Jan. 30, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Sade Olatoye, women’s track and field

  • Olatoye won two event titles on Saturday at the Findlay Classic. She won the elite weight throw with a mark of 21.25m (69-8.75) and the elite shot put with a toss of 15.97m (52-4.75). Olatoye is undefeated in the weight throw this season.

Kyle Snyder, men’s wrestling

  • Snyder took gold at arguably the toughest open wrestling event in the world this weekend. He knocked off Russia’s Rasul Magomedov to claim gold on Sunday at the Yarygin Grand Prix.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (9-0)

  • Ohio State extended its winning streak to 32 matches this past week, which tied a 47-year-old school record.
  • The Buckeyes knocked off No. 14 Penn State (3-0), Barton College (3-0) and No. 4 Long Beach State (3-1).
  • Against Penn State, Nicolas Szerszen blasted 17 kills at a .630 attacking rate while Miles Johnson added in 13 kills and five service aces. Gabriel Domecus and Blake Leeson led the defensive effort, recording 11 digs and six blocks, respectively.
  • Sanil Thomas handled setting duties against Barton College, dishing out 37 assists. The Buckeyes posted double-digit blocks for the third time in 2017, stuffing the Bulldogs a dozen times. Ohio State’s defensive dominance also included a 37-22 digs advantage, limiting Barton to a .106 team attacking rate.
  • Johnson set the school record on Saturday night against Long Beach when he recorded his 124th career service ace. Szersen quickly matched Johnson atop the all-time OSU ace rankings one set later. Both Buckeyes passed Steve Potter (1992-95).

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (6-0)

  • Ohio State collected four 4-0 sweeps during the week against Butler, Xavier, Utah and Old Dominion.
  • Against Butler, the Buckeyes won the doubles point thanks to a 6-0 victory from JJ Wolf and Hunter Tubert on court one and a 6-2 win from Matt Mendez and Riley Reist on court 3. This was the first time both doubles teams had played together. The No. 25 ranked team of Martin Joyce and Hugo Di Feo were one point away from winning their match on court 2 as they were leading 5-2.
  • The Tuesday evening match against Xavier started well for the Buckeyes as they quickly claimed the doubles point. Mendez and Di Feo rolled to a 6-0 victory over Gabriel Araujo and Matt Bishop on court two while Joyce and Riley Reist posted a 6-4 win on court three over Trent Smith and Matthew Graft. The match on court one between Wolf and Tubert and Xavier’s Jeremy Schneider and Jack Dykema traded breaks early and saw the Buckeyes leading 5-3 when the point was clinched.
  • In the first ever meeting with Utah, the Buckeyes were the first to gain the upper hand by winning a hard-fought doubles point. Mendez and Tubert, the 2016 Big Ten doubles champions, continued their hot start with a 6-1 win over Slava Shainyan and Parker McGuiness. Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen traded breaks with Joe Woolley and Dan Little on court one before eventually winning the match 6-4.
  • The Buckeyes closed out the weekend with a dominant win over Old Dominion to advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships. Joyce won his singles match, 6-1 6-1, and Di Feo followed with a win with the exact same numbers. Pollanen sealed the deal for the Buckeyes with a hard-fought, 6-4, 6-4 win over Kijametovic, clinching the sweep for the Buckeyes.

No. 4 Wrestling (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten)

  • Kyle Snyder became the first American male since 2009 to win gold at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix on Sunday. Snyder won his first three matches of the Yarygin by a combined score of 33-2 and then added a fall in the gold medal match over Rasul Magomedov of Russia.
  • The Yarygin is considered to be the toughest open tournament in the world.

No. 6 Rifle

  • Ohio State bested No. 5 Kentucky 4684-4671 on Sunday inside Converse Hall. The 4684 was the third highest score in program history.
  • In smallbore, the team fired a score of 2316 led by junior Mark Matheny who posted a score of 584. Right behind was sophomore Michael Steinel who fired a 582. Junior Drew Cheezum (578), senior Anthony Cuozzo (572) and junior Josh Black (570) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
  • In air rifle, the team continued its string of solid performances with a score of 2368. The Buckeyes were led by a program record equaling and season best performance from freshman Rhiann Travis who fired a 596. Michael Steinel also posted a fantastic performance with a 595. Drew Cheezum (589), Josh Black (588), and Mark Matheny (587) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State.

No. 7 Women’s Tennis (3-0)

  • Ohio State defeated Florida State and Alabama this weekend to earn a spot in the ITA National Indoor Team Championship.
  • Against the Seminoles, the Buckeyes won the doubles point and picked up three singles wins to secure the victory. Senior Miho Kowase posted the first victory for the Buckeyes shortly followed by fellow senior Ferny Angeles Paz. Senior Sandy Niehaus captured the third singles victory for the Buckeye win.
  • The Buckeyes gained a 1-0 advantage over the Crimson Tide with doubles wins on courts two and three. Senior Sandy Niehaus posted the first singles victory on court four, dropping just two games. Senior Miho Kowase notched the second singles victory for the Scarlet and Gray on court five. On court six, senior Ferny Angeles Paz won to give the Buckeyes the victory.

No. 16 Women’s Basketball (19-5, 9-1 Big Ten)

  • The Buckeyes secured two wins this past week over Minnesota (88-76) and Nebraska (95-75).
  • Against the Gophers, Kelsey Mitchell scored a team-high 25 points. She was joined by Shayla Cooper (18 points) and Stephanie Mavunga (13 points) in double figures. Mavunga also hauled in 16 rebound to notch a double-double.
  • On Sunday, Mitchell moved into third place on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list after pouring in 22 points against Nebraska. Mavunga and Linnae Harper also reached double-digits, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively.

Track and Field

  • Sade Olatoye won event titles in the elite shot put and weight throw at the Findlay Classic on Saturday; she tossed the shot 15.97m (52-4.75) and the weight apparatus 21.25m (69-8.75) for victories.
  • Nick Demaline won the men’s elite shot put with a heave of 19.04m (62-5.75). The mark was a personal best and it is the fifth-longest throw in Ohio State history. His career-best throw ranks No. 7 in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule 1.23.17-1.29.17

Tuesday, January 31

  • Men’s Basketball, vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, February 1

  • Women’s Basketball, vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, February 2

  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Ball State, 7:30 p.m. — Muncie, Ind.

Friday, February 3

  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, vs. Wright State, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Wrestling, vs. Penn State, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, vs. USF, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, vs. St. Cloud State, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Michigan, 8 p.m. — Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Meyo Invite, All Day — South Bend, Ind.

Saturday, February 4

  • Women’s Basketball, at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. — Madison, Wisc.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, vs. St. Cloud State, 3 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s/Men’s Gymnastics, vs. Rutgers/Michigan, 4 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Basketball, at Michigan, 6 p.m. — Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. — Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. — Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Armory Invite/Meyo Invite, All Day — New York, N.Y. and South Bend, Ind.
  • Synchronized Swimming, Jessica Beck Memorial Meet, TBA — Columbus, Ohio
  • Rifle, PRC Championships, TBA — Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, February 4

  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Furman, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis, at Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. — Nashville, Tenn.
  • Rifle, PRC Championships, TBA — Columbus, Ohio