COLUMBUS, Ohio – Quinn Preston and Will Riedell of the No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team have been named finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Ohio State and fellow Big Ten program Notre Dame are the only schools with two standouts among the 10 finalists.
Preston, from Trenton, Mich., is a senior forward for the Buckeyes. An alternate captain for the second year in a row, he has played in 127 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 72 points on 33 goals and 39 assists, including a 7-12-19 line this year. He is a sport industry major on pace to graduate this spring and has earned ACHA Scholar All-American, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten accolades. Preston traveled to Costa Rica on an athletics department service learning trip in 2019.
A defenseman from Greensboro, N.C., Riedell is in his first year at Ohio State after earning his degree in business administration in Spring 2021 from Lake Superior State, where he earned WCHA All-Academic Team accolades. He is a captain for the Buckeyes this year while working toward a graduate degree in public management. Riedell has skated in 171 collegiate games and has posted 61 points on 20 goals and 41 assists, with 157 blocked shots. This season, he has 10 points, with three goals and seven assists, with 50 shot blocks.
Preston and Riedell are the fourth and fifth Buckeyes to be Senior CLASS Award Top 10 finalists, joining Sean Duddy (2012), Tanner Laczynski (2020) and Sasha Larocque (2019).
To be eligible for the Senior CLASS Award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior or graduate student and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by a selection committee from the list of 20 candidates announced earlier in the season. Nationwide fan voting is underway to help select the winner and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 28. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2022 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four® in April.