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Ohio State dance team brings home national title

Plus a recap of all the other Ohio State sports in action this weekend.

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Congrats to the Ohio State dance team for bringing home a national title! The Buckeyes finished ahead of Minnesota and Arizona State to earn the Division IA Jazz national championship.

Wrestling remains undefeated in the Big Ten

The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team posted two impressive wins this weekend to keep its winning streak alive as the team cruises through conference play. Friday, the Buckeyes earned a 24-13 victory over No. 8 Wisconsin. In all, Ohio State finished the match having won six bouts.

Redshirt senior Kollin Moore earned his 100th career win Friday, winning the 197-pound match. Senior Luke Pletcher (141-pounds) and redshirt freshman Sammy Sasso (149-pounds) brought home wins over ranked opponents. Redshirt junior Elijah Cleary (157-pounds), redshirt sophomore Kaleb Romero (174-pounds) and redshirt freshman Rocky Jordan (184-pounds) rounded out the wins for the Buckeyes.

Sunday, the Buckeyes posted another impressive, 28-6 win over Illinois. After falling behind early, Ohio State won the final eight bouts of the day to take home the win. Pletcher quickly followed-up Moore’s record, earning his own 100th career win as a Buckeye, while Sasso, Cleary, Romero, Jordan and Moore each earned their second win of the weekend. Redshirt sophomore Ethan Smith (165-pounds) and redshirt junior Gary Traub (heavyweight) also scored points for the Buckeyes with their wins Sunday.

With the wins, the Buckeyes move to 7-1 on the year and extend their win streak to five. They also remain a perfect 3-0 in conference dual meets. Next up, Ohio State heads to Iowa City to face the top-ranked Hawkeyes.

Women’s basketball routs Illinois

Ohio State women’s basketball has been steadily building momentum throughout the early Big Ten season. Despite falling to Michigan State in heartbreaking fashion on the road Thursday, the Buckeyes bounced back with a 77-47 win over Illinois Sunday. Even more impressive for Ohio State is that, despite a close score at halftime, the Buckeyes finished with a 40-10 scoring run to conclude the game after the game was tied at 37-all midway through the third.

Three Ohio State players scored in double-digits, led by freshman guard Kiersten Bell whose 19 points came off the bench. Fellow freshmen Madison Greene and Jacy Sheldon added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

As a team, the Buckeyes out-rebounded the Illini 42-33, and had four blocks. Ohio State shot greater than 48% from the field, and connected on 11-of-22 shots from three-point range. Defensively, Ohio State held the Illini 31% shooting.

With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 11-7 on the season, including 4-3 in conference play. They’ll look to build on that conference record when they travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes Thursday.

In other matchups...

  • The 15th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team is off to a quick start in 2020, moving to 5-0 to wrap up its season-opening homestand. Most recently, the Buckeyes blanked King University in straight sets. In all, Ohio State has dropped just a single set through five games. The Buckeyes will look to see if they can keep their mojo when they leave Columbus for the first time this season to face USC and UCLA in neutral site matchups.
  • No. 9 Ohio State men’s hockey went 1-0-1 against No. 18 Notre Dame this weekend, posting a 4-4 tie in overtime Friday and a 2-1 victory Saturday. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 15-6-3 overall. Next up, Ohio State is scheduled to travel to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota.
  • Fifth-ranked women’s ice hockey split the weekend with top-ranked Minnesota, defeating the Gophers 4-1 Friday before falling 2-1 on Hockey Day Minnesota. The team moves to 14-6-4 after the weekend, and will be in action once again Friday when the squad faces Quinnipiac.
  • Ohio State tennis kicked off the spring this weekend. The 25th-ranked women’s tennis traveled to Ann Arbor to face No. 14 Michigan, No. 22 Tennessee and TCU. Though the women’s team didn’t keep score, the No. 6 men’s squad wasted no time in securing its first two wins of the spring, blanking Xavier and Wright State 7-0 each.
  • Ohio State women’s gymnastics struggled on the road in their Big Ten opener this weekend, falling to Michigan State by a narrow score of 195.450 - 195.275. Even with the loss, there were certainly bright spots for the Buckeyes, who earned first-place finishes on the uneven bars, vault and balance beam. The team looks to get back on track Saturday when they return to Columbus to face Maryland and Central Michigan.
  • Men’s gymnastics was also in action this weekend, competing in their home opener at the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes finished second of three teams with a score of 397.600 on the day, their only first-place finish coming on the pommel horse. Ohio State will be back in action Saturday when they hit the road to take on Penn State.
  • The Ohio State Buckeyes fencing team, which debuted at No. 5 in the inaugural 2020 Coaches Poll, faced some of the nation’s top competition Saturday at the St. John’s Invitational. The Buckeyes went 4-1 overall but, though tying for first, lost the tiebreaker to the hosts. Sunday, the team traveled to Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Invitational hosted by Penn. In that matchup, the women went 4-1 while the men went 2-3.
  • Track and field headed to Michigan for the Simmons-Harvey Invitational this weekend, a tri-team meet featuring Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. The women’s team posted a second-place finish with 93 points, coming in behind the Wolverines, who took the title with 120 points. The Buckeyes posted first-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and shot put. The men also finished second behind Michigan with a score of 113 — 13 points behind the Wolverines. The men also had wins in the 60-meter dash, as well as long jump, high jump, pole vault and 600-meter run. Next up, the Buckeyes head to New York for the Columbia Challenge.
  • On swimming and diving’s senior day, both the men’s and women’s teams fell to Michigan in Columbus. The 16th-ranked men fell to the third-ranked Wolverines 190-110, while the No. 18 women lost 165-135. The women had wins in the 50-free, 200-free, 200-individual medley, 400-free relay and the one-meter diving. The men, meanwhile, had first-place finishes in the 200-back, 500-free, one-meter springboard and three-meter diving.
  • Ohio State rifle traveled to Fort Worth this weekend, facing TCU Saturday and Coast Guard Sunday. In the Buckeyes’ opening matchup, the squad fell to the Horned Frogs 4,724-4,644. However, Ohio State bounced back Sunday, defeating Coast Guard 4,665-4,533.

In other news…

  • Three members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team earned preseason honors last week. Junior Justin Inacio and seniors Ryan Terefenko and Jeff Henrick were named preseason All-Big Ten by Inside Lacrosse. Men’s lacrosse opened play this weekend with a scrimmage against Marquette in Columbus, with one more scrimmage against Lafayette this weekend before the official season starts Feb. 4 versus Detroit Mercy.
  • The Buckeyes’ women’s volleyball team named a new head coach ahead of the squad’s 2020 campaign. Jen Flynn Oldenburg, who played at Ohio State from 1996-1999, is returning to Columbus as head coach of her alma mater. Previously, Oldenburg was a member of the USA National Team, and has spent time as an assistant coach at Illinois and with the U18 national team.
  • Ohio State field hockey continues to rack up offseason honors. The latest comes as freshman midfielder Leanne Bough was one of 60 players selected to the U.S. Women’s U-21 National Team. Bough will happen to be coached by her collegiate head coach, Jarred Martin, who is also at the helm of the U-21 team. The squad is preparing for competition at the Pan American Championship in Chile, scheduled for Nov. 30 - Dec. 13.