January 13, 2020

Buckeye Best: Jan 6 – 13

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It’s always a great week to be a Buckeye! Check out the latest edition of Buckeye Best then scroll through some of last week’s best photos.

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Jan. 6 – Jan. 13, 2020

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Athletics Good Stuff

  • Down goes Michigan! A superb, 23-point game from freshman guard Madison Green sparked women’s hoops to a 78-69 victory over Michigan last week. A victory yesterday over Penn State improved these young Buckeyes’ record to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Dorka Juhasz led the Buckeyes against PSU with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
  • The women’s hockey team scored 14 goals in a 6-0 and 8-4 weekend sweep of Minnesota State. Eleven different Buckeyes scored points in the Saturday win. Emma Maltais had a seven-point weekend with two goals and five assists. The Buckeyes are now 13-5-4 overall and 8-3-3 in the WCHA.
  • The three-time defending national champion synchronized swimming team opened its season with a first-place showing against Michigan and Lindenwood in the Zero Waste Invitational. Laila Huric won solo, teamed with Nikki Dzurko to win the duet competition and teamed with Rachel Jager and Cassie Neeley to win trio.
  • Women’s gymnastics opened its season with a 194.025-193.800 win over North Carolina State in front of a lively crowd of over 1,500 at the Covelli Center. Olivia Aepli took first on vault, bars and floor exercise for team MVP honors. Morgan Lowe and Ella Hodges tied for first on beam and Claire Gagliardi was first with Aepli on floor.
  • Kaleb Romero, who defeated the nation’s No. 8-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds for his highest career win, was the wrestler of the match as Ohio State handed strong, No. 4 Arizona State its first loss of the season last week in front of 4,132 fans at the swollen Covelli Center. Senior captain Luke Pletcher’s aggressive and dominant 19-4 tech fall at 141 pounds proved to be the difference in the 17-16 win as each team won five matches. Four nights later the wrestlers defeated previously undefeated and No. 24 Rutgers to improve to 5-1 on the year.
  • Men’s volleyball’s first five matches of the season are all in the Covelli Center. So far so good. The Buckeyes are now 3-0 on the season after defeating North Greenville, Urbana and St. Francis in week one of the season last week.
  • Tanner Laczynski, the hockey team’s leading scorer with eight goals and 13 assists, won his eighth Big Ten Conference star of the week award last week. The senior has 130 career points, the second-most among active NCAA skaters.
  • In the category of “the future’s so bright we gotta wear shades”: incoming – 2020-21 season – freshman women’s hockey goalie Amanda Thiele shut out Russia – Russia! – twice to help Team USA win the gold medal last week at the 2020 Under-18 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. USA defeated Canada for the gold with another future Buckeye – Jenna Buglioni – playing well for Team Canada with a goal and three assists in the tournament.
  • Men’s hockey goalie Tommy Nappier was named the national “goaltender of the month” for December by the Hockey Commissioners’ Association. Napier was 4-0-1 in December with two shutouts and a miniscule .97 goals against average.
  • Nappier and the Buckeyes split a weekend series against Wisconsin over the weekend and the team is now 14-6-2 on the year and 7-4-1-0 in the Big Ten heading into a big weekend series against Notre Dame at Value City Arena. Friday will be “military appreciation” night and Saturday is “first responders” night and will include the annual teddy bear toss with all the stuffed “cuddlies” getting delivered by the Buckeyes to the Ronald McDonald House.
  •  The men’s and women’s indoor track and field seasons got underway over the weekend at the 17-team Kentucky Invitational. For the women: Adelaide Aquilla won the shot put with a career-best of 16.77 meters, Lainey Studebaker won the 3,000-meter race and the distance medley relay team (Aziza AyoubMary FiglerAnnie Ubbing and Gia Napolean) also took first. For the men, freshman Clarence Foote-Talley won the triple jump title in his first collegiate meet with a leap of 16.09 meters.
  • Coach Ty Tucker’s tennis team opens its season Wednesday (home matches vs. Northern Kentucky and Dayton) riding a string of 14 consecutive Big Ten Conference regular season championships, four consecutive Big Ten tournament titles (and 12 of the last 14) and 20 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances