Jan. 25, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Nick Gray, track & field
    • Won the 60-meter dash at the Power Five Conference Clash over the weekend with a personal best time of 6.71, the fifth-fastest time in school history; also finished third in the 200-meter dash
  • Julia McKinnon & Claudia Kepler, women’s hockey
    • Both players had five-point weekends for the Buckeyes and turned in four-point performances in Saturday’s 8-3 victory over Minnesota State. It was the first time in over two years Ohio State scored at least eight goals in a game.

No. 7 Women’s Basketball (15-4, 7-1 B1G)

  • Ohio State won both of its contests this past week: a 97-93 win over Michigan and a 67-58 victory over Rutgers.
  • Shayla Cooper’s big game propelled the Buckeyes to victory over the Wolverines; the junior scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the winning effort. Kelsey Mitchell also poured in 27 points as Ohio State extended its school record to 11 straight games with at least 80 points.
  • On Sunday against the Scarlet Knights Mitchell’s 22 points and Ameryst Alston’s 15, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter, were the keys to victory for the Buckeyes.

No. 9 Wrestling (7-2, 4-1 B1G)

  • Competing at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cleveland, the Buckeyes cruised to victory over Big Ten foe Michigan State 33-9. They won eight of 10 matches, five via bonus points.
  • Nathan Tomasello, Johnni DiJulius, and Nick Tavanello – all local products – won their respective events, with Tavanello winning by major decision. Tomasello also extended his personal winning streak to 31 matches after his 21-6 technical fall win.

Men’s Hockey (7-13-2, 2-4-2 B1G)

  • Ohio State split its series with Penn State, winning 5-1 on Saturday evening.
  • Nick Schilkey notched a goal in each game, while Tyler Lundey (two assists on Saturday) was the lone Buckeye with a multi-point game over the weekend.
  • Goalie Christian Frey recorded 70 total saves against the Nittany Lions, including 33 in the win.

Women’s Hockey (8-17-1, 4-15-1 WCHA)

  • Ohio State’s weekend in Mankato consisted of a shootout victory on Friday and an 8-3 win on Saturday.
  • In addition to Kepler and McKinnon’s stellar performances, Melani Moylan scored a goal in each game and Katie Matheny tied a career-high with two goals on Friday.
  • In the shootout on Friday, Kendall Curtis and Julianna Iafallo scored for the Buckeyes to help grab the extra point in the standings.

No. 18 Women’s Tennis (4-0)

  • After defeating two Top-20 teams last week – No. 19 Pepperdine and No. 22 TCU – Ohio State earned its second-ever trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, the last coming in 2001.
  • The Buckeyes came from behind to defeat the Waves, with Olivia Sneed winning the only straight set singles match of the day, downing her opponent 7-5, 6-2 to clinch a Scarlet and Gray victory.
  • Against the Horned Frogs, the Buckeyes won three of their singles matches, all in straight sets, and two of its doubles matches. Francesca Di Lorenzo was the only Ohio State player to win both a singles and doubles match.

Men’s Tennis (6-0)

  • After defeating Wichita State and Denver in its ITA Kick-Off Weekend event, Ohio State clinched a berth at the ITA Indoor National Championships next month. The Buckeyes also defeated Toledo, Butler, Xavier and Dayton to go a perfect 6-0 to open the season.
  • In the opening matchup against the Shockers, freshman Martin Joyce was a part of a winning doubles tandem with Ralf Steinbach and also won his singles match 6-1, 6-3.

No. 7 Men’s Volleyball (5-2)

  • Ohio State picked up its fourth consecutive sweep, defeating Coker College 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-23).
  • Christian Franceschi racked up 11 kills, his first double-digit kill effort as a Buckeye, while freshman Sanil Thomas led the way with 27 assists.

No. 4 Men’s Gymnastics

  • With a season-high team score of 435.550, Ohio State finished second overall in its meet against No. 2 Stanford and No. 5 California.
  • OSU earned its highest team scores of the season on all six events, clearing the 71-point mark on each apparatus. Alec Yoder was the winner on rings (15.150) and the runner-up on pommel horse (15.520).

Track and Field

  • Competing at the Power Five Conference Clash, several Buckeyes turned in notable performances. Along with AOTW Gray, junior Aaliyah Barnes ran a season-best time of 23.70 in the prelims of the 200-meter dash.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Monday, Jan. 25

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, Jan. 28

  • Women’s Basketball vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Basketball at Illinois, 9 p.m. – Champaign, Ill.

Friday, Jan. 29

  • Pistol – Winter Open, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Swimming & Diving vs. Kentucky, 5 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Kentucky, 5 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Wrestling vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. – Bloomington, Ind.
  • Men’s Volleyball at Quincy, 8 p.m. – Quincy, Ill.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 8:07 p.m. – Duluth, Minn.

Saturday, Jan. 30

  • Pistol – Winter Open, 8 a.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. The Hill Academy, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Swimming & Diving vs. Buffalo/Michigan/West Virginia, 1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Buffalo/Michigan/West Virginia, 1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics at Michigan, 2 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Women’s Gymnastics vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 5:07 p.m. – Duluth, Minn.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball at Lindenwood, 8 p.m. – St. Charles, Mo.
  • Fencing – Northwestern Duals, All Day – Evanston, Ill.

Sunday, Jan. 31

  • Men’s Tennis vs. Texas, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis at Michigan, 1 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Wrestling at Purdue, 1 p.m. – West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Rifle vs. Nebraska, TBA – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf – Alumni Match, All Day – West Palm Beach, Fla.