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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State men's tennis wins 18th consecutive Big Ten title

IMG_7408by:Andy Backstrom04/22/24


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Ohio State men’s tennis wins 18th consecutive Big Ten title

Like clockwork, Ohio State men’s tennis claimed its 18th consecutive Big Ten title Sunday. The Buckeyes have maintained conference bragging rights since 2006.

That’s the second-longest Big Ten title streak. Only Iowa wrestling has one longer, as the Hawkeyes ripped off 25 league championships in a row from 1974-98.

This time around, top-ranked Ohio State hoisted the trophy after sweeping Wisconsin, 7-0. The Buckeyes are now 27-1 this season.

Ohio State’s lone loss so far this year came at Texas, where the Buckeyes suffered a 5-2 defeat. In Big Ten play, however, head coach Ty Tucker’s team dominated. Ohio State didn’t lose a match in conference competition, moving its record to 188-2 against Big Ten opponents during the aforementioned championship streak.

Taking down a struggling Wisconsin team (1-21, 0-9 Big Ten) was just the cherry on top of another impressive regular season. Alongside JJ Tracy, fifth-year senior Robert Cash reached an individual milestone Sunday as well, notching his 140th career doubles win. In the process, Cash surpassed Peter Kobelt (2011-14) for the most double victories in program history.

Wisconsin forfeited three matches, one doubles and two singles, helping Ohio State secure the doubles point and then take a 3-0 lead.

Here’s how the rest of the action unfolded:

No. 17 Cannon Kingsley (Ohio State) defeated Michael Minasyan (Wisconsin) 6-3, 6-0
No. 16 JJ Tracy (Ohio State) defeated Gabriel Huber (Wisconsin) 6-1, 6-2
No. 26 Jack Anthrop (Ohio State) defeated Tomas Zlatohlavek (Wisconsin) 6-4, 7-5
No. 121 Alexander Bernard (Ohio State) defeated Matthew Fullerton (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-2

The Buckeyes will enter the Big Ten Tournament next week as the No. 1 seed, starting with a Friday morning match versus either Wisconsin or Penn State.

Three takeaways from Ohio State quarterback commit Tavien St. Clair Elite 11 Performance

Five-star Bellefontaine (Ohio) quarterback and Ohio State commit Tavien St. Clair punched his ticket to the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles this summer with an impressive Elite 11 Regional performance in Upper Arlington, Ohio, Sunday.

St. Clair, the On3 Industry Ranking’s No. 4 quarterback in the 2025 class, overcame a windy and overcast day in his home state.

Lettermen Row was on site and stitched together a notebook of takeaways.

Check it out here.

Buckeyes center Felix Okpara enters transfer portal

Three weeks after Ohio State starting center Felix Okpara announced he was returning for the 2024-25 season, the 6-foot-11, 235-pound big man from Lagos, Nigeria, entered the transfer portal.

After starting 11 games during his freshman year, including nine straight to end the season, he started every non-Senior Day game as a sophomore.

Okpara averaged 6.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and second-most blocks per game (2.4) of any Big Ten player in 2023-24.

His surprise portal announcement comes a week after the Buckeyes added former five-star prospect and Kentucky center Aaron Bradshaw from the portal.

For more details, go here.

Counting Down

Buckeyes vs. Akron: 133 days
Buckeyes vs. Michigan: 224 days

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