Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite two Buckeyes collecting individual titles, the Ohio State wrestling team couldn’t replicate that success across the board this weekend at the Big Ten championships, as it finished third at the two-day event hosted by the University of Iowa. Penn State ran away with the victory, while Iowa squeaked by OSU to grab second place.The Buckeyes earned top-five finishes in five weight classes but could not pick up enough points to catch the Nittany Lions. A win in the heavyweight class pushed OSU close to Iowa, but ultimately the team still came up one point short. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello continued his dominance in the 125-pound weight class, as the Parma, Ohio, native swept the field on his way to his second straight Big Ten individual title. Tomasello faced a familiar opponent in the finals in Nico Megaludis of Penn State. The two met in a dual-meet earlier this year when the Buckeyes traveled to State College, Pennsylvania. Both times Tomasello was able to walk away with a 3-1 win, but he needed overtime to hold onto his conference title. A strong takedown midway through the extra period gave the redshirt sophomore the win. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan failed to decipher his cousin, Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin, for the third time in 12 months in the 165-pound weight class. Much like the two Jordans’ previous matches, there was little action in the first. Bo Jordan scored an escape in the second, but he was on the wrong side of riding time, which made the score technically 1-1. A quick takedown late by Isaac Jordan caught OSU’s wrestler off guard, and Bo Jordan lost 3-1.Even with the loss, which was his second of the season, Bo Jordan will be representing OSU at 165 pounds in the national championships. World champion and sophomore Kyle Snyder ended the tournament with a bang for the Buckeyes against Adam Coon of Michigan. The 7-4 decision for Snyder gave the Woodbine, Maryland, native his first Big Ten title.Snyder had a dominant first two matches, picking up two technical falls. The final match was not as easy for the sophomore, as he had to go through Coon, a runner-up at heavyweight from last year’s national championship.Freshman Myles Martin had a strong showing in his first Big Ten tournament on his way to a third-place finish. After earning a fall in his first bout against Shane Shadaia of Michigan State, Martin earned an 8-2 decision win before running into top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State.Nickal pinned Martin, but the freshman recovered to win his next two matches and earn a third-place finish. Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan also finished in third.A No. 1 seed for Micah Jordan did not make things anything easier for the St. Paris Graham High School product. After a 5-3 decision in the first bout, the redshirt freshman dropped an overtime decision to Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State. Micah Jordan would recover in a convincing manner, picking up two major decisions, a technical fall and a fall in his next five matches. The fall came in the third-place match after Micah Jordan was trailing heading into the last period.The 157-pound weight class was a bit of a tough go for redshirt freshman Jake Ryan. After a first-round bye, Ryan was on the wrong end of a close 2-1 decision against Iowa’s Edwin Cooper Jr. Ryan won his next two matches, but he came up short against his last two opponents. The redshirt freshman ended the tournament in sixth place. The Buckeyes had two seventh-place finishers with senior Mark Martin and redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius. Neither wrestler was able to capture a Big Ten individual title in his tenure at OSU.Martin won two matches on the weekend, including the key bout to earn a seventh-place finish. The senior picked up a late takedown against Purdue’s Drake Stein, which gave Martin a 4-3 decision win. DiJulius fell to the seventh-place bracket after losing to Jordan Conaway of Penn State. Even so, the tournament ended on a high note for DiJulius with a 19-2 technical fall. The last two wrestlers from OSU finished in eighth. Both senior Kenny Courts and redshirt freshman Cody Burcher fought hard, but ultimately they couldn’t find the answer.Burcher earned a fall in his third match, and Courts picked up a major decision in his first match of the tournament.This is the fifth straight top-five finish for the Buckeyes as a team in the Big Ten tournament, and the seventh top-five finish overall for the Scarlet and Gray under coach Tom Ryan. OSU will now set its sights on the NCAA national championships in New York City. The tournament is scheduled to be held from March 17 to 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe idea that “records don’t matter” when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan has been reiterated throughout the week by the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein knows all too well how much of a dogfight the matchups between the Buckeyes and the Spartans are.Since 2011, the Buckeyes are just 2-3 against Michigan State — the worst mark OSU has against any team throughout the past five years. During that time, the Scarlet and Gray have never played in Spartan Stadium as a top-five team.That is, until Saturday. Elflein, among others, said the 3-7 record for Mark Dantonio’s team is nothing if not a ruse. A hot topic for OSU coach Urban Meyer this week has been how important competing for a Big Ten title — something OSU might not do this season — is for making a playoff case. Meyer, of course, deflected the question, and said he had not discussed the issue with his team.“Just want to beat Michigan State, man,” he said. “It means a lot.”Looking back through the past five years, that statement has been easier said than done.2011: Michigan State 10 – Ohio State 7In the wake of TattooGate, the Buckeyes lost long-time coach Jim Tressel and multiple players. In Luke Fickell’s interim head coaching stint, OSU came into the game against the Spartans at 3-1, with a loss to the University of Miami. The Buckeyes were simply outclassed in Ohio Stadium, as they failed to average more than a yard rushing on 39 attempts. Even with three forced turnovers, just 178 yards of offense and 82 yards of penalties suffocated OSU. OSU finished the year 6-7 without any real notable wins, except for a 33-29 victory over Wisconsin, who went on to win the Big Ten title. Next year, Meyer became the head coach for OSU, much to the excitement of Buckeye fans.2012: Ohio State 17 – Michigan State 16Meyer’s tenure started with a bang. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, the Buckeyes traveled to their first away game of the season. The Spartans proved to be a tough draw.It took a 314 total-yard performance from Braxton Miller to do it, and a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith to seal the deal. It was Michigan State’s second loss of the season.The Buckeyes never had a game as close as this one for the rest of the 2012 campaign, and OSU finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record. Due to ramifications from NCAA actions taken against the team after TattooGate, OSU was not bowl eligible.2013: Michigan State 34 – Ohio State 24 (Big Ten championship)After facing Michigan State for the two previous years in the regular season, the Buckeyes had to wait until the Big Ten title game to get a chance at Dantonio’s team. OSU was pushed to the limit for the second straight week after a 42-41 slugfest in the week prior with Michigan.The Buckeyes luck ran out, and Meyer suffered his first loss as OSU’s coach.Connor Cook torched the Scarlet and Gray defense with 304 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langfield pounded the ball up the middle against a relatively stout OSU rush defense. A late Langford touchdown run put Michigan State up by 10, and the Spartans never looked back.Defensive shortcomings mixed with a lack of an OSU passing game (eight completions for 101 yards) gave the Spartans the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes had to wait until early November of 2014 to get redemption.2014: Ohio State 49 – Michigan State 37The injury of Braxton Miller before the 2014 season began was supposed to doom the Buckeyes. That was until a little-known redshirt freshman quarterback by the name of J.T. Barrett trotted onto the field for OSU.Barrett, who had led the team to a 7-1 mark when OSU traveled to East Lansing, played one of his best games of his short career to that point. Piling up 300 yards through the air with three touchdowns, paired with a 154-yard, two touchdown performance for Ezekiel Elliott, the Buckeyes walked away from Spartan Stadium one win richer.The win was an upset, with OSU coming into the game at No. 14 and Michigan State at No. 8. A good showing against the Spartans helped propel the Buckeyes into Big Ten and eventually national championship contention.2015: Michigan State 17 – Ohio State 14With repeat title hopes on their mind, the Buckeyes struggled to find continuity at the quarterback position. Swapping between Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped the team win a national championship following an injury to Barrett against Michigan in 2014, Meyer could not decide who should have led the team.With the decision made for Barrett to start, OSU’s offense floundered. Elliott touched the ball just 12 times, and Barrett threw for just 46 yards. Two turnovers for the Buckeye defense still wasn’t enough to bring home a win. Tyler O’Connor, Michigan State’s starting quarterback for this season, replaced an injured Connor Cook and managed the game to the best of his abilities. A game-winning field goal by Michael Geiger is an image most OSU fans have yet to let go, especially the windmill celebration the kicker did down the sideline after nailing the kick to top OSU.2016With title hopes on the line again for OSU, and Michigan State looking to save face following a disappointing season so far, fans in attendance should be ready for some fireworks in Spartan Stadium. OSU’s run game should dictate the pace of play, while the Silver Bullets might be able to grab a few turnovers.
Led by its defense, the Ohio State men’s hockey team bounced back to take two points from No. 2 Miami (Ohio) and secure home ice in the playoffs.After being mauled in Oxford, Ohio, Friday night, the Buckeyes bounced back from the 6-2 loss to get a shootout victory Saturday in Columbus.When a game goes to a shootout it is officially scored as a tie, but Buckeye goaltender Dustin Carlson said after the game that “I feel like it’s a win, not a tie.”Carlson was the star for the Buckeyes as he shut out Miami through regulation, overtime and the shootout.“He responded well from [Friday] night,” coach John Markell said of his goaltender. In one of the best games of his career, Carlson finished the game with 38 saves.“At the drop of the puck I just knew I was into it right away,” Carlson said. He also attributed a lot of the Buckeyes’ success to the play of the defense, which he attributed to better communication.Junior Peter Boyd, who scored the Buckeyes second shootout goal, also acknowledged the improved play of the defense.“We had guys blocking shots and making sacrifices,” Boyd said. “I think [Shane] Sims had eight blocks tonight.”While the game was low on scoring, it certainly didn’t lack intensity.“Playing back-to-back nights against your rival, that’s pretty intense,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said.Four players were penalized for roughing after the whistle, including OSU’s John Albert and Miami’s Curtis McKenzie at the end of overtime.The penalty against Albert looked to be costly as he is one of the usual shooters for the Buckeyes in a shootout situation, but was unable to participate due to penalty. The Buckeyes were, however, unaffected as both Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd lit the lamp for the Buckeyes, which was more than enough for Carlson.Carlson saved both attempts he faced, securing a 2-0 shootout win for the Buckeyes. Carlson has now saved the past 11 attempts he has faced in shootouts as his confidence continues to grow.“Right now is probably the best I’ve felt all season, playing in five games in a row now,” Carlson said.The shootout victory earned the Buckeyes two key points in their final game of the season and ensured home ice for the first round of the conference tournament. The Buckeyes finish the regular season in eighth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and will host ninth place Notre Dame next weekend.Next weekend’s series will come with a change of scenery for the Buckeyes. The games will be played at the OSU Ice Rink, instead of the Schottenstein Center where the team played its regular season games. But for the Buckeyes it is a welcomed change.“I’m excited about it,” Carlson said. “We practice over there every day, so we know the ice very well. I also like the small barn, it’s not going to take too many of our fans to pack it. Last year when we played Bowling Green the atmosphere was great and hopefully we feed off of that.”
INDIANAPOLIS — There’s something about Northwestern, something that inevitably leads to a hotly contested showdown. Whenever they’re scheduled to play the Buckeyes, they’re bound to clash. On Jan. 29, the Buckeyes just barely hung on to a one-point lead and were able to secure the victory, 58-57. Two years ago in Evanston, Ill., then freshman Wildcat John Shurna drilled a last second 3-point attempt to give Northwestern the victory, 72-69. Consider today’s contest the rubber match. It took extra basketball and a monstrous effort by two members of the dynamic freshman trio, but the Buckeyes were able to pull-off the victory, 67-61. While the seniors, along with junior guard William Buford, struggled in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament, freshmen Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger had huge days. “To come in here for their first Big Ten tournament and play at the level they played at, I looked out there at times and we had three freshmen on the floor,” coach Thad Matta said. “Thirty-two games into it, they’re pretty accustomed to just about anything.” Sullinger had a gigantic performance on the glass, pulling in 18 boards to go along with his 20-point performance. His 18 rebounds were one shy of tying the Big Ten tournament record at 19. “Towards the end of the game they kind of went small, especially in overtime,” Sullinger said. “So we decided to, because they had Shurna guarding me, and obviously Shurna has 60 pounds less than me, we started going to me from there and free throws are just mentality.” Sullinger didn’t have a great day from the field, but the charity stripe was more than generous. Sully hit 16-of-18 from the line, including a perfect 10-for-10 in overtime. “After practice we always shoot 25 and then after we break the huddle I shoot 25 more. I’ve been shooting free throws for the last two weeks after practice,” Sullinger said. Not to be outdone by his star teammate, Craft also hit the glass hard, pulling in seven boards. It’s a good thing too, because the Buckeyes shot just 32 percent from the field, including 3-for-15 from beyond the arc for a 20-percent shooting percentage from deep. When asked how he’s able to come up big in big games despite his inexperience at the college level, Craft deflected all attention onto his teammates and coaches. “I’ve definitely benefited from the coaching staff we have, and the seniors we have,” Craft said. “They’ve always been there, no matter if we’re up or we’re down, in practice or in games. The Wildcats like to slow down the tempo and force opponents to play their preferred style and pace, something they’ve used effectively in both games this season. “It’s definitely something we knew they were going to do coming in. It was very successful the first time we played them, and it was pretty successful today,” Craft said. Former Buckeye Clark Kellogg predicted strong play from the young Buckeyes early in the week. “Craft, Sullinger and Thomas, all of them are special in their own way and they’ve done a marvelous job, all three of them,” Kellogg told The Lantern on Wednesday. “That’s who you’ve gone with all year, you can’t change that now. There is some pretty good, solid senior leadership to balance out whatever being a freshman might mean in the tournament. But those kids are unique; they’re competitive and talented.”
Aaron Craft knows the Ohio State basketball team needs another scorer. Outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes don’t have another proven option to put the ball in the hole on a consistent basis. Against Albany Sunday, Craft tried – and succeeded – in fulfilling that void. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points and seven assists in OSU’s 82-60 victory. To be fair, fellow junior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. also chipped in 18 points and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross scored 10 in addition to Thomas’ 19, but Craft was the most consistent option. It’s something Matta hinted was coming in the preseason and Craft said he’s been working on all summer. “He spent a lot of time in the gymnasium,” Matta said. “Aaron is such a smart kid. He knows what this team needs and having another guy that can put the ball in the basket is obviously something this team needs.” Before the game, Craft warmed up differently than he has in previous years. Instead of taking set shots, the vast majority of his pregame reps simulated a situation where he’d come off a screen, catch the ball in stride and fire up a quick jumper. The junior guard was comfortable taking shots from standstill positions last year, but the ability to catch and shoot coming off screens is something Craft said adds another dimension to his game. “That was the biggest thing we tried to work on, just shooting behind screens and things like that,” Craft said. “Teammates got to trust me to shoot the ball as well. So throughout the summer, throughout the fall, just trying to get their confidence in me as well.” Albany coach Will Brown said that if Craft can score like he did Sunday, it makes the Buckeyes a different animal offensively. “Like I said to my staff coming into the game, if Craft hits five or six threes then it wasn’t meant to be, and sure enough he hit five threes. You know he’s going to play in the NBA for 10 years,” Brown said. “If Craft is scoring on that level he did tonight – I know it will be a lot tougher in the Big Ten – but he just keeps getting better every year. He’s already the best defensive guard in the country.” The Buckeyes are looking for more than just another scoring option though. With the departure of former Buckeye big man Jared Sullinger to the NBA, Matta is searching for a dominant presence inside. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore forward Amir Williams received the most playing time Sunday, but did not have much production. In a combined 31 minutes of playing time, the pair collaborated for zero points and six rebounds. “We were on them at halftime for rebounding. Amir and Evan played 20 minutes in the first half and had a combined three rebounds,” said Matta, who added he would like to see them get more involved offensively. Brown said the center position is key to the Buckeyes’ future. “I think if they get any consistency from the five spot, the center spot, they can go very, very far this year,” he said. It might not be safe to take too much away from the Buckeyes’ performance Sunday, though. Albany plays in the America East Conference and, as Brown openly admitted, is nowhere near the Buckeyes in terms of talent and athleticism. “(OSU’s) got McDonald’s All-Americans coming off the bench,” he said. “My guys go to McDonald’s to eat.” OSU is scheduled to play Rhode Island on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn., at 5 p.m.
Lantern File PhotoOSU redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby pumps up the crowd before a game against Miami (OH) on Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-10.The charge against Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby has been downgraded to disorderly conduct from battery, according to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.Roby was involved in an altercation at a bar in Bloomington, Ind. on July 21 where he was initially charged with misdemeanor battery. The date of the pretrial hearing remains Aug. 26, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.OSU coach Urban Meyer has not suspended Roby for the incident, but he has been practicing with the team during fall camp in preparation for the season.The maximum punishment for a disorderly conduct charge is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine in Indiana.It remains to be seen if Roby will take part in the teams Aug. 31 season opener at home against Buffalo.OSU and Roby did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.
Johnnie Dixon (1) is lifted into the air by A.J. Alexander (88) after Dixon’s touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorOhio State will be without redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander in the fall after the backup injured his knee, which required surgery and will cause him to miss the 2017 season, a team spokesman confirmed to The Lantern on Friday.The news was first reported by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.The tight end was injured after spring practice had concluded and has already undergone surgery, according to the spokesman.Alexander played in all 13 games for Ohio State last season, catching four passes for 27 yards.During spring practice, Alexander saw an increased role in the offense while redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh rehabilitated after undergoing shoulder surgery.Ohio State’s three redshirt sophomore tight ends – Luke Farrell, Jake Hausmann and Kierre Hawkins – will likely take larger roles in the offense given the void Alexander leaves.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterAfter recovering from a 2-0 deficit, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-6, 1-3 Big Ten) fell to Maryland (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) in five sets (25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 17-15) on Saturday night. Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić topped both teams with a career-high 19 kills and 19.5 points. Junior middle blocker Madison Smeathers contributed 13 kills and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry struck nine. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte had eight kills, seven blocks and two aces and Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin nailed three aces.Sophomore setter Becca Mauer clocked 48 assists, 13 digs and five blocks for her third straight double-double. Sophomore defensive specialize Hannah Gruensfelder had a team-best 20 digs.The Buckeyes had an initial lead in the first set and were up 12-11. The score remained tight throughout the set but Maryland closed the set at 25-22. Ohio State also started the second set off strong, managing a lead throughout the set until the Terrapins tied the score at 17-all and continued to win the set 25-22. Ohio State came back strong in the following two sets, leading with a wide gap throughout the set before a 25-15 win. They continued this trend into the fourth set with a steady lead and while the Terps nearly caught up at the end, the Buckeyes clinched the set with a 25-22 final score. Ohio State still got ahead in the fifth set and were up 13-12 before the Terps tied the score, eventually winning the set and the match at 17-15. The Buckeyes get back on the road to visit Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
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