COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State Buckeyes have been named USILA Scholar All-Americans, the organization has announced. They are: face-off specialist Justin Inacio, long stick midfielder Jeff Henrick and defenseman Eric Wenz. Inacio, Henrick and Wenz are Ohio State’s 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Scholar All-Americans in program history. It’s also the 10th consecutive year that at least one Buckeye has earned this prestigious honor.
The USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee annually selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. Ohio State extended its streak to seven consecutive years with multiple honorees.
A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale). In addition to the Scholar All-America distinction, Inacio, Henrick and Wenz were all OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Inacio, a senior from Oakville, Ontario, was statistically one of the top face-off specialists in the Big Ten. He won 55 percent of the draws that he took – third highest in the conference – and also scooped up a team-high 63 ground balls. Inacio is a biology major who has been a part of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program earlier in his career as a surgical intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Henrick, a three-time team captain who hails from Orangeville, Ontario, played in 66 consecutive games in his career with 115 ground balls and 43 caused turnovers. He graduated last August and stayed at Ohio State for his final season of eligibility while pursuing a master’s degree in sports management. Henrick’s play on the field made the Buckeyes the Big Ten’s top scoring defense in three of the four full seasons that he played. He led the defensive midfield unit this past spring in groundballs (34) and caused turnovers (13).
Wenz was a graduate transfer from Hofstra who had a major impact for the Buckeyes in 2021. The Wantagh, N.Y. native started all 11 games at close defense and scooped up 19 ground balls, which was the most at his position. He also had three caused turnovers. Last month, Wenz represented the Buckeyes in the USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game. After earning his degree in economics from Hofstra, Wenz enrolled in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and is pursuing a specialized master’s in finance.
OHIO STATE’S USILA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICANS
|2012||Joe Bonanni and Matt Kawamoto|
|2013||Dominique Alexander, Logan Schuss and Trey Wilkes|
|2015||Turner Evans and Christopher May|
|2016||Carter Brown and Robby Haus|
|2017||Tyler Pfister and Jake Withers|
|2018||Ben Randall and Erik Evans|
|2019||Matt Borges, Jack Jasinski and Logan Maccani|
|2020||Ryan Terefenko, Tre Leclaire, Lukas Buckley and Joey Salisbury|
|2021||Jeff Henrick, Justin Inacio and Eric Wenz|