23 in East Lansing, Mich. (Big Ten Network)
vs. Ferris State, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 29 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Ferris State, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 30 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)

No. 10 Women’s Hockey (9-9-4, 6-8-2-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Ohio State carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, but No. 2 Minnesota scored four unanswered goals for the 5-2 win Jan. 8 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The loss ended the Buckeyes’ unbeaten streak at four games.
• Ohio State could not get its offense going in game two, falling to No. 2 Minnesota, 6-0, Jan.9 in front of 1,358 fans at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes were stifled the majority of the game and only able to generate a handful of scoring opportunities as they were shut out for the first time this season.
• Freshman goaltender Chelsea Knapp was selected WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Jan. 6. It was the fourth weekly honor collected by a Buckeye this season, the third earned by a freshman, and the first defensive award.
Up Next: at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 15 Mankato, Minn.
at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m. Jan. 16 in Mankato, Minn.
vs. Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 22 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Bemidji State, 2:07 p.m. Jan. 23 at OSU Ice Rink

Pistol (5-0)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Pistol hosted the Midwest NRA Air Pistol Sectional with the Buckeyes earning the top five spots in the competition. Erin Meadows (548) finished first, Kelsey Imig (542) second and Blake Reburn (541) was third. OSU’s Robert Deppi (539) was fourth and Peter Orban (538) tied for fifth.
Up Next: vs. U.S. Military Academy, 8 a.m. Jan. 15 at Converse Hall
vs. U.S. Military Academy, 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at Converse Hall
at U.S. Naval Academy, TBA Jan. 22-23 in Annapolis, Md.
hosting Winter Open, 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
vs. The Citadel, 8 a.m. Jan. 30 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
hosting Winter Open, 8 a.m. Jan. 30 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
vs. The Citadel, 9 a.m. Jan. 31 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
hosting Winter Open, 9 a.m. Jan. 31 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

No. 12 Men’s Swimming and Diving (5-0)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State returned to competitive racing and diving for the first time in over a month and defeated Wright State Jan. 10, 205-82, to improve to 5-0 on the season. The swimming and diving team, ranked 12th nationally in the dual meet rankings, won all 14 events to cruise to the victory.
• Senior co-captain Joel Elber, senior Daniel Malnik and sophomores Andrew Elliott and Lincoln Fahrbach won two races apiece to pace the Buckeyes.
Up Next: vs. Indiana, noon Jan. 16 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, noon Jan. 30 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

No. 30 Women’s Swimming and Diving (4-0)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State picked up its second win in 24 hours by defeating Wright State, 191.5-102.5, Jan. 10 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The win, in the wake of a win over Toledo at Toledo Jan. 9, improved the nation’s No. 30-ranked team’s record to 4-0 on the season.
• The Buckeyes won 13 of the 16 events at home, including the 200 medley relay to open the meet. Juniors Samantha Cheverton and Anita Beck led the Buckeyes with two wins apiece.
Up Next: at Michigan State, All Day Jan. 22 in East Lansing, Mich.
vs. Michigan, 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion
vs. Penn State, 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion
vs. Penn State, noon Jan. 30 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Men’s Track
Head coach: Robert Gary
• French Field House re-opened its doors Jan. 9 as Ohio State opened the 2010 season at the Buckeye Classic. The kickoff to the indoor season was a great warm-up for the Buckeyes heading into next weekend’s showdown in Ann Arbor at the annual OSU-Michigan “Dual.”
• Thomas Murdaugh was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week Jan. 11 by the conference after his impressive season-opening performance at the Buckeye Classic. The 2009 All-American opened his second year in Columbus with a dominating victory in the 400m dash – his winning time of 48.25 (an NCAA provisional qualifier) was almost a full second better than the second-place finisher. Murdaugh wrapped the competition by anchoring Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team to a first-place time of 3:15.06.
• A run of 8:22.86 earned redshirt freshman Cory Leslie a victory in the 3000m run and clearing the bar at 2.00m (6-6.75), senior Ryan Blake managed a first-place finish in the high jump.
Up Next: “The Dual” at Michigan, Jan. 16 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
at Penn State Nationals, All Day Jan. 29-30 in State College, Pa.

Women’s Track
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State opened its 2010 campaign inside newly-renovated French Field House Jan. 9. Mixing skilled veterans with fresh faces, the Buckeyes enjoyed a solid debut in front of their hometown fans, seeing contributions from nearly every event area.
• Although Ohio State witnessed significant improvement across the board, the Buckeyes’ sprints and hurdles continued to carry the Buckeyes. Perhaps the best race of the day came in the 400m dash, as a pair of Buckeyes dueled for the top spot. Sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis, the anchor of Ohio State’s Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team, squeaked by senior Latoya Sanderson at finish line with a time 57.30.
Up Next: at Kentucky Invite, Jan. 15 in Lexington, Ky.
at Penn State Nationals, All Day Jan. 29-30 in State College, Pa.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• After advancing to its first NCAA final in program history last spring, Ohio State returns for the 2010 campaign ranked third in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings announced Jan. 5. Guided by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have now been ranked in the Top 25 in the ITA rankings for 10-consecutive years.
• In singles, Ohio State has three members ranked in the Top 125. Junior Shuhei Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, is No. 34, while sophomore Steven Williams is No. 88. Sophomore Chase Buchanan rounds out the Buckeyes at No. 103 in the singles polls.
Up Next: vs. Butler/Xavier, TBA Jan. 20 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
hosting ITA National Indoors Qualifier, All Day Jan. 30-21 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

No. 38 Women’s Tennis
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State is slated 38th in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, while senior Kirsten Flower is ranked No. 53 nationally in singles, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Jan. 5. In the ITA’s Midwest singles rankings, Flower is No. 7, senior Christina Keesey is No. 14 and junior Paloma Escobedo is 19th. The doubles tandem of junior Cami Hubbs and sophomore Kelsey Haviland holds down the No. 4 spot.
Up Next: vs. Xavier, 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
vs. Cleveland State, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
vs. Memphis, 1 p.m. Jan. 23 in Columbia, Mo.
at Missouri, 6 p.m. Jan. 23 in Columbia, Mo.
vs. Fresno State at ITA National Indoors Qualifier, 2 p.m. Jan. 29 in Fresno, Calif.

No. 10 Men’s Volleyball (0-3)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State opened the season with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-26) loss at No. 12 Hawaii in the Outrigger Hotels Invitational. Shawn Sangrey had 11.5 points with 11 kills and one assist block. John Klanac added 9.5 points with eight kills, one solo block and one assist block. Steven Kehoe had 35 assists and Mik Berzins had nine digs.
• In the 3-1 (20-30, 30-26, 30-25, 30-14) loss to No. 1 Southern California, Sangrey had a match-high 23.5 points with 19 kills, one ace serve and seven assist blocks. Klanac added 17 points with 14 kills, two ace serves and two assist blocks. Kehoe had 44 assists and a team-high nine digs.
• In the 3-1 (30-16, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25) loss to No. 5 Penn State, Ted Schoenfeldt posted 18 points with 13 kills, three ace serve and four assist blocks. Klanac added 17 points with 16 kills and one ace serve. Kehoe posted 46 assists and Berzins added 15 digs.
• OSU’s Klanac was named to the All-Tournament team. He averaged 3.95 points per game and averaged 3.45 kills, .91 digs and .36 blocks per game.
Up Next: vs. IPFW, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. John Arena
at St. Francis, 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in Loretto, Pa.
at Juniata, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 in Huntingdon, Pa.
vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. John Arena
vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at St. John Arena
vs. George Mason, 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. John Arena

No. 3 Wrestling (11-1)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Behind six wins, Ohio State finished third in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 10 after defeating No. 5 Minnesota, 26-12, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
• The Buckeyes rebounded nicely from a semifinal loss to No. 2 Iowa State earlier in the day to return to double-digit scoring. Furthermore, aside from just the seven points it allowed against No. 15 Arizona State in the opening round of the National Duals, Ohio State gave up only 12 points to the Gophers.
Up Next: vs. Penn State, 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. John Arena (Big Ten Network (Tape Delay))
at Purdue, 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in West Lafayette, Ind.
at Indiana, 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ind.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 12-17

Jan. 12
Men’s basketball at Purdue, 7 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.
ESPN

Jan. 14
Women’s basketball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
BigTenNetwork.com

Jan. 15-18
Synchronized swimming hosting U.S. National Team Trials, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Jan. 15
Women’s track at Kentucky Invite, TBA
Lexington, Ky.

Pistol vs. U.S. Military Academy, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Fencing at Division I NAC, TBA
San Jose, Calif.

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

Men’s hockey at U.S. National Under-18 Team (exhibition), 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s volleyball vs. IPFW, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Jan. 16
Men’s track at Michigan, TBA
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Rifle at Camp Perry 2X Air Rifle Competition, TBA
Port Clinton, Ohio

Pistol vs. U.S. Military Academy, 8 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Men’s swimming and diving vs. Indiana, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

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

Women’s gymnastics vs. Oregon State, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Men’s gymnastics at Windy City Invitational, 8 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Men’s basketball vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Jan. 17
Women’s basketball vs. Indiana, 2 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
Big Ten Network

Men’s volleyball at St. Francis, 2 p.m.
Loretto, Pa.