February 9, 2019
PALM COAST, Florida—The Ohio State Buckeyes ran the table this weekend, rolling over Rutgers, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Maryland in route to their first Big Ten Match Play Championship crown. To start the day, the Buckeyes overcame number one seeded Illinois, 3.5-2.5, in the third round, then overpowered Maryland, 4.5-1.5, to win the tournament.
“We really had high hopes and high expectations coming into this weekend because we felt like all of our guys were playing well,” said head coach Jay Moseley. “It was just a matter of going out and executing our game plan and hitting the shots. The guys played really well all weekend and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The Scarlet and Gray took control early in their match against Illinois, holding a 4-1-1 advantage through much of the round before closing it out in the final holes. “Illinois has earned the right to have the target on their back the last few years with how they have performed in our conference and that match this morning was really fun for our team,” said coach Moseley. Will Grimmer, Daniel Wetterich, and Kevin Stone all closed out their matches on the 15th hole which, coupled with Laken Hinton halving his match in his Buckeye debut, led to a 3.5-2.5 victory to advance to the championship round. Ohio State showed up to play, as Stone, Grimmer, and Wetterich never trailed in their matches, winning 20 holes between the three of them versus the Fighting Illini.
Ohio State faced off against Maryland in the final round and, using the same lineup that defeated Illinois earlier in the day, pulled out an impressive victory. Stone capped off a fantastic tournament, overwhelming his opponent 4&3, to finish with a perfect 4-0 record at the Big Ten Match Play. He opened his 2019 campaign, winning by an average of 3.25 strokes and was the only Buckeye to finish undefeated. Caleb Ramirez overcame a one-shot deficit on the 12th hole and closed out his match on the 16th hole, 3&2, to improve to 3-1 for the tournament, and put another point on the board for Ohio State. Grimmer led from wire to wire, going up by as many as four strokes, to settle at three up for a 3&2 victory. Hinton picked up his first victory of any sort in an Ohio State uniform, downing his opponent in a 3&1 nail biter to give the Buckeyes their fourth point of the match. Wetterich halved his match, giving Ohio State another half a point, and the 4.5-1.5 victory to claim the Big Ten Match Play crown.
“Against Maryland, we didn’t get off to the best start but we turned things around midway through the match and then we had a great finish. Kevin won his last five holes, Caleb won his last four holes and Laken won his last four holes all to win their matches,” said Moseley. “It was a great way to finish off a great weekend. We got contributions throughout our entire lineup over the last two days which is really encouraging as we head into the spring.”
The team goes back down south next weekend, suiting up to play in the Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by Purdue in Rio Mar.
|W. Grimmer||4&3||M. Feagles|
|D. Wetterich||4&3||G. Tadiotto|
|L. Hinton||HALF||B. Baumgarten|
|W. Voetsch||1 UP||B. O’Reilly|
|C. Ramirez||5&4||A. Dumont De Chassa|
|K Stone||4&3||N. Gillard|
|W. Grimmer||3&2||T. Colanta|
|D. Wetterich||HALF||P. Knade|
|L. Hinton||3&1||C. Park|
|W. Voetsch||4&2||E. Santa|
|C. Ramirez||3&2||D. Brown|
|K. Stone||4&3||C. Lane|