Olympic Sports Recap: Winter Season In Full Swing
With the new semester fully in session, Ohio State athletics are picking up once again. While it’s been a tough run of weeks for Ohio State’s football and men’s basketball teams, there’s still plenty of Buckeye teams that have started the new year on the right foot, as reflected by a perfect 7-0 week for every Olympic sports team that competed head-to-head.
It was a massive week for the Tom Ryan’s wrestling program, as Ohio State landed two top 25 wins, including a victory over No. 4 Arizona State in front of a sold out home crowd. For more on that match, be sure to check out the full recap.
It was another huge match for heavyweight Gary Traub, who has earned the nickname “Gas Tank Gary” in recent weeks and secured a 4-2 sudden victory over Matthew Correnti. Ohio State also got victories from Luke Pletcher at 141 (No. 1 Pletcher def. Aragona. MD, 12-4); Sammy Sasso at 149 (No. 6 Sasso def. Angelo. MD, 16-7); Ethan Smith at 165 (No. 13 Smith def. Brett Donner. MD, 13-4.); Kaleb Romero at 174 (No. 9 Romero def. No. 19 Grello. D, 9-2); and Kollin Moore at 197 (No. 1 Moore def. No. 17 Pagano. MD, 20-9)
Ohio State takes the mat next on Friday, Jan. 17 for a big match in Madison against Wisconsin.
Ohio State continued the strong start to new head coach Kevin Burch’s tenure, rattling off wins over Urbana and Saint Francis to open the season 3-0 after a win over North Greenville last week.
Both matches saw Ohio State winning in straight sets. Urbana served as Ohio State’s first in-state opponent in 15 years, as the Buckeyes cruised to a win, 25-20, 25-11, 25-19.
Martin Lallemand had nine kills and two service snipes for a match-high 12 points. Tyler Alter led the team in digs with eight and blocks with three.
Ohio State was similarly dominant against Saint Francis, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19, marking the first time that Ohio State won its first nine sets of the season since 2007. Ohio State will take on Lincoln Memorial and King in the upcoming week on Jan. 16 and 17, both at home.
Ohio State rattled off two more wins off of a lengthy winter break, sweeping Minnesota State to improve to 13-5-4 on the season. The first of two came with a blanking of Minnesota State, 6-0. Lisa Bruno opened the scoring with her first goal of the season, Emma Maltais had three assists and one goal, while Tatum Skaggs, Liz Schepers, Rebecca Freiburger and Gabby Rosenthal all found the back of the net as well.
The second match saw Ohio State win 8-4, on the back of goals from Maltais, Skaggs, Rosenthal, Schepers, Jennifer Gardiner (2), Sophie Jaques and Jincy Dunne.
Ohio State takes the ice next weekend against Minnesota on the road.
Ohio State opened its 2020 season with a win over N.C. State, 194.025-193.800. Senior Olivia Aepli was named team MVP, as she took first-place in three events. She won vault with a 9.850, bars with the same score, and on floor, where she tied for first with Claire Gagliardi, putting up a 9.875.
“Overall, we just needed to get started. It was really nice to see them have a good comeback on floor, after a little disappointing beam set. Floor was something we struggled on a lot with last year, so for me that was a big step forward for us,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said.
Ohio State’s next meet comes on Jan. 18, in East Lansing against Michigan State.
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