Ohio State excellence is not exclusive to the football field or the basketball court. Around the Oval is our way of keeping you informed of the amazing things happening with the other 34 varsity sports on campus.
Men's Wrestling Tops Michigan in Ann Arbor
Second-ranked Ohio State beat fourth-ranked Michigan 18-15 in a highly-anticipated rivalry wrestling meet on Sunday. The Buckeyes improved to 13-1 after losing to undefeated Penn State last weekend.
While the team win constituted an important moment in Ohio State's season, the bigger story was top-ranked senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder's first loss since 2015. Snyder is the youngest Olympic gold medalist and World Champion in American wrestling history. In 2016, he became the first individual to win the NCAA, Olympic, and World championships the same year in a generation.
Snyder competed against Michigan's Adam Coon, the second-ranked heavyweight in the nation. Coon, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 285 pounds, exploited a massive size advantage against 5-foot-11, 225 pound Snyder. Still, the loss will come as a disappointment, despite the team's success, for the senior who undoubtedly hoped to finish his already-legendary career without a blemish.
Men's Tennis Slams Florida
The men's tennis team convincingly conquered Florida by a score of 5-2 on Sunday. The victory comes on the heels of a tight 4-3 win against sixth-ranked Texas A&M. The Buckeyes, undefeated seven games into their season, have now won three straight matches against nationally-ranked opponents.
Led by senior Mikael Torpegaard of Virum, Denmark and sophomore JJ Wolff of Cincinnati, Ohio, the team will travel to the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships in Seattle next weekend.
Women's Hockey Splits Double-Header at Minnesota State
Fifth-ranked women's hockey recovered from a 4-1 loss Friday night with a 3-2 victory Saturday Minnesota State Mavericks. With the game tied late in the third period, freshman forward Emma Maltais of Burlington, Ontario came up clutch for the Buckeyes with a game-winning goal.
With the win on Saturday, the women's hockey team tied their 2006-2007 program-best season with 20 wins. The team will conclude its regular season with a home double-header next weekend against the Bemidji State Beavers. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament begins on February 23rd.
The hockey team had an additional reason to celebrate this weekend with three former players walking in the Olympic opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang. Natalie Spooner will try to outdo fellow Buckeye Olympian Snyder as she competes for her second gold medal with the Canadian women's hockey team.