COLUMBUS, Ohio — Laurence Wootton, a midfielder with the Ohio State men’s soccer team, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year Friday by the conference coaches, the league office announced.
Wootton, a native of Halstead, England, also was a 2021 First Team All-Big Ten selection in addition to making the conference All-Freshman Team. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman squad.
Another Ohio State newcomer, Parker Grinstead, a midfielder from West Chester, Ohio, also earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
Senior Mitch Bergman, a defender from Canal Winchester, Ohio, was named Ohio State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
Wootton has started all nine games for the Buckeyes during the 2021 spring season and has played more than 80 minutes in eight, which includes a stretch of four games playing all 90 and one with 110. He leads the team in shots with 12 and has four points with a goal (a game winner at Michigan State March 3) and two assists on the year.
TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked Wootton as the No. 4 Freshman in the country and the top freshman in the Big Ten.
Grinstead has played in nine games with four starts. He leads the team with eight points and in goals scored with three.
Bergman has been a mainstay in the Ohio State lineup the last four years with 58 games played during his career. He will graduate in May 2021 with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Ohio State (3-5-1) plays at Penn State Saturday (noon/BTN) in 2021 Big Ten Tournament play. For more on that game go HERE.