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Feb. 26, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eight members of the Ohio State men’s soccer team received 2002 Academic All-Big Ten honors and four received 2002 Academic All-Ohio accolades. It marks the second-consecutive year the eight Buckeyes were named academic All-Big Ten. Head coach John Bluem has now had now 46 academic all-conference selections since his arrival in 1997.

“I am very proud of what our student-athletes have accomplished in the classroom,” Bluem said. “Receiving your degree is the No. 1 priority when you come to Ohio State and our players have a firm understanding what it takes to succeed on and off the field.”

Chad Brown (So., Rockford, Ill.), a business-finance major with a 3.30 grade-point-average, was the lone Buckeye to be named first team academic All-Ohio and All-Big Ten.

Senior Todd Grossnickle (Arlington, Heights, Ill.), an international business major with a 3.11 GPA, was named to the academic All-Big Ten team for the third-consecutive year while David Ridenhour (Jr., Germantown, Tenn.), a marketing major with a 3.79 GPA, received his second-consecutive academic all-conference honor and was an honorable mention all-Ohio selection. Also receiving his second-consecutive academic all-conference honor is Sam Migliano (Toronto, Ontario), a junior majoring in sport and leisure studies with a 3.13 GPA.

2002 Academic All-Big Ten Name Yr. GPA Major Hometown Chad Brown SO 3.30 Business-Finance Rockford, Ill. Tony Earp SR 3.13 Psychology Plantation, Fla. Todd Grossnickle SR 3.11 International Business Arlington Heights, Ill. Sam Migliano JR 3.13 Sport & Leisure Studies Toronto, Ontario David Ridenhour JR 3.79 Business-Marketing Germantown, Tenn. Eric Schwebach SO 3.41 Business-Undeclared Eden Prairie, Minn. Jason Wimmert SO 3.00 Engineering Loveland, Ohio Peter Withers SO 3.28 International Business Portland, Ore.

2002 Academic All-Ohio First Team Chad Brown SO 3.30 Business-Finance Rockford, Ill.

Honorable Mention David Ridenhour JR 3.79 Business-Marketing Germantown, Tenn. Eric Schwebach SO 3.41 Business-Undeclared Eden Prairie, Minn. Peter Withers SO 3.28 International Business Portland, Ore.