December 9, 2019

Buckeye Best: December 2-8, 2019

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It was another great week of competition for your Buckeyes! Check out Buckeye Best then take a gander through some of last week’s best snapshots.

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November 2-8, 2019

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Athletics Good Stuff

  • The undefeated men’s basketball team travelled to mighty North Carolina and, to quote the lyrics of Fleetwood Mac, administered a “real savage-like” 25-point win over the Tar Heels. The mightier Buckeyes held UNC to the worst shooting night ever in the Dean Dome and to the third-lowest point total ever in the facility in the 74-49 victory.
  • A few nights later the Buckeyes opened Big Ten play with a 106-74 pounding of Penn State to improve to 9-0 on the season. Kaleb Wesson was a force with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
  • And meanwhile, the upstart and youthful women’s basketball team knocked off previously undefeated and No. 2 Louisville, 67-60. Dorka Juhasz led with 15 points while frosh Kierstan Bell had 14 points and six rebounds. Juhasz came back with 21 points in a win over Radford on Sunday to improve the Buckeyes’ record to 6-3.
  • Football improved to 13-0 and became the first Big Ten school ever to win three consecutive outright conference championships with a 34-21 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes have earned the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoffs and will meet Clemson in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Dec. 28.
  • Congratulations to football coach Ryan Day, the Big Ten’s Dave McClain Coach of the Year, and the first Ohio State football coach to earn the honor in 40 years. Day was born the year a Buckeye coach last was honored: 1979 (Earle Bruce).
  • Congratulations also to co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, who is one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s outstanding assistant coach.
  • The No. 7/8-ranked men’s hockey team picked up a win and a tie this past weekend against Minnesota to close the first half of its season on a role: a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) and with a 10-4-2 overall mark and a 6-3-1 record in Big Ten play.
  • Three swimmers competed at the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open Dec. 4-7 in Atlanta, Ga.: Alex Dillmann, Kathrin Demler and Kristen Romano. Demler qualified for the championship final in three events.
  • Wrestling senior captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher each went 5-0 to win their respective weight classes at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Ohio State was the only school in the competition with multiple individual champions. Each wrestler is now 14-0 on the year. Ohio State took team runner-up honors.
  • A pair of Ohio State women’s volleyball players earned All-Big Ten recognition: Kylie Murr was second-team all-Big and Jenaisya Moore was named to the all-Freshman Team. Bia Franklin received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
  • A high-five for Jill RizzoEmily SkrzypczakRegina DotyLiza Hernandezand Lindsay Epstein, the 2020 women’s lacrosse team captains for first-year head coach Amy Bokker. Rizzo is now a three-time captain.
  • After a dominant fall season, coach Ty Tucker’s tennis team features four players in the top 40 of the ITA Division 1 Men’s singles rankings: frosh standout Cannon Kingsley (16th), John McNally (24th), Kyle Seelig (28th) and James Trotter (40th). McNally and Cash are the No. 2 doubles team.
  • The fencing program has hired a true rock star in the sport: Elvis Gregory Gil has joined coach Don Anthony’s staff as the new foil coach. Gregory Gil is a three-time Olympic medalist for his home country Cuba, winning an individual bronze medal and a team silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona games, and a team bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Welcome, Elvis, and now we know why our fencing opponents are … “all shook up.

Events This Week

Saturday, Dec. 14

  • Women’s hockey vs. Princeton; 7 p.m. in Las Vegas

Sunday, Dec. 15

  • Women’s hockey vs. Princeton; 7 p.m. in Las Vegas
  • Women’s basketball at Stanford; 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Men’s basketball at Minnesota; 6:30 p.m.