Athletes of the Week
Junior diver Wes Wieser is a now a two-time Big Ten Conference champion. The junior from Chesterfield, Mo., successfully defended his 2007 Big Ten platform diving title by winning on platform again at the 2008 Big Ten championships, held last week at the University of Michigan’s Canham Aquatic Center. Wieser captured first with 415.50 points (and teammate Ryan Moore took second with a score of 400.95 points).

Wieser has led head coach Vince Panzano’s powerful OSU diving program all season with four wins on the 1-meter board and one on the 3-meter. As a team, the divers went unbeaten during the dual meet season with sweeps on both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events in all six dual meets. Weiser, who was twice named Big Ten Diver of the Week, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors at the championship meet. He and the rest of the OSU divers will compete next at the NCAA Zone Diving championships that Ohio State will host March 12-14 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. This meet will determine the field for the NCAA championships, set for March 27-29 at Federal Way, Wash.

Kristen Slahor, a senior on the women’s lacrosse team, led the Buckeyes to two road wins last week, tallying eight assists in the 18-7 win over UC Davis (Feb. 29) and two goals and three assists in the 10-7 victory over California (March 2). Her eight helpers recorded against the Aggies tied the OSU program single game assists record, a feat she accomplished as a junior as well. Slahor, a native of Ellicott, Md., first tied the record set by Mara Simpson in 1998 last season in the home win over the Aggies. This season, the captain leads Ohio State with a team-high 20 points from 16 assists and four goals.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (4-2; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Despite the Buckeyes owning a 5-1 lead, No. 27 Texas A&M rallied for an 8-5 victory in game one of the Dominos Pizza Aggies Baseball Classic Feb. 29. Junior Michael Arp and sophomore Cory Ruppert each had two RBI for the Buckeyes, while freshman Ryan Meade scored twice. Meade and sophomore Cory Kovanda each had two hits to lead a then-season-high total of 11 hits against the A&M pitchers.
Senior captain Dan DeLucia pitched 4.1 innings and exited in the fifth with a 5-1 lead, but with runners on base. DeLucia ended up giving up three earned runs on the evening and he walked three and struck out two. As a staff, the Buckeyes gave up nine walks and hit three batters.
Ohio State rebounded, however, with a 7-4 victory over Louisiana Tech March 1 in game two of the Dominos Pizza Aggies Baseball Classic.
Offensively, the Buckeyes’ season-high 15-hit attack was keyed by a four-hit, two-RBI day from junior J.B. Shuck and three hits and two RBI from junior Justin Miller. Sophomore Zach Hurley and freshman Tyler Engle also had a pair of hits for the Buckeyes with Engle and Kovanda leading the way with two runs scored apiece.
Sophomore Josh Edgin and freshman Drew Rucinski pitched in relief for the Buckeyes and, although both gave up two runs, they kept the explosive Bulldogs, who entered the game with 13 home runs in seven games, from having any huge innings.
The Buckeyes wrapped up action at the Dominos Pizza Aggies Baseball Classic with an 8-6 loss to Arkansas March 2. It was the first meeting between the two programs on the diamond.
Meade had three hits and three runs scored, while Hurley and Kovanda had two RBI to pace Ohio State, who held a 5-2 advantage after the third inning.
Up Next: at Papa John’s Palm Beach Challenge, March 7-9 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
vs. Bucknell, 3 p.m. March 15 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Dartmouth, 7 p.m. March 16 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Northern Iowa, 3 p.m. March 17 in Bradenton, Fla.

Men’s Basketball (17-12; 8-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State dropped a 72-69 decision to No. 12 Indiana Feb. 26 in Bloomington, Ind.
Freshman center Kosta Koufos led the Buckeyes with 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting. It was his 11th-consecutive game with double-digit scoring and the fourth time this season he has reached the 20-point mark.
Senior guard Jamar Butler had a team-high eight assists to increase his season total to 176, just one shy of tying for third in the OSU record books with Kelvin Ransey (1980). Butler has dished out five of more assists in the last six-consecutive games.
Ohio State dropped its final road contest March 1 against Minnesota, 71-57, in Minneapolis.
Koufos fronted the Buckeyes with 17 points and Butler added 13 points.
Up Next: vs. Purdue, 7 p.m. March 4 in Value City Arena (Television: ESPN)
vs. Michigan State, TBA March 9 in Value City Arena (Television: TBA)
at Big Ten Tournament, TBA March 13-16 in Indianapolis, Ind.

No. 18 Women’s Basketball (22-7; 13-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
The Buckeyes became the first team in 18 years to win at least a share of a Big Ten regular-season title in four-consecutive years when they defeated Northwestern, 64-50, March 2 in Value City Arena.
Ohio State, which earned the top seed in the Big Ten tournament in Conseco Field House in Indianapolis this weekend, now has won 63 of its last 72 regular-season league contests.
Senior guard Marscilla Packer scored 21 points, including 17 in the second half. Freshman center Jantel Lavender had 12 points and 12 rebounds against the Wildcats and senior forward Tamarah Riley added 11 points.
Prior the Buckeyes clinching a share of the Big Ten title, Ohio State’s three-game win streak came to an end against Indiana with a 69-61 loss Feb.26 in Bloomington.
Riley recorded a career-high 16 rebounds, with 10 in the first half, and recorded her third double-double of the season with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Lavender finished with 10 points and nine rebounds against the Hoosiers.
The Buckeyes, however, rebounded with an 87-84 victory over Penn State in State College, Pa., Feb. 28.
With 16 boards, Lavender set an Ohio State freshman record for rebounds in a season with 275, breaking the old mark of 260 set by Martha Baker in 1976. Lavender also upped her freshman record for field goals in a season to 210. Lavender finished with a career-high 36 points, tied for fourth on Ohio State’s all-time single-game list. It also marked the most points since Jessica Davenport scored 36 Jan. 27, 2005 Davenport’s sophomore year. Lavender also has scored in double-figures in all 28 games this season.
Up Next: at Big Ten Tournament, TBA March 6-9 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State shot a team score of 9-over 297 in the final round of play at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate to finish in ninth place at 874 (+10) Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla.
Senior co-captain Kyle Coconis carded the lowest round for the Buckeyes on the final day, shooting an even-par round of 72 to finish at 1-under 215 for the top OSU finish in a tie for 17th. The Top 20 placing was the fourth of the season for the native of Zanesville, Ohio.
Brad Smith was able to secure his first Top 30 finish totaling 218 strokes to finish 2-over for the 54-hole event. The freshman from Peru, Ind., concluded the event with a round of 75.
Fellow freshman Bo Hoag and sophomore Patrick Simard also carded 75’s in round three to finish tied for 37th and 69th, respectively. Hoag finished with a score of 220 (+4) and Simard shot 226 (+10).
Up Next: at Spring Trip, TBA March 13 in Phoenix, Ariz.
at Ron Moore Invitational, TBA March 21-23 in Goodyear, Ariz.

Women’s Gymnastics (6-4-1; 2-1-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
The Buckeyes finished third at the Missouri Cat Classic with 193.725 points Feb. 29.
Senior Maalika Moore-Thomas led the Buckeyes on floor and vault. Moore-Thomas scored a 9.825 on floor to tie for second in the meet. She posted a season-high 9.850 on vault to place third in the classic.
Freshman Rebecca Best followed on floor with a 9.775. Best took second for the Buckeyes on vault with a 9.800 and helped lead the squad on bars with a 9.725. Sophomore Beth Ann Ballard and senior Kaylan Clevinger tied Best on bars.
Up Next: vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m. March 9 in Columbus, Ohio
at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. March 14 in Tempe, Ariz.
at West Virginia, 7 p.m. March 22 in Morgantown, W.V.

Men’s Hockey (11-23-4; 7-18-3 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
In its final regular-season home game, Ohio State lost to No. 5 Miami, 2-1, Feb. 26 in Value City Arena.
Freshman John Albert scored for the Buckeyes in the first period to give the Scarlet and Gray an early 1-0 lead.
The game marked the last home game for the eight Buckeye seniors forwards John Dingle, Tom Fritsche, Tommy Goebel, Kyle Hood and Matt McIlvane, defensemen Jason DeSantis and Johann Kroll and goalie Phil Lauderdale.
The Buckeyes wrapped up regular-season play with a 4-3 loss against the RedHawks in Oxford, Ohio, Feb. 29. Freshman Kyle Reed scored twice for Ohio State with classmate Corey Toy adding a goal in the third period. It was the first two-goal game of Reed’s collegiate career. Freshman Peter Boyd also added two assists, the second multiple-assist game of his career.
Up Next: at Northern Michigan, March 7-9 in Marquette, Mich., at CCHA Tournament First Round (Radio: WOSU 89.7)

Women’s Hockey (17-17-3; 11-14-3 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
After forcing its series against St. Cloud State in the WCHA playoffs to a third game, Ohio State was unable to rally from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Huskies in the deciding game, losing 5-3, March 2 in St. Cloud, Minn. The Scarlet and Gray end the 2007-08 season with a 17-17-3 overall record and 11-14-3 mark in the WCHA.
The Buckeyes attempted the rally, scoring three goals in the first nine minutes of the third period. Seniors Tessa Bonhomme, Jody Heywood and Erin Keys recorded goals to bring Ohio State within one.
The Scarlet and Gray forced a game three after shutting out St. Cloud State, 3-0, in game two, March 1. Junior goalie Liana Bonanno made 30 saves and had a three-goal cushion thanks to scores by Bonhomme, Heywood and Keys.
Ohio State opened the series with a 4-2 loss Feb. 29. With the score tied 2-all in the third, the Huskies scored two power-play goals for the win. Bonhomme and Keys were the Buckeye scorers in game one.

Men’s Lacrosse (1-2; 0-0 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
In triple overtime action, Ohio State lost, 8-7, to Bucknell March 1 in Lewisburg, Pa. It was the second overtime contest for the Buckeyes in their early season. Ohio State went to overtime against Navy in Ohio Stadium, Feb. 16.
With three points vs. Bucknell, junior Joel Dalgarno now has 100 points as a Buckeye, with 59 goals and 41 assists. He is the 24th Buckeye to hit the century mark. Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 30 games.
Senior Kevin Buchanan now has 108 points as a Buckeye, ranking 21st in program history with 61 goals and 47 assists. He is five back of Brian Williams in 20th place. Buchanan is on a 32-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 56-42-98 totals during the stretch and has multiple points in each of his last 15 games. He leads Ohio State in goals (8) this year and has multiple goals in each of the first three games.
Up Next: vs. Penn State, noon March 8, location TBA
at Robert Morris, 1 p.m. March 15 in Moon Township, Pa.
at Villanova, 7 p.m. March 18 in Villanova, Pa.

Women’s Lacrosse (3-1; 0-0 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
In an 18-7 win over UC Davis Feb. 29, Ohio State had nine different players score at least one goal with senior Amanda Shimp and junior Rachel Hawes notching a team-high three goals each.
Senior Kristen Slahor dished out eight helpers to tie the program record for assists in a single game set originally by Mara Simpson in 1998. Slahor also tied the record last year in the win over UC Davis in Columbus.
The Buckeyes made it 2-0 on the West Coast, downing Cal Berkeley, 10-7, March 2 in Berkeley, Calif.
The trio of Slahor, Kelly Haggerty and Maghan Beaudrault led Ohio State with two goals each.
Up Next: at Johns Hopkins, 1 p.m. March 9 in Baltimore, Md.
vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m. March 14, location TBA
vs. Robert Morris, 1 p.m. March 16, location TBA

Head Coach: Jim Sweeney
Ohio State closed out the regular season by defeating Purdue, 4,377-3,788 March 1 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes won all three events, outscoring the Boilermakers, 943-766 in free pistol, 2,035-1,905 in standard pistol and 1,399-1,117 in air pistol.
Senior Krystin Schmid finished first in all three events scoring a 264 in free, 544 in standard and 359 in air pistol. Sophomore Ryan Devine was second in free pistol with 242 points. In standard pistol, sophomore Tyler Phillips finished second at 526 with junior Rob Deppi compiling 512 points for third place. Deppi also was second in air pistol with a 356 and Devine was third with a 349.
Up Next: at Collegiate Nationals, TBA, March 10-14 in Ft. Benning, Ga.

Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Freshman James Clark has qualified to participate in the NCAA air rifle championship, March 14-15 at the Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. He is one of four individuals along with eight teams that will compete for the championship. Clark shot a career-high 587 in air rifle at the NCAA Qualifier, Feb. 14-16 hosted by Ohio State. He has been Ohio State’s top scorer in air rifle in eight of 10 events this season.
Clark was the top individual scorer in air rifle at the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships, shooting a 390. He received first team WIRC All-Conference honors in both air rifle and smallbore rifle.
Up Next: at 2008 NCAA Air Rifle Championships, TBA, March 14-15 in West Point, N.Y.

No. 20 Softball (11-4; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
After a bye week, Ohio State heads off to Las Vegas for the UNLV Invitational March 7-9. The Buckeyes face competition from UNLV, Oregon, Portland State and New Mexico State.

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
After breaking six school records and earning a Big Ten championship in platform diving, Ohio State finished fourth (680.5) at the 2008 Big Ten Championships hosted by Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Junior Wes Wieser garnered a Buckeye conference title in platform diving with 415.50 points after also finishing second on the one-meter board with 362.20 points on day one Feb. 28. For his effort, Wieser was recognized with First-team All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the meet. Freshman Sean Moore took second in the platform event with 400.95 points.
The marks began to fall on the first day of competition when sophomore George Markovic recorded an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:20.52 in the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle before finishing fifth in the finals with a time of 4:21.19.
Seniors Dan Novak and Matt Voelker continued the record-breaking trend on day two (Feb. 29), surpassing school records in the 100-yard backstroke and 800 freestyle relay, respectively. In the backstroke event, Novak touched the wall in 47.84 to earn third place and Voelker’s 200-yard leadoff time of 1:35.91 propelled the squad of Markovic, Jacob Busch and Andrew Olson to a third-place finish in a school record time of 6:29.01.
On the final day of competition March 1, sophomore Stefan Sigrist recorded an NCAA “B” cut time of 15:13.01 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, which now stands as a program record and was good for fifth place.
Sophomore Sam Pelkey captured second in the 200 breaststroke after swimming an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:56.66, breaking the 15-year old Ohio State record and automatically qualifying him for the NCAA championships. He later was named Second-team All-Big Ten.
Up Next: hosting Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier, noon March 8 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at Boiler-Make It, TBA March 9 in West Lafayette, Ind.
hosting NCAA Diving Zones, TBA March 14-16 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Synchronized Swimming
Head Coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
After sweeping all four routines to score a total of 100 points, Ohio State won its 18th North Regional championship March 1 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The day also represented the final regular-season meet for five Buckeyes Michelle Benzie, Julia Broadfoot, Erin DeMarco, Brooke Paul and Leah Pinette.
One of the highlights of the meet was the Scarlet squad scoring a perfect 10’ amongst the five judges critiquing the artistic impression category. The team, comprised of Benzie, Jayme DeLancy, Carmen Moraes, Barbara Nesbitt, Pinette, Deborah Shim, Caitlin Stewart and Michelle Theriault, recorded a season-high 97.667 for first place.
Also performing a season best was the Gray team Kaitlin Bolt, Broadfoot, Liz Derr, Jackie Mundy, Paul, Hannah Shively, Emilie Siemer and Kendra Sollars who earned a 95.000 for second place.
Up Next: hosting U.S. Collegiate Nationals, All Day March 27-29 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (12-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
After nine days since its last competition, Ohio State returned to action on the road in Waco, Texas, against No. 9 Baylor Feb. 27 and beat the Bears, 4-2. Ohio State now has beaten nine ranked teams this season, including the Nos. 2, 5 and 9 teams in the nation.
For just the third time this season, the Buckeyes dropped the doubles point, but was able to win four singles matches to take the victory.
Freshman Balazs Novak clinched the match for Ohio State at No. 6 singles with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jordan Rux. Matt Allare, Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke also garnered singles wins for the Buckeyes.
Up Next: at Iowa, 4 p.m. March 7 in Iowa City, Iowa
at Minnesota, noon March 9 in Minneapolis, Minn.
at LSU, noon March 16 in Baton Rouge, La.

Women’s Tennis (10-2; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
In doubleheader action Feb. 27, the Buckeyes dropped No. 50 Louisville, 6-1, before beating Cleveland State, 7-0, in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.
In match one vs. the Cardinals, Ohio State opened the contest by sweeping all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point and then won the first five singles matches, including three three-set wins.
At No. 1 singles vs. Lauren Imre, junior Angela DiPastina rallied to take the last two sets by 6-2 scores to record Ohio State’s fourth point and clinch the team victory.
The Buckeyes entered the match against the Vikings with a 12-0 record at home this season in doubles competition. In No. 1 doubles, the tandem of DiPastina and Christina Keesey knocked off Morgan Ungerott and Charlotte Gibbons, 8-2. Paloma Escobedo and Caitlin O’Keefe made quick work of Lindsay Sellers and Jackie Tabb in No. 3 doubles, sweeping their way to an 8-0 victory. It was more of the same from the No. 2 spot, where Cami Hubbs and Julie Blackmore dispatched Sanda Bjelan and Denisa Muntean by an 8-1 score.
With a 5-2 win over Cornell and 7-0 victory over Eastern Michigan in doubleheader action March 2 in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center, Ohio State moved to 10-2 on the year, its third-best start in program history and best start since 2001-02 when the squad began the year 15-2.
Winning the doubles point for the sixth-consecutive match, DiPastina and Keesey shot out to a five games to none lead in No. 1 doubles and never looked back, defeating the Big Red’s Liz Googe and Tamara John, 8-3.
It took a second set tiebreaker for Keesey to clinch the match for the Buckeyes against Cornell at No. 4 singles, beating Dana Cruite 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Ohio State continued its winning trend at the No. 1 spot in doubles and singles action against the Eagles with DiPastina and Keesey rallying for the 8-6 win in doubles and Blackmore downing Vanessa Frankowski, 6-3, 6-4 in singles.
Up Next: vs. Indiana, 10 a.m. March 8 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center
at Fort Myers Collegiate Invitational, 9 a.m. March 17 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State compiled 82 team points for a third-place finish March 2 at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in Madison, Wis.
Senior Jeff See paced the Buckeyes with a conference crown in the mile (4:22.21) for his second consecutive league title in the event. See becomes the first Buckeye to win back-to-back conference crowns in the mile. With his win in the mile and second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (8:11.69), See scored 18 points in the championships by himself for the Buckeyes.
Also winning a league title was the 4×400-meter relay team of Matt Comer, Curtis Leuenbrerger, Elon Simms and Stephen Robinson in a time of 3:13.22. The quartet won the title for the first time since the Buckeyes set the Big Ten meet record in 2001.
Up Next: at Alex Wilson Last Chance, 5 p.m. March 7 in South Bend, Ind.
at Alex Wilson Last Chance, 8 a.m. March 8 in South Bend, Ind.
at NCAA championships, TBA March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
Senior Veronica Jatsek won a Big Ten Conference title in the weight throw at the Indoor Track and Field championships March 2 in Minneapolis, Minn.
A Jatsek career-best of 70 feet, 7 3/4 inches, the toss is an NCAA automatic qualifier and is the second-best toss in the country this season behind world record holder Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois. The toss also serves as the second-best in Ohio State history and set the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse record. Jatsek also finished third in the shot put with a toss of 49 feet, 6 inches.
Freshman Alana Gray earned the Buckeyes’ first points with her seventh-place finish in the pentathlon with a score of 3,568. Gray was the top underclassmen in the event.
Junior Ayrizanna Favours scored in two events March 2. Favours grabbed fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.56 and sixth-place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.74. Senior Chandra Krempel took eighth in the 600-meter run. Favours and Krempel joined Ashley Caldwell and Ashley Jones in the 4×400-meter relay to take fourth in a time of 3:46.87.
Up Next: at Last Chance, TBA March 8 in Ames, Iowa
at NCAA championships, TBA March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball (9-6; 5-1 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
In game one vs. UC Irvine Feb. 29, the Buckeyes dropped a 3-0 decision to the sixth-ranked team in the nation. However, Ohio State would leave the West Coast with a split after rallying to beat the Anteaters, 3-2, in game two March 1.
In the win, senior Brett Versen scored a team-high 23 points for the Buckeyes with junior Robbie Klein adding 21. Versen had 19 kills (.343), two ace serves and four assist blocks with Klein adding 19 kills (.238) and four assist blocks.
Versen also had a match-high 10 digs. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 17-11 margin in team blocks. Freshman Kevin Heine collected a match-high 10 assist blocks for his career-high and freshman Jason Tobkin added a career-high eight assist blocks in the victory.
Up Next: at Mercyhurst, 7 p.m. March 6 in Erie, Pa.
at IPFW, 7 p.m. March 8 in Fort Wayne, Ind.
at Lewis, 7 p.m. March 19 in Romeoville, Ill.

No. 9 Wrestling (19-4; 6-2 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
The wrestling team will head to the Big Ten championships Sat.-Sun. in Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Senior heavyweight J.D. Bergman and 184-pounder Mike Pucillo earned No. 1 pre-seeds. Bergman concluded the regular season with a 27-1 overall record, including a 22-1 mark in dual action. He also went 8-0 in conference competition. Pucillo also went perfect in league action with an 8-0 record. Overall, the redshirt-sophomore compiled a 25-1 record and a 21-0 ledger in dual matches.
Freshman Nikko Triggas (125) and redshirt-sophomore Reece Humphrey (133) earned No. 7 pre-seeds in their respective weight classes. Redshirt-junior J Jaggers locked down the No. 3 pre-seed at 141 pounds and sophomore Lance Palmer earned the No. 5 pre-seed at 149 pounds. Freshman Colt Sponseller received the No. 4 pre-seed at 165 pounds.
Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State assistant wrestling coach, continued his bid for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team after winning the gold medal at the 2008 Pan American Championships March 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Competing at 120kg/264.5 pounds at the Olympic Training Center, Rowlands shut out Brazil’s Antoine Jaoude, 2-0, 4-0, in the gold-medal match. En route to the final, Rowlands, a 2007 U.S. World Team member, pinned world champion Alexis Rodriguez of Cuba in 1:54 in the opening match earlier Sunday.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 3-9

March 4
Men’s basketball vs. Purdue, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

March 6-9
Women’s basketball at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Indianapolis, Ind.

March 6
Men’s volleyball at Mercyhurst, 7 p.m.
Erie, Pa.

March 7
Men’s tennis at Iowa, 4 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Men’s track at Alex Wilson Last Chance, 5 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Softball vs. Oregon (UNLV Invitational), 6:45 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev.

Baseball vs. Air Force (Papa John’s Palm Beach Challenge), 7 p.m.
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Men’s hockey at Northern Michigan (CCHA Tournament First Round), 7:30 p.m.
Marquette, Michigan

Softball vs. UNLV (UNLV Invitational), 11:15 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev.

March 8
Wrestling at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s track at Last Chance, TBA
Ames, Iowa

Men’s track at Alex Wilson Last Chance, 8 a.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Women’s tennis vs. Indiana, 10 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Men’s lacrosse vs. Penn State, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Location TBA

Men’s swimming and diving hosting Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier, noon
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Softball vs. Portland State (UNLV Invitational), 2:15 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev.

Softball vs. New Mexico State (UNLV Invitational), 4:30 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev.

Baseball vs. Maine (Papa John’s Palm Beach Challenge), 5 p.m.
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Men’s gymnastics vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s volleyball at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Men’s hockey at Northern Michigan (CCHA Tournament First Round), 7:30 p.m.
Marquette, Michigan

March 9
Wrestling at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s basketball vs. Michigan State, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s swimming and diving at Boiler-Make It, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Baseball vs. Connecticut (Papa John’s Palm Beach Challenge), noon
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Men’s tennis at Minnesota, noon
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, 1 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

Softball vs. UNLV (UNLV Invitational), 2 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev.

Women’s gymnastics vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s hockey at Northern Michigan (CCHA Tournament First Round), 7:30 p.m.
Marquette, Michigan