COLUMBUS, Ohio – Completing their last home regular season match, the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes ended their home stand strong. Defeating the Northwestern Wildcats, the Buckeyes move up to 24-2 on the season, and remain undefeated at 9-0 in the Big Ten. They also remain undefeated at home, as they are 15-0 at the Varsity Tennis Center. Northwestern falls to 9-14 on the year and 4-5 in B1G play.
Doubles was an initial scare for the Buckeyes despite the final doubles scores. JJ Wolf and Martin Joyce were able to handily defeat Dominik Stary and Ben Vandixhorn 6-2. However, with court 3 down a break late in their set, it was up to Mikael Torpegaard and John McNally to earn the break at 4-4 over Jason Seidman and Nick Brookes, and serve out the clinch in a clutch moment of the match. Torpegaard and McNally remain undefeated as a duo, currently 8-0 on the season.
Singles was a different story, as the Buckeyes dominated and quickly clinched the match within an hour of singles play. First off the court was Wolf, who earned his 15th win of the year after defeating Brookes 6-1, 6-2. McNally quickly followed with his 15th win of the season as well with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Vandixhorn. Both are currently on five-match win streaks.
Clinching the match on Senior Day was none other than senior Mikael Torpegaard. Fittingly, Torpegaard clinched both the doubles point, and then later the match, with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Dominik Stary. Torpegaard is also on a five-match win streak.
The remaining matches were all played out. Tim Seibert finished his match up with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Antonioni Fasano. He gets his 10th win on the year. Martin Joyce closed his match out strong after a challenging first set to beat Chris Ephron 7-5, 6-1. He leads the team with 12 straight wins. Clinching the sweep for the Buckeyes was Kyle Seelig, who had a great comeback after losing the first set 6-1. He only dropped three games in the next two sets, defeating Jason Seidman 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.
After the match, Seniors Mikael Torpegaard, Matt Mendez, and Riley Reist were all honored for their contributions to the team throughout their careers.
Next up for the Buckeyes are two more away conference matches next weekend. They face Indiana Friday at 3 p.m. and Purdue Sunday at Noon. If they win these final two regular season matches, the Buckeyes can earn the Big Ten title for the 13thconsecutive year.
#3 Ohio State 7, Northwestern 0
Northwestern 9-14 (4-5)
Ohio State 24-2 (9-0); National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:02 A-246