April 29, 2017
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 2 Ohio State has advanced to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament for the 13th-straight season as the Buckeyes knocked-off Wisconsin 4-0 on Saturday in West Lafayette.
The match, which was moved indoors because of rain in the area, was the second match in the last 12 days between the two teams. The Buckeyes completed the season sweep and advance to the tournament finals, a place they have been every year since 2005. Ohio State will play either Michigan or Illinois in Sunday’s final which will start at 11 a.m. and be televised on BTN.
The doubles matches all started out on serve through the first six games. JJ Wolf and Hunter Tubert took a 5-4 lead with a break and then held serve to take the first match 6-4 on court three. Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen won two-straight games to take a 5-3 lead and would force an error on the no-ad point to clinch the match and the point 6-4. Hugo Di Feo and Martin Joyce were leading 6-5 when their match was halted.
The Buckeyes kept the pressure on in singles, racing to big first set leads. Kyle Seelig went in front 5-0 and would take the first set from Daniel Soyfer 6-0. Feo took a 5-1 advantage and would take the opening set from Chema Carranza 6-2. Pollanen and Wolf were also in front 5-2 in their matches. Pollanen beat Chase Colton 6-2 in the first and Wolf won 6-3 over Josef Dodridge. Torpegaard made it five of six first sets for the Buckeyes with his 7-5 win over Remy.
Di Feo would be the first to finish his singles match as he rolled to a 6-1 victory in the second. It was his second victory over Carranza this season as he beat him 6-4, 6-4 on Easter Sunday.
Redshirt-freshman Kyle Seelig made the score 2-0 when he defeated Daniel Soyfer 6-0, 6-4 on court six. He hit a nice backhand winner to finish-off the match. Seelig now has 27 wins on the season including a 21-4 mark in dual matches.
Pollanen clinched the victory as he finished Colton 6-2, 6-4 on court five. The Finland native remains unbeaten this season at the No. 5 spot as he improves to 6-0.
The Buckeyes beat both Michigan and Illinois on the road this season. The win over Michigan was a 4-1 win on March 26 and the match with Illinois last Sunday was a comeback 4-3 victory.
#2 Ohio State 4, #31 Wisconsin 0
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Lamar Remy (WIS), 7-5, 4-3, unfinished
2. #41 JJ Wolf (OSU) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
3. #9 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Chema Carranza (WIS) 6-2, 6-1
4. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Olga O’Hoisin (WIS) 4-6, 6-4, unfinished
5. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Chase Colton (WIS) 6-2, 6-4
6. Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Daniel Soyfer (WIS) 6-0, 6-4
1. #14 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Josef Dodridge/Chema Carranza (WIS) 6-4
2. #27 Martin Joyce/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Lamar Remy/Chase Colton (WIS) 6-5, unfinished
3. Hunter Tubert/JJ Wolf (OSU) def. Oskar Po’Hoisin/John Zordani (WIS) 6-4
Wisconsin 17-7, 7-4 Big Ten; National ranking #31
Ohio State 28-3, 11-0 Big Ten; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,6,5)
Match played indoors on Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Complex