COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a solid return home for the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, who remain undefeated in the Big Ten after a dominant performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Scarlet and Gray break Iowa’s four-game win streak, while now on their own eight-game win streak.
The Buckeyes rise to 20-2 on the year and 6-0 in the Big Ten, while Iowa is 13-11 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. Two former Ohio State All-Americans faced off today as head coaches, as Buckeye head coach Ty Tucker and Hawkeye head coach Ross Wilson both had successful careers as players here in Columbus.
Iowa has had strong doubles play this season, but that did not faze the Buckeyes, who were able to earn early breaks on all three courts to decide doubles. Mikael Torpegaard and John McNally were the first to win for the Buckeyes with a 6-2 win over Kareem Allaf and Jonas Larsen. This new combination has worked, as the pair have gone 7-0 on the season.
Clinching doubles for the Buckeyes was Martin Joyce and JJ Wolf, who defeated Piotr Smietana and Will Davies 6-3. Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez were also a couple points away from winning, up 5-3 over Jake Jacoby and Joe Tyler.
Singles was never in doubt, as the Buckeyes didn’t lose more than four games in a set in any match. First to win was Torpegaard, who earned his 15th victory of the year who lost the first two games of the match, but then turned it around to defeat Josh Silverstein 6-3, 6-0. Making it 3-0 was Wolf, who defeated Smietana 6-0, 6-2 and is now 5-0 at the No. 1 spot. Clinching for Ohio State was John McNally, who beat Tyler 6-1, 6-3.
Joyce was up a break at 5-4 in the second set after earning a bagel in the first over Davies when the match was ended. Seelig, down 1-3 in the first set, came back to win the first lead a break in the second at 6-4, 4-3. Tim Seibert made it six of six first sets for the Buckeyes in his match, up 6-3, 1-3 over Allaf when the match halted.
The Buckeyes have one more home match this weekend against Nebraska which will take place Sunday at Noon. They will then close out the regular season with four more Big Ten matches over the next two weeks before heading to Iowa City for the Big Ten Tournament.
#3 Ohio State 4, Iowa 0
Ohio State 20-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1)
Official: Marcus Lee T-1:36 A-192