April 25, 2019

Four Buckeyes Earn All-Big Ten Honors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the top-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team were selected to the 2018-19 All-Big Ten Team and Director of Tennis Ty Tucker was named the Coach of the Year for the 14th time.

JJ Wolf, the No. 1 ranked singles player in the country, was the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and first team honoree. This is the third consecutive season the junior from Cincinnati has earned first team accolades and it’s well deserved. He has not lost a singles match this season as he’s 29-0 with 19 of those wins coming over ranked opponents. He is also 16-3 mainly at the No. 1 doubles spot and has not lost since mid-February.

John McNally claims first team honors for a second time. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year last year has backed up that season with another stellar performance. He is 23-5 overall in singles matches including 15-2 at the No. 2 spot. He has defeated eight ranked opponents and is ranked 24th in the country. He has dropped just one doubles match this spring and is 21-2 overall.

Kyle Seelig claims first team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career. The Hatfield, Pa., native is riding a nine-match win streak and is 22-7 overall. He has been ranked all season in the singles rankings and currently checks in at No. 53. Like McNally, he too has lost just one doubles match this spring and has been ranked all year with partner Alex Kobelt. The pair spent eight weeks ranked in the top-10.

Kobelt was named to the second team All-Big Ten. In addition to his doubles run with Seelig, he played well with James Trotter in fall and is ranked with both players. He leads the Buckeyes with 52 combined wins this year, 24 in singles and 28 in doubles. Kobelt was 7-0 this season in singles matches and 8-0 in doubles matches vs. Big Ten foes.

Tucker has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year 14 times including 13 out of the last 14 seasons. His numbers are staggering but he has guided the Buckeyes to a 147-1 Big Ten record and 14-straight titles since the start of the 2006 season.

Each conference school also had one athlete honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and Ohio State’s honoree this season was redshirt-sophomore Jacob Wareti.

The Buckeyes have now had 92 all-conference selections since 1974, the most of any team in the conference.

Ohio State completed a fourth-consecutive undefeated Big Ten season and claimed the regular season title for the 14th year in a row. The Buckeyes have won their last 77 matches at home and 277 of their last 278 in Columbus. Ohio State claimed its second ITA Team Indoor National Championship and has been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 all season.

2019 All-Big Ten Men’s Tennis Awards

As selected by Big Ten coaches

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
Alex Brown, Illinois
Zeke Clark, Illinois
ALEKS KOVACEVIC, Illinois
Antonio Cembellin, Indiana
Andrew Fenty, Michigan
Josip Krstanovic, Minnesota
Dominik Stary, Northwestern
JOHN McNALLY, Ohio State
Kyle Seelig, Ohio State
JJ WOLF, Ohio State
CONSTANT DE LA BASSETIERE, Penn State
Christian Lakoseljac, Penn State

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
Kareem Allaf, Iowa                   
Stefan Milicevic, Minnesota       
Toby Boyer, Nebraska
Alex Kobelt, Ohio State
Athell Bennett, Purdue  
Osgar O’Hoisin, Wisconsin

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
JJ WOLF, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Andrew Fenty, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR
Ty Tucker, Ohio State

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Illinois: Vuk Budic
Indiana: Vikash Singh
Iowa: Jonas Larsen
Michigan: Gabe Tishman
Michigan State: Ivan Rakic
Minnesota: Josip Krstanovic
Nebraska: Jon Meyer
Northwestern: Chris Ephron
Ohio State: Jacob Wareti
Penn State: Christian Lakoseljac
Purdue: Dominik Sochurek
Wisconsin: Jesper Freimuth

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