April 27, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State won its 12th-straight Big Ten title this season and its dominance was recognized in the All-Big Ten awards which were announced on Thursday. Three Buckeyes were named first team All-Big Ten, JJ Wolf was named the Freshman of the Year and Ty Tucker was named the Coach of the Year.
Mikael Torpegaard earns first team honors for the third-straight season and it was his second-straight as a unanimous selection. Hugo Di Feo also earned unanimous first team honors for the second-consecutive year and Wolf takes home first team accolades in his first semester on campus. Ohio State is the only program in the conference with three first team selections.
Torpegaard has lost just one dual match this spring and owns a team-best 31-3 record. He has been ranked with No. 1 or 2 all season and is 19-3 against ranked opponents. Torpegaard finished runner-up at the ITA/USTA Indoor Singles Championships in the fall and was named the ITA Indoor Team Championship’s Most Outstanding Player as he won all four of his matches at the No. 1 spot. The Denmark native was the Freshman of the Year in 2015 and the Player of the Year last season.
Di Feo was the conference’s Freshman of the Year and a unanimous first team selection last year. He never lost a Big Ten singles match, winning all 11 of his matches this season. Overall, Di Feo is 27-4, including 21-2 in dual matches and has been ranked in the top-10 all season. In doubles, he has lost just one match this spring and is 3-0 at the No. 1 spot.
Wolf has been tremendous in his first season. He enrolled in January and immediately jumped into the top of the lineup. He is 14-3 on the year, including 12-1 at the No. 2 spot. He entered the singles rankings in mid-March at 98 and has since risen up into the top-50 at No. 41. In the last weekend of the regular season, Wolf defeated No. 65 Konrad Zieba of Northwestern and then was the clinching point in a 4-3 victory at rival Illinois, defeating No. 32 Aron Hiltzik in a third-set tiebreaker. Wolf has also recently been plugged into the doubles lineup and holds a record of 7-3.
Ty Tucker continues his dominance as the top coach in the conference. He claims his 12th Big Ten Coach of the Year honor overall and his 11th in the past 12 years. He has lost just one Big Ten match in the last 12 years and has guided the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament in all 17 of his seasons as a head coach. This season, Ohio State won the Big Ten with an 11-0 record and has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 all season.