Buckeyes go for broke on the mat (see J Jaggers)

Michael Arace, Columbus Dispatch     April 5, 2008

Once you’ve wrestled, Dan Gable once said, everything else in life is easy. But most of us
have not experienced extreme limits of physical endurance and mental stress, not on a mat,
and so even the mundane seems difficult. We have no point of reference.

Here’s a point of reference: With 16 seconds remaining in the final match in the 141-pound
weight class at the NCAA wrestling championships, J Jaggers had his left ankle stuck in the
armpit of Chad Mendes, and Mendes was twisting “torquing” as they say. This was two weeks

For more click Buckeyes go for broke PDF link above or visit

J Jaggers Spring Break Travel Diary at
Activity: Jaggers, a wrestler, competed in the 2008 NCAA Wrestling

“Unlike many students who finish up tough finals and are ready for the pressure to be finally lifted by enjoying a nice spring break on vacation with friends or at home with family, I did the exact opposite. I spent the most pressure-filled spring break of my life at the 2008 NCAA Wrestling Championships, where I captured the 141-pound NCAA title. It was unlike any week of my life and I would not trade it for any vacation in the world. I spent the week from Tuesday to Sunday morning in St. Louis, Mo., with my teammates, coaches, family and friends all joined together for one cause – Ohio State Wrestling – and we all prevailed as a community, not only with an individual national title but with an NCAA team runner-up finish, which is the best in Ohio State wrestling history.”

Degree lured Buckeyes star back to school

Laurinaitis says he turned his back on NFL riches to finish his studies at Ohio State.

By Kyle Nagel, Dayton Daily News   April 6, 2008

Had the Ohio State linebacking career of James Laurinaitis ended last season, it still would be considered one of the best in Buckeye history.

The two-time All-American, however, decided in January to play his senior season after declining to enter his name for NFL draft consideration, which means the Buckeyes still have the player considered perhaps the nation’s top defender.

For more click Degree PDF link above or visit

Laurinaitis Has No Doubts He Made Right Decision To Return To Ohio State
By Rusty Miller,  Associated Press    April 5, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Austin Spitler remembers the first thought he had upon hearing that the guy in front of him at linebacker, James Laurinaitis, was coming back for his senior season.

For more click Laurinaitis Has No Doubts  PDF link above 

See balances schoolwork, sports with great success

By: Meredith Miles, OSU Lantern   April 7, 2008

For most students at Ohio State, a full quarter of classes is plenty to handle. But for student-athletes, such as track or cross country runners, the juggling of school and sports can be extra challenging.

One of these runners, Big Ten indoor mile champion, Jeff See, said he got off to a good start at OSU, keeping up with both his class and practice schedules.

“Basically since freshman year, I’ve had a lot of support with (Student-Athlete Support Services Office). They do a good job of teaching you the basics of writing things down and making sure you stay organized,” See said. “They are really good about making sure the student-athletes stay on top of things. You can just walk in there and say ‘Hey, I need a tutor’ and they’ll be right on top of it.”

For more click See balances PDF link above or visit

Ohio State Cheerleaders Appear on CBS Early Show 
Courtesy:    April 7, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State cheerleaders appeared on The Early Show, a morning news program on CBS, last week in Manhattan. The squad was on the show April 3 before the men’s basketbal National Invitation Tournament in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. 

For more visit the cheerleading page at  

Synchronized Swimming Buckeyes Joined by NBC 4’s Omar Ruiz in “Synch or Sink” Challenge

Courtesy:    March 27, 2008

The Buckeyes put Ruiz to the test on day two of Collegiate Nationals at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.     

To view the story visit the synchonized swimming page at  

Recovering Todd still has drive to coach

By Mark Znidar Columbus Dispatch     April 5, 2008

It was 15 minutes before an Ohio State baseball practice, and coach Bob Todd was talking
about how quickly time had flown by on him.

He wasn’t thinking in terms of that day but rather in years. This is his 21st season with the
Buckeyes and 25th as a college head coach.

On Jan. 3, 2009, he will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association hall of
fame. The selection committee is composed of active and retired coaches.

For more click Recovering Todd PDF link above or visit

Bucks prefer wealth of experience
Laurinaitis, Freeman back at linebacker

Toledo Blade     April 8, 2008

COLUMBUS Today, James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman could be off someplace exotic filming a Nike commercial. Or they could be out shopping for the most ostentatious SUV on the market multiple video screens, phat sound system, and ridiculous spinners that would make even Three 6 Mafia proud.

For more click Bucks prefer wealth  PDF link above or visit

Fencing Team Slays Competition

By Zack Meisel, UWeekly  April 1

Ohio State athletics have accounted for 57 national championships during the school’s existence. Every Buckeye nut knows about the football titles and the basketball Final Four runs. However, we can now add yet another fencing championship to the bunch.

For more click Fencing Slays  PDF link above or visit

No pain, no gain for tough-as-nails linemen

Ken Gordon, Columbus Dispatch     April 8, 2008

Jim Lachey had a fine career at Ohio State — an all-Big Ten, All-America career, good enough to be the 12th pick in the 1985 NFL draft.

Now imagine how good he could have been with a healthy right shoulder.

For more click No pain  PDF link above or visit