April 26, 2018

Buckeyes Sweep All-Big Ten Awards

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fresh off another dominating run through the Big Ten regular season, Ohio State had four players receive All-Big Ten honors and the Buckeyes swept the yearly awards. Mikael Torpegaard was named the Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Year, John McNally was named the Freshman of the Year and Ty Tucker was named Coach of the Year. In addition to Torpegaard and McNally on the first team, JJ Wolf was a unanimous first team selection while Martin Joyce took home second team honors.

Ohio State swept the awards for the third time since 2011 and this is just the fifth it has happened in conference history. The Buckeyes have now had 88 all-conference selections since 1974, the most of any team in the conference.

This is the second time in Torpegaard’s career that he has been named Athlete of the Year. He also earned the award as a sophomore in 2016. Torpegaard is now just the fifth Buckeye to earn All-Big Ten honors four times.

For Wolf, this was his second-straight year earning first team honors after being named the Freshman of the Year last season. McNally is the fourth consecutive Buckeye to be named Freshman of the Year following Wolf, Hugo Di Feo and Mikael Torpegaard.

Torpegaard is 24-6 on the season and was 10-1 in Big Ten singles action. In doubles, he is 21-3 and was a perfect 11-0 against Big Ten teams. The Denmark native has been ranked in the top-5 of the national singles rankings and has been ranked on a pair of doubles teams. He owns 13 wins over nationally ranked players and was a 4–time Big Ten Athlete of the Week.

Wolf is on a seven-match singles win streak and is 20-6 overall on the season. He has won 10 matches against ranked foes and was 9-1 in Big Ten play. McNally went 8-1 in Big Ten singles matches and is 22-5 overall. He joined Torpegaard in doubles midway through the season and is 19-5 on the year including 8-0 against Big Ten opponents.

McNally lost just one doubles or singles match during Big Ten play this season. He was 8-1 in singles and a perfect 8-0 in doubles. Overall, the Cincinnati, Ohio native is 22-5 in singles and 19-5 in doubles. He has been ranked in the singles rankings all season and is currently ranked with Torpegaard in doubles. McNally was also named Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Tucker has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year 13 times including 12 out of the last 13 seasons. His numbers are staggering but he has guided the Buckeyes to a 136-1 Big Ten record and 13-straight titles since the start of the 2006 season.

2018 All-Big Ten Men’s Tennis Awards
as selected by Big Ten coaches

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
Alex Brown, Illinois
ALEKS VUKIC, Illinois
Runhao Hua, Michigan
ALEX KNIGHT, Michigan
Felix Corwin, Minnesota
Matic Spec, Minnesota
John McNally, Ohio State
Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
JJ Wolf, Ohio State
Constant De La Bassetiere, Penn State
Gergely Madarasz, Purdue
Daniel Soyfer, Wisconsin

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
Aron Hiltzik, Illinois
Raheel Manji, Indiana
Stefan Milicevic, Minnesota
Dominik Stary,
Martin Joyce, Ohio State
Christian Lakoseljac, Penn State

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
John McNally, Ohio State

COACH OF THE YEAR
Ty Tucker, Ohio State

UNANIMOUS SELECTION IN ALL CAPS