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Ohio State Posts Outstanding APR Numbers

Ohio State notches 995 APR in 2018-19


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Programs in the Ohio State Department of Athletics have been outstanding in the classroom recently, as evidenced by Academic Progress Rate numbers released Tuesday.


In the 16th year of APR data for most teams, the scores provide a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for academic eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.


Dr. John Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative, noted the impressive performance as a department overall.


“This was a remarkable year for the Buckeyes in the Academic Progress Rate, a key measure of student-athlete academic success. The most recent single-year statistics show that 21 Ohio State teams received all the points possible for academic eligibility and retention and our athletics programs as a whole averaged an amazing 995/1000 – by far the highest in recent memory.”


Among the highlights …

·       For the 2018-19 school year, Ohio State student-athletes combined for a 995 single-year APR, with 21 teams posting perfect 1000 scores.

o   Teams with 1000 scores: men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, men’s tennis, men’s track and field, men’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s fencing, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and rifle.

·       Twenty-three teams either increased their single-year score or maintained a perfect score.

·       Looking at multi-year scores, 11 teams have scores of 990 or better and 23 are at 980 or higher.

o   990+ teams: men’s cross country, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s volleyball, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball.

o   Teams with 980-989: football, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, women’s fencing, field hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s track and field and rifle.


Last week, six Ohio State teams – men’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer and men’s tennis – were honored with Public Recognition Awards. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in each sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). All six had perfect 1,000 multi-year APR scores.


In 2019-20, the Buckeyes had an outstanding year in the classroom, with 647 named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. In addition, 206 have received Academic All-Big Ten honors, with spring and at-large sports to be recognized later this spring. This spring, 172 current and former student-athletes earned degrees, joining 79 graduates combined from the Summer and Autumn 2019 terms.




MLS issues update on league’s jewel events

Updates on All-Star Game,
Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup

NEW YORK – As Major League Soccer continues work on plans for a return to competitive play, the league has provided updates on the status of marquee events and competitions previously scheduled for 2020.

The following decisions were made to provide the most available dates for the remainder of the year for league competition:

MLS All-Star Game presented by Target: Originally scheduled to take place on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, the 2020 MLS All-Star Game between the best of MLS and a team of LIGA MX all-stars has been cancelled. While tickets to the All-Star Game had not gone on sale yet, fans who purchased tickets to the All-Star Skills Challenge via Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Refunds will take up to two weeks to be processed by Ticketmaster. Tickets purchased at the stadium box office with cash will be refunded once regular business hours resume when the venue reopens. Fans can visit for the latest information regarding All-Star Skills Challenge refunds and venue box office hours.

The 2021 MLS All-Star Game and festivities are expected to take place in Los Angeles at the same venue. MLS and LIGA MX will resume discussions regarding the event, and there is every expectation that next year’s All-Star Game will be MLS vs. LIGA MX in Los Angeles.

In addition, the league is reviewing proposals from three cities to host the 2022 MLS All-Star Game. Details regarding the 2021 and 2022 All-Star Games will be announced at a later date.

Leagues Cup: The second edition of the annual tournament between top MLS and LIGA MX teams, which was to take place between July and September, has been cancelled in a joint decision by both leagues. MLS and LIGA MX plan to play Leagues Cup in 2021.

Campeones Cup: The third edition of Campeones Cup, which features the reigning MLS Cup champion against the winner of LIGA MX’s Campeón de Campeones, has been cancelled by the two leagues. It was scheduled to take place on August 12 at CenturyLink Field, the home of the 2019 MLS Cup champions, Seattle Sounders FC. The event will return in 2021.

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Ohio State Women’s Tennis stars Fukuda, Wolf honored by Big Ten

Fukuda Named B1G Athlete of the Year, Joined by Wolf on All-B1G Team

Allen receives sportsmanship award



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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shiori Fukuda, a redshirt junior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, has been voted the Big Ten Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten team, with redshirt senior Danielle Wolf also named All-Big Ten. The league’s coaches voted on the conference’s year-end awards and all-league teams. Buckeye sophomore Kolie Allen received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.

Shiori Fukuda

Danielle Wolf

Fukuda, from Tokyo, Japan, is the third Buckeye to earn Big Ten Player of the Year accolades, joining two-time winners Kristy Dascoli (2000, ‘01) and Francesca Di Lorenzo (2016, ‘17). Fukuda also earned B1G Freshman of the Year accolades in 2018. A unanimous All-Big Ten choice each time she has been selected, Fukuda is the fifth Buckeye to earn three First Team All-Big Ten honors and the fourth to be honored each of her first three years. Dascoli (1998-01), Gabriella De Santis (2014-17) and Anna Sanford (2015-18) were all four-time honorees, while Miho Kowase (2014, ’16-17) and Monica Rincon (2000-02) were both three-time selections.


Fukuda was named an ITA All-American earlier this spring. She ended the year ranked No. 11 in the ITA rankings, the highest spot for a Big Ten player in the 2020 year-end rankings. Fukuda rose from No. 79 in the 2019-20 preseason rankings to a then-career best No. 11 at the end of the fall. She then reached a high of No. 8 in February before ending 11th.


A two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week this year, Fukuda was 9-3 in dual matches, all on court one, and was 24-7 overall, leading the Buckeyes in wins in both categories. In the fall, Fukuda was the singles runner-up at the USTA Fall Ranked Spotlight and a finalist in both singles and doubles at the ITA Midwest Regionals. She reached the doubles final and advanced to the singles quarterfinals at an ITF $15K in Lubbock, Texas, as well. A communication major, she is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third time.


Wolf, who hails from Cincinnati, moved up to court two this season and posted a 5-2 record at the spot. She was named the ITA Midwest Region Most Improved Senior award winner earlier this week. This season, Wolf, who clinched the Buckeyes’ win over Duke with a three-set victory, entered the national singles rankings at No. 99 Feb. 5, jumping to No. 60 and finishing at No. 62. She was 13-6 overall in 2019-20, posting a 7-2 dual record. She reached the ITA Midwest Regional quarterfinals out of qualifying in the fall. Wolf earned her bachelor’s degree in communication this spring. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She has also earned ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.


Allen, a native of Lombard, Ill., was 14-8 overall this year, with a 7-4 record in dual matches, playing on court four. Among her singles wins was a three-set victory to clinch the Buckeyes’ victory over Florida State in a College MatchDay match. Allen ended the year ranked 61st in doubles and posted four doubles dual match victories. A speech and hearing science major, Allen is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to earn her first Academic All-Big Ten mention this spring.


As a team in 2020, the Buckeyes were 9-3 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play before the remainder of the season was canceled. The squad reached as high as No. 2 in the national rankings, ending at No. 5.






Ohio Northern NCAA Qualifiers named All-American by National Wrestling Coaches Association

By Tim Glon

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ADA — Senior Seth Transue (Plain City/Jerome), junior Cash Thompson (Lake Odessa, Mich./Lakewood) and freshman Chase Sumner (Ada) have been named All-America in Wrestling for 2020 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Transue was a First Team honoree, while Thompson and Sumner received Third Team honors.

Normally, the top eight finishers in each event earn All-America honors by the NCAA.

As this year’s NCAA III Wrestling Championships were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NWCA is giving its own All-America honors to all athletes that qualified for the championships in March.

The top eight seeds in each of the ten weight classes were given First Team honors, wrestlers who received votes in the seeding process were honored as Second Team selections and the remaining wrestlers were accorded Third Team kudos.

Transue won the 133-pound weight class at the NCAA III Central Regional Wrestling Championships this winter and was seeded seventh at the NCAA III Championships.

He was named the Central Regional Championships Most Valuable Wrestler and was a First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree.

Transue was also named a Scholar All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

He was 43-2 on the season and ended his career tied for 16th all-time in ONU history with a 96-41 career record.

Thompson was 29-7 on the season at 197 pounds and qualified for the NCAA Championships with a second place finish at the Central Regional Championships.

He was named Second Team All-OAC and will enter his senior season with an 84-38 career record.

Sumner was a late addition to the NCAA Championships after finishing fourth at the 149-pound weight class at the Central Regional Championships.

He received a bid just a few days prior to the championships after a Central Regional qualifier from his 149-pound weight class became injured and could not compete.

Sumner ended his rookie campaign with a 37-6 record. His 37 wins are the second-most by a freshman in ONU history.

The Polar Bears finished the 2019-20 season with a 14-8 record under 32nd-year head coach Ron Beaschler.




Ohio State Men’s Tennis puts Four on All-Big Ten Team

Freshman Cannon Kingsley was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Even in a shortened season, Ohio State men’s tennis is still atop the Big Ten as a league-high four Buckeyes were named to the 2019-20 All-Big Ten Team on Wednesday. Voting for the team was conducted by the league’s head coaches.

John McNallyKyle Seelig and Cannon Kingsley were all named to the first team while James Trotter garnered his first All-Big Ten award, landing on the second team.

Cannon Kingsley

For McNally, he becomes the 16th Buckeye to earn All-Big Ten honors three times. He was a unanimous first team selection this year. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was both a singles and doubles All-American this season, going 19-6 in singles and 23-5 in doubles. He reached a career-high at No. 7 in the singles rankings and was in the top-3 all season in doubles, including two weeks at No. 1. He became just the second Buckeye to win both the singles and doubles titles at the ITA Midwest Regional when he swept that tournament in the fall.

Seelig earns first team honors for the second consecutive season. He was 19-6 on the year in singles and 12-2 in doubles. He had five wins over ranked opponents and didn’t lose to a Big Ten foe other than McNally in the finals of the Midwest Regional. His wins over Big Ten opponents included No. 15 Alex Brown (Illinois) and No. 24 Athell Bennett (Purdue), both fellow first teamers. The Hatfield, Pa., native was also undefeated in dual doubles matches this spring at 10-0.

The awards continue to roll in for Kingsley as in addition to his unanimous first team selection, he was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He picked up regional Rookie of the Year honors earlier in the week and is the fifth Buckeye in the last six years to claim both awards. Kinglsey won the consolation bracket at the All-American Championship in his first collegiate event and finished the year with a team-high nine wins over ranked opponents. He was ranked as high as No. 12 in the singles rankings and earned singles All-America honors in his first season.

Trotter had great sophomore campaign. He rose to a career-high 40 in the singles rankings and tied for the team lead with 19 victories. He too became just the second Buckeye to win both the singles and doubles titles at the Big Ten Singles & Doubles Championship in the fall. Against Big Ten opponents this year, he was 8-1 in both singles and doubles. Trotter earned the nickname “Big Game James” as he provided a pair of huge, match-clinching points over top-10 teams in less than a week. He won a three-set match over No. 65 Stefan Dostanic in the Buckeyes’ win over No. 1 Southern Cal. Six days later, he claimed a second, hard-fought three-set victory to provide the winning point in a 4-3 win over No. 6 Wake Forest to send the Buckeyes to the semifinals of the ITA Indoor National Team Championships.

These four All-Big Ten selections raise Ty Tucker’s total to 70 selections in his 21 seasons at the helm. Overall, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 93 first team honorees since the conference began recognizing the award in 1972.


Aleks Kovacevic, Illinois
Bennett Crane, Indiana
Kareem Allaf, Iowa
Ondrej Styler, Michigan
Stefan Milicevic, Minnesota
Dominik Stary, Northwestern
Kyle Seelig, Ohio State

Siphosothando Montsi, Illinois
Will Davies, Iowa
Mattias Siimar, Michigan
Steven Forman, Northwestern
James Trotter, Ohio State
Christian Lakoseljac, Penn State

Andrew Fenty, Michigan

Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State

Unanimous selections designated in ALL CAPS






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