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Athletes of the Week
• After moving up a weight class to 165 pounds, captain Colt Sponseller’s 12-2 major decision over Ben Boudro of Michigan State lifted the Buckeyes to a 13-10 lead after trailing the Spartans, 10-9. From that point, Ohio State never relinquished the lead in the 19-16 win. Sponseller improves to 13-3 on the season and nearly had the shutout up until the third period when Boudro managed a pair of escapes.

• Junior sprinter/hurdler Christina Manning was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Jan. 17 by the conference office. The Waldorf, Md., native turned in an outstanding performance Saturday at the inaugural “Dual” against Michigan with two first-place finishes. Manning won the 60m hurdles in 8.13, the fastest time in Division I this season, the third-best time in OSU history and an NCAA automatic qualifier. Manning also picked up a win in the 200m dash at 24.50, good for the eighth-fastest time in the country this year.

Athletics
• With all eight fall NCAA championships completed, Ohio State sits third in the 2010-11 Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings as of Jan. 12. The Buckeyes (369.00) have the highest ranking among Big Ten schools and rank behind first-place Stanford (399.00) and second-place North Carolina (380.00).

No. 2 Men’s Basketball (18-0, 5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• William Buford scored 19 points and Ohio State went on a 12-0 run in the second half before holding on to beat Michigan 68-64 on Jan. 12.
• Jared Sullinger scored 19 points and hit a three-point play with 13.2 seconds left to lift the Buckeyes to a 69-66 victory over Penn State Jan. 15.
• Sullinger earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the third time and Freshman of the Week honors for the eighth time this season Jan. 10. The 6-9 center recorded back-to-back double-doubles in conference wins against Iowa and Minnesota last week.

No. 24 Women’s Basketball (11-6, 2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State’s shooting woes continued Jan. 13 in Evanston in a 64-53 loss to Northwestern, giving the Wildcats their first victory over the Buckeyes since 1999.
• Jantel Lavender scored 24 points as Ohio State rolled over No. 9 Michigan State, 67-53, Jan. 16 at Value City Arena.
• Lavender was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced Jan. 10. Lavender recorded back-to-back double-doubles in league play vs. Indiana and at Iowa and average 19.5 points and 18.0 rebounds while shooting 53.6 percent from the field.
• Lavender was named to the 2011 Women’s John R. Wooden Award mid-season watch list, announced Jan. 11 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who, based on this year’s individual performance and team records, are the current frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Fencing
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
• Members of the Ohio State fencing team wrapped up competition at the North American Cup C tournament in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 17. Eight of the 17 participants from Ohio State logged Top 25 finishes at the event. Sabreist Max Stearns and epeeist Caroline Piasecka led the way for the Buckeyes. Both claimed medals as they tied for bronze in their respective weapon categories.

No. 5 Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Linebacker Ross Homan will represent the Buckeyes in the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl after officially accepting an invitation to the senior showcase event Jan. 16. He will play for the North team while in Mobile, which will be coached by Marvin Lewis and his Cincinnati Bengals staff. The 62nd game is scheduled for 3pm (CT) on Saturday, Jan. 29th in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

No. 6 Men’s Gymnastics
Interim co-head coaches: Doug Stibel & Blaine Wilson
• Competing at the 41st annual Windy City Invitational Jan. 15, sixth-ranked Ohio State finished fourth with a 339.800 in its season opener in Chicago, Ill.
• Leading the way for Ohio State were senior co-captain Brandon Wynn, junior Ty Echard and freshman Jeff Treleaven. Wynn, the 2010 Big Ten and NCAA champion on rings, claimed the event title with a 15.8 score. Echard, a 2009 All-American, won pommel horse with a meet-high 15.4, while Treleaven tied for first place with a 15.9 score in his first collegiate competition as a Buckeye.

No. 15 Women’s Gymnastics (1-1)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• No. 15 Ohio State dropped a 195.925-193.300 decision to No. 8 Oregon State Jan. 14 in Corvallis, Ore.
• Sarah Miller earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after helping the Buckeyes upset No. 23 Minnesota, the conference office announced Jan. 10. The award marks the first such honor for an Ohio State gymnast. Miller, from Collegeville, Pa., took the event title on beam with a score of 9.875 while tying for second on vault at 9.800 and third on floor exercise at 9.750. The 9.875 beam score ranked third nationally over the first week of competition.

Men’s Hockey (12-9-2, 7-7-2-2 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Ohio State fell on the road to No. 18 Western Michigan, 4-2, Jan. 14 in Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.
• A third-period goal from sophomore Jeff McNeil lifted Ohio State to a 2-2 tie with No. 18 Western Michigan Jan. 15. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 2-1 in three rounds, to earn the extra point in the CCHA standings.
• After a sweep of No. 7/8 Miami over the weekend, senior forward John Albert was named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and junior Cal Heeter was honored as the CCHA Goaltender of the Week. The Buckeyes shut out the RedHawks, 1-0, Friday before scoring five unanswered goals in the third for a 5-2 victory Saturday.

Women’s Hockey (12-10-2, 6-10-2-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Down 2-1 in the third period, Ohio State scored twice in the last 5 minutes to rally for the 3-2 victory at Minnesota State Jan. 14 in Mankato, Minn. Junior forward Natalie Spooner tallied the gamewinner with 1:12 left in regulation to pick up her 100th career point after opening the scoring for the Buckeyes in the first period.
• In almost a repeat of the first game of the series, Ohio State came back from a one-goal deficit in the third period for the 3-2 victory to complete the sweep of Minnesota State Jan. 15 at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.

Pistol (6-0)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Ohio State posted a 5,301 to 4,537 victory at Michigan State Jan. 8. The Buckeyes won all three open events and had individual winners in two of the three open events. Joe Totts was first in standard pistol with an all-time OSU record of 561 and Bryan Basenback won air pistol with a 557. Christina Heaton was first in women’s air pistol, scoring a 350.
• The Buckeyes defeated the Naval Academy in open competition, 6,320 to 6,171 to remain undefeated. The women’s squad fell to the Middies, 2,723 to 2,674. OSU won all three open events outscoring Navy, 1,995 to 1,903 in open free pistol, 2,130 to 2,090 in open standard pistol and 2,195 to 2,178 in air pistol. Individually the Buckeyes won two of three events with Blake Reburn scoring a 508 in free and Totts a 551 in standard.

Rifle (5-1)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Amanda Furrer will receive the prestigious Award of Distinction presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus during their 56th Sports Awards Banquet scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Downtown Columbus.

Men’s Soccer
Head coach: John Bluem
• Matt Gold and Konrad Warzycha were selected in the 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by Toronto FC and Sporting KC, respectively, from the site of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) convention Thursday in Baltimore, Md. Both taken in the third round, Gold and Warzycha become the 11th and 12th Buckeye players to enter the MLS ranks since the league’s inception in 1996.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Fueled by a raucous home crowd and a host of record-setting performances, Ohio State defeated rival Michigan 88-74 in “The Dual” Jan. 15 at French Field House. With the victory, Ohio State picked up its third consecutive win over their conference rivals and now owns a 5-2 advantage over the Wolverines since the renewal of the rivalry in 2008. As a team, the Buckeye captured wins in nine out of 15 events.
• Junior college transfer Michael Hartfield wowed the crowd in his Buckeye debut, capturing a pair of wins in both the long jump and triple jump. All-American Matt DeChant set a PR in the shot put for the second consecutive week, while Cody Marshall also set a PR in the pole vault. All-American and Big Ten champion Thomas Murdaugh was also strong in his first meet of the season, winning handily in the 400m and anchoring the 4x400m relay to victory.

No. 23 Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State competed in their first-ever “Dual” track meet vs. Michigan Jan. 15 in Ann Arbor and the Buckeyes won the inaugural meet, 83-78. It came down to the final race, with Ohio State clinching the win with a victory in the 4×400 relay. Christina Manning led the way with two first-place finishes. She finished the 60m hurdles in 8.13 — the third-best time in OSU history, a new personal record and an automatic qualifier. The junior also ran a 24.50 in the 200m.
• Junior sprinter Madison McNary was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Jan. 10 by the conference office. McNary, who ran at the University of Florida the past two seasons, captured her first weekly award after winning the 60 and 200-meter dashes at the Buckeye Invitational last Friday. In her first meet as a Buckeye, the Tarpon Springs, Fla., native won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.42, which is the nation’s third-best time so far this season.

No. 8 Men’s Volleyball (0-2)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State dropped the opening match of the season, 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21) to third-ranked Pepperdine Jan. 9 at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. John Klanac collected a team-high 18 points with 14 kills (423) and a match-high four ace serves. Kevin Heine added 15 points with 14 kills (.571) and two assist blocks.
• The Buckeyes then lost 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 26-28, 16-14) to Pepperdine Jan. 10 at Firestone Fieldhouse. Shawn Sangrey (.114) recorded a team-high 18 points with 13 kills, two ace serves and six assist blocks. Klanac added 17.5 points with a team-high 16 kills (.306) and three assist blocks.
• The Buckeyes defeating St. Francis, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-19) Jan. 15 at St. John Arena. John Klanac had a team-high 12 point with 11 kills (.588) and two assist blocks. Jason Tobkin added 9.5 points with nine kills (.667) and one assist block.

Wrestling (2-5, 1-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• The Buckeyes downed Michigan State, 19-16, Jan. 16 at West Holmes High School in Millersburg, Ohio, in front of 2,050 fans.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 17-30

Jan. 17
Fencing at Division 1 NAC, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Jan. 18
Men’s Volleyball vs. George Mason, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 19
Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa, 6:30 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 20
Women’s Basketball at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Jan. 21
Women’s Swimming at Michigan, 5 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 21-22
Men’s Track and Field at All-Ohio Championships, TBA
Kent, Ohio

Jan. 22
Fencing at NYU Invitational, All Day
New York, N.Y.

Men’s Basketball at Illinois, 12 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Illinois, 12:15 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Swimming vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling at Iowa, 4 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Synchronized Swimming OSU Tri-Meet Routine Competition, 4 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Gymnastics at Oklahoma, 8 p.m.
Norman, Okla.

Jan. 22-23
Pistol at The Citadel, TBA
Charleston, S.C.

Jan. 23
Fencing at St. John’s Duals, All Day
New York, N.Y.

Rifle at Army, TBA
Palmyra, Pa.

Synchronized Swimming OSU Tri-Meet Technical Competition, 9 a.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis vs. Cincinnati, 11 a.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis vs. Cleveland State, 7 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 24
Women’s Basketball vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 25
Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 9 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 26
Men’s Tennis vs. Butler/Xavier, Noon/6 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 27
Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 28-29
Pistol at Winter Open, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 28
Women’s Swimming at Shamrock Invite, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s Track at Penn State National Invite, TBA
University Park, Pa.

Women’s Hockey at St. Cloud State, 2 p.m.
St. Cloud, Minn.

Men’s Swimming at Michigan (Penn St./Northwestern), 6 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Wrestling vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Jan. 29-30
Fencing at Notre Dame Duals, All Day
South Bend, Ind.

Jan. 29
Women’s Track at Ron McCravy Memorial Invite, TBA
Lexington, Ky.

Rifle at Murray State Invite, TBA
Murray, Ky.

Men’s Track at Penn State National Invite, TBA
University Park, Pa.

Women’s Swimming at Shamrock Invite, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. William & Mary (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 10 am.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming at Michigan (Penn St./Northwestern), Noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Hockey at St. Cloud State, 1 p.m.
St. Cloud, Minn.

Men’s Tennis – UC Irvine vs. South Carolina (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 2 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball at Northwestern, 6 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Volleyball at Juniata, 7 p.m.
Huntington, Pa.

Men’s Hockey at Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Jan. 30-31
Women’s Tennis at ITA Kickoff Weekend, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

Jan. 30
Men’s Tennis – Consolation Match (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 10 a.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis – Championship Match (ITA Kickoff Weekend), 1 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Penn State, 2 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s Gymnastics at Bowling Green (Western Michigan), 2 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Toledo, 6 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio