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Sophomore J.D. Bergman took runner-up at 197 pounds to pace thewrestling team (1-3, 0-0 Big Ten) to a 12th-place finish at the2004 Midlands Championships last week in Evanston, Ill.

Bergman, the No. 2-seed at 197, gained a spot in the finals vs. No. 1-seed Jon Trenge of Lehigh with a 5-1 decision win over No. 6-seed Tyrone Byrd of Illinois in the semifinals. In the final, Bergman and Trenge, both NWCA All-Star selections this season, wrestled to a 6-4 final score in favor of Trenge, who claimed his second career Midlands title with the win. In the opening rounds Wednesday, Bergman scored a fall and a major decision to advance to Thursday.

Junior men’s hockey goalie Dave Caruso led the Buckeyes to a1-0-1 record at the inaugural Ohio Hockey Classic, allowing justthree goals in the two games combined. Caruso made 31 saves inOSU’s 5-1 victory over Minnesota State and then stopped 22 shots inOSU’s 2-2 tie with No. 2-ranked Colorado College, the top scoringteam in the nation. Caruso was named to the all-tournament team forhis efforts.

Athletics Good Stuff

The women’s basketball team is 12-2 overall for the first timeunder head coach Jim Foster. The Buckeyes improved to 1-1 in theBig Ten conference with a 63-50 win vs. No. 20/20 Purdue Sunday inValue City Arena. With the win vs. No. 20/20 Purdue, the Buckeyesmoved to 4-1 this season against Top 25 teams. The 6,616 crowd forthe Boilermaker contest was a season-high home mark for theBuckeyes. Sophomore center Jessica Davenport recorded her fourthdouble-double of the season and eighth of her career with 24 pointsand 12 rebounds against Purdue. Davenport was named Big Ten Playerof the Week. She averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds vs. PennState Dec. 30 and No. 20/20 Purdue Jan. 2. In the two gamecombined, Davenport shot .519 (14-of-27) from the field and .800(16-of-20) from the free-throw line. A sophomore center fromColumbus, Ohio, she also notched three assists, two blocked shotsand two steals in the two conference contests. The No. 9/10 men’shockey team returns to Central Collegiate Hockey Association playwith a two-game home series against Ferris State. The teams willmeet at 8:05 p.m. Friday in a game televised nationally by CSTV andat 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

Ohio State is coming off a 1-0-1 performance in the inaugural Ohio Hockey Classic at Nationwide Arena in Columbus last week. The Buckeyes, led by three points from Tom Fritsche, beat Minnesota State 5-1 on day one. In the second game, sophomore defenseman Sean Collins scored with less than five minutes remaining to lift the Buckeyes to a 2-2 tie with No. 2-ranked Colorado College. Fritsche and goalie Dave Caruso earned OHC All-Tournament Team honors, while freshman defenseman Johann Kroll, who scored a goal in each game and was +3, was named the CCHA Rookie of the Week.

The women’s ice hockey team opens 2005 on a six game homestandbeginning this weekend against No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth at 7:05 p.m.Friday and Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes are on aseven-game unbeaten streak at home this season with a 7-2-1 record.Junior Jana Harrigan continues to lead the team with 28 points thisseason. Not far behind with 22 points and leading the team with 14goals is senior Jeni Creary. Sophomore J.D. Bergman took runner-upat 197 pounds to pace the wrestling team (1-3, 0-0 Big Ten) to a12th-place finish at the 2004 Midlands Championships last week inEvanston, Ill.

Also placing for the Buckeyes was sophomore Alex Picazo, who took eighth at 184 pounds. After being pinned in his first-round bout, Picazo rolled to four straight victories in the wrestleback rounds, including a 7-2 decision win Thursday afternoon. Later, Picazo saw his win streak halted by a tight 1-0 decision to send Picazo to the seventh-place match, where he suffered a 12-4 defeat via major decision.

Three other Buckeyes wrestled in the second day of competition Thursday, but lost their matches to drop from tournament contention. At 133 pounds, freshman T.J. Enright completed his first Midlands tournament after accepting a medical forfeit in his wrestleback match. Another freshman, Keegan Mueller also took a defeat in the consolations at 157. Finally at HWT, Kirk Nail, also a freshman, fell from the tournament with a 7-4 loss.

The men’s basketball team faces a pair of ranked opponents thisweek as Big Ten Conference play begins for first year head coachThad Matta. The Buckeyes travel to No. 1 Illinois Wednesday (9p.m./ESPN Plus/WBNS 10 TV) and then return home to meet No. 15 Iowa(Noon/ESPN Plus/WBNS 10 TV) Saturday at Value City Arena. OhioState is Ohio State has a 6-8 record against teams ranked No. 1 inthe Associated Press men’s basketball poll. Ohio State has notfaced the No. 1 team in the country since the 1993 Big Ten seasonwhen the Buckeyes downed No. 1 Indiana 81-77 in overtime. TheBuckeyes are led by Junior center Terence Dials, who scored agame-high 24 points while grabbing 10 rebounds, also a game-besteffort, in Ohio State’s 72-61 victory over St. Joseph’s last Fridayin Columbus. It was the first time since 1986 that a Buckeye playerrecorded three-consecutive games with 10 or more points andrebounds. Dennis Hopson was the last to accomplish the feat forOhio State. The last time an Ohio State player put together astreak of four or more consecutive double-doubles was during the1985-86 season when Brad Sellers had a streak of nine-consecutivegames with 10 or more points and rebounds. The men’s gymnasticsteam opens up the regular season when it travels to Chicago for theWindy City Invitational at 7 p.m. Saturday. OSU will be competingagainst Big Ten rivals Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota, andnon-conference opponent Illinois-Chicago. The Buckeyes look tocapture their third-consecutive invite championship, as theyfinished first last season and in 2003.

Ohio State will compete against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Minneapolis, Minn., before commencing its regular season home schedule at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 against Illinois-Chicago.

Fourteen fencers are currently ranked in the nation accordingto the December 15 ranking report by U.S. Fencing. Six Buckeyes areranked among the Top 12 in the senior division of their respectiveweapons. In Senior Men’s Sabre, Jason Rogers is ranked third andAdam Crompton is ranked seventh, while in Senior Women’s Sabre,Amelia Gaillard is ranked sixth and Eileen Grench is ranked ninth.In Senior Women’s Foil, Hanna Thompson is ranked fourth and MettaThompson is ranked 11th. The men’s lacrosse team was ranked 14th inthe Face-Off Yearbook/Inside Lacrosse preseason coaches’ poll,while Buckeye senior midfielder Tom Randisi was a Face-Off YearbookDivision I Preseason All-America honorable mention choice.

Ohio State will take on eight teams ranked in the preseason in 2005, including No. 4 Navy, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 13 Duke, No. 16 Army, No. 20 Hobart, No. 21 Penn State and No. 24 Denver, as well as five teams that are receiving votes in the poll. The coaches’ poll, compiled from 56 surveys, had Johns Hopkins ranked first, followed by Syracuse, Princeton, Navy and Maryland. Randisi, from Towson, Md., is a two-time All-GWLL second-team selection. He has started 43-of-44 games as a Buckeye and has 60 career points, including 43 goals. Last season, Randisi posted 20 goals and 26 points. The Buckeyes open the season on the road at Penn State Feb. 19. The squad’s home opener is Feb. 26 against 2004 NCAA runner-up Navy at noon.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 5-Tuesday, Jan. 11
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Jan. 5
Men’s Basketball at Illinois, 9 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Thursday, Jan. 6
Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Jan. 7
Men’s Swimming vs. Wright State, 5 p.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

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

Men’s Hockey vs. Ferris State, 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Jan. 8
Wrestling Buckeye Duals, 11 a.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa, 12:07 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s and Women’s Swimming vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Men’s Hockey vs. Ferris State, 7:35 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Rifle vs. Akron
Hugh Wylie Rifle Range, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, Jan. 9
Women’s Basketball vs. Liberty, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. St. Francis, 3 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Men’s Basketball at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Basketball at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.