Athletes of the Week
Jantel Lavender, a sophomore center on the women’s basketball team, earned Big Ten co-player of the week honors for a fourth time this season in recognition of her performance last week in wins over Illinois and at Big Ten preseason-favorite Purdue. Lavender averaged 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the field as the 15th-ranked Buckeyes moved back into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings.

The sophomore opened the week with a season-high 30-point performance Jan. 22 to lead the Buckeyes as they toppled Illinois, 68-51. On the road against Purdue Jan. 25, the Cleveland, Ohio, native scored 15 of her 21 points in a closely contested second half to give Ohio State a 71-60 victory. Lavender upped her Big Ten-leading averages to 21.6 ppg and 11.1 rpg and is the only player in Division I to rank among the Top 10 in both categories.

Rebecca Best, a sophomore on the women’s gymnastics team, placed first on vault and bars en route to a season-high 39.150 win in the all-around to help Ohio State to a 194.850-192.050 win at UIC Jan. 24. The Williamstown, N.J., native tied her career high in both events with a 9.850 on vault and a 9.80 on bars.

With a team average score of 194.742, the women’s team has accomplished a feat unmatched by recent squads. For the first time in over a decade, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference.

Athletics Good Stuff

After two successful runs, Ohio State’s student-athlete talent show, Buckeyes Got Talent,’ will return for a third installment at 7 p.m. May 6 in St. John Arena. General admission tickets for the event can be purchased at the door for $5 with Ohio State student tickets discounted to $3 and no charge for children ages 6 and under. All proceeds from Buckeye Got Talent’ will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus. In its two years, the show has raised more than $2,600.

Men’s Basketball (13-5; 3-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
The Buckeyes fell, 67-49, to Illinois on the road Jan. 20 in Champaign, Ill., before suffering a 78-67 loss to Michigan State in Value City Arena Jan. 25.
Against the Fighting Illini, freshmen B.J. Mullens and William Buford led Ohio State scorers with 14 and 13 points, respectively. In addition, Mullens added seven rebounds.
Sophomore Evan Turner produced a Buckeye-high 19 points vs. the Spartans and was supported by classmate Jon Diebler and Mullens with 12 points each. Turner’s performance marked the seventh time this season the guard has led the team in scoring.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons went 2-for-4 from the 3-point line. He has made a 3-point basket in 17-of-18 games this season.
With a free throw in the first half, Diebler scored his 400th (408) career point.
Up Next: vs. Michigan, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Value City Arena (BTN)
at Indiana, 4 p.m. Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ind. (ESPN 2)

No. 15/17 Women’s Basketball (16-3; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Led by sophomore Jantel Lavender’s 30-point effort, Ohio State defeated Illinois, 68-51, Jan. 22 in Value City Arena before scoring 21 points to help the Scarlet and Gray to a 71-60 victory over Purdue on the road Jan. 25.
Lavender’s 30 points against the Fighting Illini set a personal career high in the category for the center. She also had 12 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season. It was the 27th of her career. The sophomore has scored in double figures in all 50 career games, the sixth-longest active streak in Division I.
Against the Broilmakers, freshman Samantha Prahalis had 13 points and six assists and senior Ashlee Trebilcock added 12 points for the Buckeyes who, with Indiana’s loss at Illinois, move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference.
Lavender now 957 career points in 50 games and can tie Katie Smith as the fastest Ohio State women’s player to score 1,000 points. Smith was the fastest at 52 games while Frani Washington did it in 56. Lavender needs to average 21.5 points over the next two games to tie Smith.
Up Next: at Michigan, 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Head Coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
Defending national champion Ohio State competed Jan. 24-25 at the St. Johns Duals and the New York University Duals in New York, N.Y. The Buckeye men went a combined 8-1 between the two events, while the Ohio State women’s team was 6-3 on the weekend.
Perhaps the most anticipated dual of the weekend came Jan. 25 the NYU Duals, where Ohio State took on 2008 runner-up Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish prevailed in the men’s competition, 15-12, while on the women’s side it was the Buckeyes knocking off Notre Dame, 14-13.
The women’s foil unit came up big, with Oksana Dmytruk winning all three points and Lindsay Knauer taking two duals. Both Igor Tolkachev and Jason Pryor contributed two wins for the Buckeye men’s epee team, while Mike Momtseldize won two fights in sabre.
Other notable matches for Ohio State at the NYU Duals included the men’s team defeating both St. John’s and Columbia, 17-10, while the women picked up a 15-12 win over Northwestern and an 18-9 victory over St. John’s.
The men’s team turned in a perfect 3-0 record Jan. 24 at the St. John’s Duals, with wins over Columbia, St. John’s and Harvard.
Up Next: at Northwestern Duals, TBA Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
The Buckeyes prepared for its upcoming spring schedule with an 18-hole matchup against Big Ten foe Michigan State Jan. 25 at the Fort Myers Challenge in Fort Myers, Fla. The Buckeyes fell to the Spartans by four strokes with team scores of 310 to 306 on the par 72, 6,362-yard The Club at Renaissance.
Sophomore In Hong Lim led Ohio State with a 75, followed by freshman Victoria Villanueva who carded a 77. Also in the 70’s was senior Jessica Hauser with a score of 78.
Rounding out the Buckeyes were senior co-captain Gemma Webster (80), freshman Nara Shin (81) and junior co-captain Emma Jandel (82).

No. 8 Men’s Gymnastics (2-4; 1-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Miles Avery
Ohio State lost a conference dual to Illinois, 351.95-349.05, Jan. 24 in Champaign, Ill. Senior captain Jake Bateman finished second in the all-around for the second-consecutive week with an 87.05.
On floor, Eddie Hay separated himself from the competition, earning a 15.35 to capture first. The senior from Butler, Pa., boosted the team to a 57.7 event total to tie Illinois. In the third rotation, only one-tenth of a point separated the Buckeyes and Illini on vault with Illinois winning the event, 62.4-62.3. Ohio State freshman Philip Onorato received a meet-high 16.0 to win on vault.
Brandon Wynn and Bateman went 1-2 on rings, scoring a 15.05 and 15.0, respectively as the team beat Illinois, 59.7-58.75. For the second-consecutive meet, Justin Myers led the Buckeyes on high bar, finishing third with a 14.45. Just trailing the junior from Hinckley, Ohio, was Bateman in fourth with a 14.4 and sophomore Sean Regan in fifth (14.2). Bateman concluded his all-around effort with a second-place finish (14.85) on parallel bars but Ohio State dropped the event, 57.7-57.45.
Up Next: at Winter Cup Challenge, TBA Feb. 5-7 in Las Vegas

No. 14 Women’s Gymnastics (2-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
With an all-around win and two individual event wins, sophomore Rebecca Best led Ohio State to a 194.850-192.050 win at UIC Jan. 24. Best won the all-around with a season-high 39.150, while placing first on vault and bars. She tied her career high in both events with a 9.850 on vault and a 9.80 on bars. Senior Alyssa Meyer tied Best on bars with a first-place 9.80.
The Buckeyes recorded season-high scores in three of their four events including vault, beam and floor. The squad posted a 48.575 on vault, a 48.950 on beam and a 48.675 on floor. They added a 48.650 on bars.
The freshmen class shined on the road to help lead Ohio State. Taylor Jones won the floor with a career-best 9.850 and posted a career-high 9.800 on vault. Krissi Woodward, in her first collegiate meet, and Nicole Krauter led the Buckeyes on beam with a 9.825. Casey Williamson added a 9.775 on bars in her first Buckeye bar performance.
Junior Hillary Dow finished the night with a second-place finish in the all-around with a 38.425. Dow posted a 9.750 on beam and a 9.700 on bars.
Up Next: vs. Missouri, Michigan State and Illinois, 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. John Arena

No. 13/14 Men’s Hockey (16-7-3; 9-6-3-3 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
For the second-consecutive game, Ohio State skated to a 2-2 overtime tie and then won the ensuing shootout to earn two Central Collegiate Hockey Association points, as Ohio State and Western Michigan tied 2-2 Jan. 23 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes fell to the Broncos, 4-1, Jan. 24.
On goals from Buckeyes Patrick Schafer and Ian Boots, Ohio State led 1-0 in the first and 2-1 in the second but the Broncos tied the game each time. Ohio State won the shootout, 2-1, in five rounds, as Corey Elkins and John Albert scored and for the Buckeyes and goalie Dustin Carlson made three saves.
In game two, the Buckeyes opened the scoring in the first period but the Broncos scored four unanswered goals, including a power play and shorthanded goal, for the win. Albert tallied the Scarlet and Gray’s lone goal at 9:01 of the first period. Matt Bartkowski got the puck to Todd Rudasill by the net. WMU goalie Riley Gill made the save on Rudasill’s shot but Albert got to the rebound and was able to lift it with the goalie down on the ice for his ninth goal of the year.
Ohio State, which ended its home unbeaten streak at 10, suffered its first loss since Nov. 21 at Northern Michigan. The Buckeyes’ 13-game unbeaten streak included 11-consecutive wins, capped off with back-to-back ties (with shootout wins). It tied the program record for the longest unbeaten streak in a season, tying the 1983-84 squad who opened the year with 13-consecutive wins.
Up Next: at Alaska, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 30 in Fairbanks, Alaska
at Alaska, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 31 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Women’s Hockey (6-17-3; 4-14-2-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Ohio State never held the lead in the 3-3 tie, but picked up two points in the first game of the two game conference series with a 1-0 shootout victory on the road against Bemidji State Jan. 23 in Bemidji, Minn. With 44 seconds left in regulation, sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly scored to force overtime and freshman forward Natalie Spooner netted the shootout goal. Senior co-captains Morgan Marziali and Hayley Klassen scored the Buckeyes’ first two tallies of the night.
The squad dropped game two to the Beavers, 3-1, Jan. 24. The Buckeyes erased the shutout in the third period when they took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. Kim Theut backhanded the puck from along the boards to fellow rookie Laura McIntosh at the top of the left circle. She sent the puck in where Klassen knocked in the rebound from the right corner.
Up Next: at Wisconsin, 2:07 p.m. Jan. 31 in Madison, Wis.
at Wisconsin, 12:07 p.m. Feb. 1 in Madison, Wis.

Men’s Lacrosse
Head Coach: Nick Myers
Ohio State opens its season Feb. 7 vs. Detroit-Mercy, the first of six games for the Buckeyes in Columbus. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26, with all seats general admission. Highlighting the schedule is the “Showdown in the Shoe” April 25 when Ohio State takes on Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium prior to the football team’s spring game.
The Buckeyes’ opener vs. Detroit-Mercy Feb. 7 is scheduled to be played indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, where seating is limited to 500 fans. Tickets are expected to be sold out prior to game day, so fans should plan on pre-purchasing tickets.
FUNday packs are available for the games vs. Robert Morris and Quinnipiac and can be purchased beginning Monday. For only $7, each person receives one game ticket, one hot dog, one soda and one popcorn. Against the Bobcats, rally towels will be handed out to the first 750 fans courtesy of Nationwide and the Buckeyes will celebrate Senior Day.

Head Coach: Jim Sweeney
Ohio State won, 6,141 to 6,095, at The Citadel Jan. 24. The Buckeyes lost the free open event, 1,931 to 1,903 but regrouped to win the air and standard events. OSU won the air event, 2,162 to 2,120 and won the standard event, 2,076 to 2,044. Ohio State’s Seth Berglee finished first in all three open events scoring a 568 in air, a 541 in standard and a 527 in free pistol. Buckeye Rob Deppi was second in open pistol (533).
The women’s team shot a 2,675, scoring 1,060 in air and 1,615 in sport pistol. Buckeye Kelsey Imig took first in both events, shooting a 361 in air and a 556 in sport pistol while teammate Lauren Brester was second in air pistol with a 352 and Erin Meadows was second in sport pistol with a 541.
Up Next: hosting Winter Open, TBA Jan. 30-31 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall

Rifle (7-5)
Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State fell to the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, 4,374 to 4,034 Jan. 25 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes lost in smallbore rifle, 2,168 to 1,703 and won air rifle, 2,331 to 2,206.
Buckeye James Clark won smallbore rifle with a 569 and captured first in air rifle with a 589. Tied for second in air rifle were Pete Deem and Jed Neidigh at 581.
In aggregate scoring, Clark was the top performer with a 1,158 total. Neidigh was second at 1,148.
Up Next: at Roger Withrow Invitational, TBA Jan. 31 in Murray, Ky.

Men’s Soccer
Head Coach: John Bluem
The Buckeyes celebrated their 2008 season and handed out team awards at their annual banquet Jan. 24 at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium. Senior Tim Gabel headlined the list of honorees as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Gabel also was honored with the Captains Award, along with fellow co-captains Danny Irizarry and Geoff Marsh.
The Buckeyes finished the year with a 9-9-3 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, marking the sixth appearance in the tourney in the last nine years.
Junior Doug Verhoff earned the team’s Most Inspirational Player award, as well as the Coaches’ Award, while Eric Shrigley was deemed the Most Improved Player. For his work in the classroom, Scott Marguglio received the Teri Casperson Academic Achievement Award.
Three members of the squad earned All-Ohio honors Jan. 26, as announced by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association, in Gabel, Irizarry and Verhoff.

Women’s Swimming and Diving (4-3; 0-2 Big Ten)
Head Coaches: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano
Ohio State held a three-point lead halfway through the meet and trailed No. 22 Michigan by just one point 12 events in, but the Wolverines fought back to win an exciting 169.5-129.5 competition over the Buckeyes Jan. 23 at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Buckeyes were led by two wins apiece from sophomore Samantha Cheverton and junior Colleen Schweitzer with freshman Natalie Nichols and sophomore diver Katie Bell also picking up wins for the Scarlet and Gray.
Cheverton swam to team season-best times in both of her wins with Schweitzer (200 breaststroke), Nichols (1,000 freestyle) and freshman Lisa Narum (50 free) also swimming the team’s fastest races of the season. Nichols won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:10.26 to lead a one-two Ohio State finish in the second race of the night.
Cheverton followed with a win in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.44 and two races later Schweitzer picked up her first win, in the 100 breaststroke, in 1:04.68. Cheverton then came right back to win the 200 butterfly in 2:01.28.
A one-two finish on platform by Ohio State divers Bell and Kristen Asman pulled the Buckeyes into the lead, 76.5-73.5, after the eighth of 16 events on the evening.
Asman picked up a second second-place finish, on the one-meter springboard, and sophomore Anita Beck took second in the 500 freestyle for two more high finishes that helped the Buckeyes’ effort.
Up Next: vs. Penn State, 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern, Noon Jan. 31 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Synchronized Swimming (2-0)
Head Coach: Linda Litcher-Witter
Ohio State posted 94 points to defeat Keuka College and Michigan at the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 24 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Keuka finished in second with 61 points while Michigan was third with 54.5.
In the solo routine, senior Barbara Nesbitt recorded an 89.333 to finish first. The Buckeyes claimed the top two spots in both the duet and trio. Meghan Kinney and Jillian Penner won the duet competition with a mark of 90.333 followed by teammates Jayme DeLancy and Deborah Shim in second with a score of 88.500.
Kinney, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart garnered a score of 91.000 to take first in trio. Nesbitt, Shim and Michelle Theriault finished just behind with a 90.17 second-place finish.
Up Next: at Lindenwood, vs. Miami, TBA Jan. 31 in St. Charles, Mo.

No. 1 Men’s Tennis (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State started the 2009 dual season winning its first two matches, 7-0, over Butler and Xavier Jan. 21 at The Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center. The two home wins also extend the Ohio State home win streak to 75-consecutive matches dating back to the 2003 season.
The Buckeyes tacked on another win, downing No. 34 Washington, 6-1, Jan. 25.
Against Butler, No. 11 Balazs Novak and Steven Moneke defeated Zach Ervin and Stephen McLoughlin in the No. 2 spot, 8-0, to kick start the Buckeyes’ momentum. At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa sealed the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray with an 8-3 victory against Butler’s Chris Herron and Bryce Warren.
In singles, No. 38 Novak improved his overall singles record to 8-3 after defeating Ervin 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot. Allare downed Butler’s Brandon Bayliss 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 singles to give the Buckeyes an early 3-0 advantage over the Bulldogs. Soon after, No. 77 Uzawa took down Herron at No. 3 singles in two matches 6-3, 6-1 to give the Buckeyes their first dual win of the season.
No. 11 Novak and Moneke claimed the first doubles match against Xavier by beating Ra’ees Ismail and J.T. Torbeck 8-0 in the No. 2 doubles spot. Mike O’Connell and Uzawa downed Bobby Deye and Brian Starr 8-2 to capture the doubles point for the Buckeyes in the No. 3 spot.
In singles against Xavier, No. 6 Justin Kronauge posted the Buckeyes’ first singles point after winning 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot. Kronauge now has an overall singles record of 13-3 on the season. Minutes later, Uzawa finished off his second singles match of the day, defeating Ismail 6-0, 6-1 and giving the Buckeyes the early 3-0 lead over the Musketeers. At the No. 5 spot, Allare defeated Deye 6-4, 6-1 to seal the Buckeyes’ second win of the day.
On the road, Ohio State began its third dual match of the season by winning the doubles point. In No. 2 doubles, senior captains Bryan Koniecko and Moneke got the Buckeyes off and running by defeating Washington’s Derek Drabble and Patrik Fischer, 8-6. The Buckeye pair is now 61-8 in dual double matches since 2006-07. Sophomores Novak and Uzawa claimed the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray in the No. 3 spot with an 8-4 victory against Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski.
In singles, No. 38 Novak claimed the first singles match win of the day in the No. 4 spot, sweeping David Chu 6-0, 6-0. Novak moves to 10-3 in singles play and is the fourth Buckeye to reach double digits in wins this season. In No. 3 singles, sixth-ranked Kronauge gave the Buckeyes an early 3-0 advantage against Washington defeating Martin Kildahl 6-4, 6-0.
In No. 6 spot, Allare clinched the win for the Buckeyes by defeating Ryo Sekiguchi 6-1, 6-4. Allare is now 5-2 in overall singles play.
Up Next: hosting ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship (Qualifier), TBA Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

No. 32 Women’s Tennis (2-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State opened up the 2009 dual season defeating Missouri, 6-1, Jan. 24 at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center. The doubles point was tightly contested. Buckeyes Cami Hubbs and Christina Keesey won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles while No. 3 doubles Kirsten Flower and Angela DiPastina downed Kaitlyn Ritchie and Jessica Giuggioli, 8-6, to clinch the doubles point for Ohio State.
In singles against Missouri, DiPastina staked the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead after knocking off Sofia Ayala in No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-4. Flower was sharp in her first turn at the No. 1 singles spot for Ohio State, defeating Giuggioli 6-0, 6-1 to move the team match score to 3-0. Julie Blackmore provided the clinching point by defeating Ritchie 6-3, 6-4.
The Buckeyes dropped their first match of a doubleheader, 6-1 to No. 17 Notre Dame before bouncing back with a 7-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky Jan. 25 in The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
Against the Irish, DiPastina earned the lone Buckeye point at No. 6 singles, taking the first set, 6-2, and defeating Colleen Rielley, 6-2, 6-3. She went on to post her third singles of the weekend by knocking off EKU’s Myriem Mhirit in No. 5 singles, 6-3, 6-1, Sunday evening.
The Buckeyes swept Eastern Kentucky with singles wins from Kelsey Haviland, who sent Anouk Faure to a 6-0, 6-2 loss in No. 4 singles and Keesey, who defeated Anais Hamel at the No. 6 spot, 6-0, 6-3. Flower picked up her second singles of the weekend by dropping Svetlana Pimenova 6-0, 6-1, in No. 1 singles while Hubbs beat Alexandra Sitnikova, 6-3, 7-5, at the No. 2 singles spot. Blackmore finished off the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Nadja Barz at the No. 3 spot.
Keesey and Hubbs continually fended off match points at No. 1 doubles, coming from 7-5 down to tie the match at 7-7 and force a tiebreaker. It was all Ohio State in the tiebreaker, as Hubbs and Keesey cruised to an 8-7 (1) win.
Blackmore and Paloma Escobedo dispatched Jemma Euers and Faure in No. 2 doubles, 8-3, while Bartz and Hamel were unable to stop Flower and DiPastina in No. 3 doubles, where the Buckeyes prevailed, 8-0.
Up Next: vs. South Carolina at National Indoor Qualifier, 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in Durham, N.C.
vs. Duke/VCU at National Indoor Qualifier, TBA Feb. 1 in Durham, N.C.

No. 14 Men’s Volleyball (2-4; 0-0 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State held off a late St. Francis rally to win, 3-2 (30-20, 33-31, 28-30, 26-30, 15-12), Jan. 25 in DeGol Arena. Ohio State’s Robbie Klein posted a team-high 22.5 points for the Buckeyes. He had a team-high 21 kills, an ace serve and one assist block. Klein was one of five Buckeyes to score double-figure points in the match.
Up Next: at IPFW, 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

No. 5 Wrestling (9-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
J Jaggers, the reigning NCAA champion at 141 pounds, was named Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Athletic Sports Commission Jan. 21 in Cleveland. In his junior campaign, the Northfield, Ohio, native went 5-0 at the 2008 NCAA Championships, upsetting Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds as the sixth-seed to claim his first national title and earn his second All-America nod March 20-22 in St. Louis.
In a matchup of nationally ranked wrestling programs, No. 5 Ohio State defeated No. 20 Hofstra, 19-13, Jan. 25 at the David S. Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y. The teams traded leads throughout the first five matches with Ohio State holding a 10-7 lead at the break on the strength of a major decision by NCAA champion and two-time All-American Mike Pucillo.
Corey Morrison picked up a heavyweight win, 6-5, over Jordan Enck but Hofstra came right back with a confidence-building win at 125 pounds to tie the match once again, at 13-apiece. No. 17 Steve Bonanno decisioned Nikko Triggas, 5-3, coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to secure the win.
That match set the stage for the key match of the match: the 133-pound class battle between unbeaten OSU junior Reece Humphrey (18-0 entering the match), ranked second in both the InterMat and W.I.N. Magazine polls, and Hofstra junior Lou Ruggirello, who came in ranked ninth and 11th, respectively, and with his own impressive record of 19-2. Humphrey came back in the third period to post a 7-4 decision that gave Ohio State a 16-13 lead.
Jaggers clinched the match for the Buckeyes with a decision over Hofstra freshman Justin Accordino, 5-2.
Tom Ryan coached at Hofstra for 11 years between 1995-2006 prior to taking over the Ohio State position following the 2006 season. He posted a 109-83-1 record and led the Pride to six consecutive Colonial Athletic Conference championships between 2001-06. His teams finished in the Top 25 at the NCAA championships six times, including an 11th-place showing in 2006.
Before the wrestling match, Ryan was a guest speaker at the “Hofstra Wrestling Brunch,” which served as a kickoff fundraising event for a new Hofstra wrestling facility on Long Island. The facility will be named The Teague Ryan Wrestling Complex, in honor of Tom and Lynette Ryan’s youngest son, Teague, who passed away suddenly in 2004.
Up Next: vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at St. John Arena
vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at Value City Arena

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 28-Feb. 1

Jan. 28
MBKB vs. Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena (BTN)

Jan. 29
WBKB at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jan. 30-31
PISTOL hosting Winter Open, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall

Jan. 30
WTRK at Indiana Relays, All Day
Bloomington, Ind.

MTRK at Penn State National Invitational, All Day
State College, Pa.

WSWM vs. Penn State, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

MSWM vs. Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

WR vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

MHKY at Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Jan 31-Feb. 1
MTEN hosting ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship (Qualifier), TBA
Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

FEN at Northwestern Duals, TBA
Evanston, Ill.

Jan. 31
WTRK at Indiana Relays, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

RIFLE at Roger Withrow Invitational, TBA
Murray, Ky.

MTRK at Penn State National Invitational, All Day
State College, Pa.

SYNCH at Lindenwood, vs., Miami, TBA
St. Charles, Mo.

WSWM vs. Penn State, Noon
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

MSWM vs. Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern, Noon
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

WTEN vs. South Carolina at National Indoor Qualifier, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Durham, N.C.

WHKY at Wisconsin, 2:07 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

MBKB at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind. (ESPN 2)

MVB at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.

WGYM vs. Missouri, Michigan State, Illinois, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

MHKY at Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Feb. 1
MTRK at USATF Indoor Championships, All Day
Boston, Mass.

WTEN vs. Duke/VCU at National Indoor Qualifier, TBA
Durham, N.C.

WR vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

WHKY at Wisconsin, 12:07 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

WBKB vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)