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July 7, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Varsity “O” Association will induct 12 members into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of September 10-11. The class will be officially inducted in two separate ceremonies Friday night and introduced to the public at halftime of the Marshall-Ohio State football game Saturday in Ohio Stadium. A total of 59 women have been inducted since 1993 and 210 men have been honored since 1977.

The 2004 class includes: Maria Giusti-Lugo (Synchronized Swimming); Jocelyn Jay (Swimming); Averrill Roberts (Basketball); Vanessa Wouters (Volleyball); Earle Bruce (Coaching); Vlade Janakievski (Football); Steve Myers (Football); Kevin Randleman (Wrestling); Arnie Risen (Basketball); Paul Sarringhaus (Football); Ty Tucker (Tennis); and Blaine Wilson (Gymnastics). Risen and Sarringhaus are being inducted in the “Pioneer” category.

Biographical Information

Maria Giusti-Lugo (Synchronized Swimming, 1989-91) – Three-time All-American … member of the Venezuelan National Team and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games … helped Ohio State to three national titles … national champion in the solo event at the 1989 and 1991 Collegiate National Championships … won the national title in duet in 1990 and 1991 and a championship in the trio event in 1990 … also part of the Buckeye squad that won the team event for three-consecutive years at the national championships … three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Jocelyn Jay (Swimming, 1993-95, 97) – Three-time All-American … 1995 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year … 1993 Big Ten Champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle … conference champion in the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley at the 1995 Big Ten Championships … three-time All-Big Ten selection.

Averrill Roberts (Basketball, 1990-93) – Member of the 1993 National Runners-Up and Big Ten Co-Championship team … 1993 Kodak Honorable Mention All-American … 1992 and 1993 First Team All-Big Ten … 1990 and 1991 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten … 1990 Big Ten Freshman of the Year … holds the Ohio State single-game record for 3-point field-goal percentage, hitting six-of-six shots vs. Northwestern in 1993 … third on the career points list with 1,818 points in 118 career games … second on the Ohio State steals list with 273 career swipes.

Vanessa Wouters (Volleyball, 1996-97) – 1996 All-American … 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year … 1998 OSU Female Athlete of the Year … two-time All-Big Ten selection … six-time Big Ten Player of the Week … holds the Ohio State record for most kills in a season with 765 … also holds the school record for most attempts with 1,743 … led the Buckeyes in 1996 and 1997 in kills, attempts, service aces and solo blocks … helped guide the Buckeyes to two-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

Earle Bruce (Coaching, 1979-87) – Went 81-26-1 (.708) in nine years as head football coach at his alma mater … led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 season in his first year … named Big Ten and National Coach of the Year in 1979 … coached Ohio State to three Big Ten titles (1979, 1981, 1984) … led the Buckeyes to eight bowl games, including appearances in the 1979 and 1985 Rose Bowls and the 1980 and 1983 Fiesta Bowls … member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Vlade Janakievski (Football, 1977-80) – The first Ohio State kicker to be chosen as an All-Big Ten selection … a two-time All-Big Ten pick … did not miss an extra point (44-of-44) in 1977 … went 45-of-46 on extra point attempts during the 1980 season … second in the Ohio State record book with 172 career extra points … made 18 field goals in 1979 and notched 41 for his career, third on Ohio State’s list … made 15 consecutive field goals in five games, which is second in the Buckeye record book.

Steve Myers (Football, 1972-74) – Three-year starter at center … first team All-American and first team All-Big Ten in 1974 … helped Ohio State to back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances in 1973 and 1974 … played guard the last half of his senior year after breaking his hand … named to the Associated Press All-American team at center in 1974 and made the United Press International team as a guard that same year.

Kevin Randleman (Wrestling, 1991-93) – Two-time national champion in the 177-pound weight class in 1992 and 1993 … finished second in the nation in 1991 … first two-time national champion in the history of Ohio State wrestling … three-time All-American (1991, 1992, 1993) … Ohio State’s first three-time Big Ten champion … three-time All-Big Ten selection … finished the 1992 season with a record of 42-0-3, becoming the second Buckeye to record an undefeated season.

Arnie Risen (Basketball, 1944-45) – Member of two Ohio State Final Four teams in 1944 and 1945… helped the Buckeyes to a 15-5 record during the 1944-45 season, along with a second-place finish among the Big Ten standings … Ohio State went 16-5 the following season and claimed the Big Ten crown … two-time All-Big Ten center … named an All-American by Converse Yearbook in 1945 … inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Paul Sarringhaus (Football, 1941-42, 1945) – Inducted posthumously … first team All-American and All-Big Ten at halfback in 1942 … helped guide the Buckeyes to a national championship in 1942, the first title in program history … second in Big Ten in scoring in 1942 with 72 points … rushed for 672 yards in 1942, a mark that ranked among the conference leaders … finished second in scoring on the 1942 Buckeye squad … left to serve his country in World War II but returned for his senior season in 1945.

Ty Tucker (Tennis, 1989-1991) – Two-time All-American … Ohio State’s No. 1 singles player for three years … finished with 64 career singles wins … won 28 singles matches in 1990 … ranks among the OSU leaders in both categories … a two-time NCAA singles participant in 1990 and 1991 … reached the third round of NCAA competition both years he competed … member of the 1991 Big Ten Championship team … three-time All-Big Ten selection.

Blaine Wilson (Gymnastics, 1994-97) – Won six national titles, including two all-around championships in 1996 and 1997 … earned All-America honors 10 times, including four as a junior and four as a senior … three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year … claimed 11 individual conference titles … 1994 Big Ten Freshman of the Year … won the 1997 Nissen-Emery Award … two-time Olympian for the U.S. in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games … vying for a spot on the U.S. squad that will compete at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.