Ohio State: Question players can’t escape at NFL combine; Buckeyes wrestling wins second straight Big Ten title
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Ohio State players can’t escape Iowa questions at NFL combine
Ohio State’s head-scratching loss to Iowa last season has followed some Buckeyes to the NFL combine. Meeting with NFL teams this week, former Ohio State players have not been able to escape questions about the Buckeyes’ 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. The loss was one of the most surprising games of the 2017 season and ultimately kept Ohio State out of the College Football Playoff. But even four months later, players still don’t have answers.
“Every NFL team asks me about the Iowa game,” former Ohio State defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes said Saturday. “‘What happened?’ … I just look at them and I don’t know what happened. I’m still trying to find those answers out.”
Holmes, J.T. Barrett, Denzel Ward and Sam Hubbard were a few of the Buckeyes who participated in the combine.
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Ohio State wrestling wins second straight Big Ten title
Ohio State wrestling is the Big Ten champion for the second straight season. The Buckeyes clinched the title Sunday night as four Ohio State wrestlers — Nathan Tomasello, Joey McKenna, Kollin Moore and Kyle Snyder — won championships in their respective weight classes. Ohio State is sending 10 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland on March 15-17.
Load up the 🚌 to full capacity, all 🔟 Buckeyes have punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland!
— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) March 4, 2018
Ohio State women’s basketball wins Big Ten Tournament
After winning the regular-season conference title, the Ohio State women’s basketball team added the 2018 Big Ten Tournament title with a 79-69 win over Maryland on Sunday night. The Buckeyes beat Rutgers, Minnesota and Maryland to cut down the nets in Indianapolis. Kelsey Mitchell led the way with a game-high 25 points. Here’s a full box score.
— OSU W Basketball (@OhioState_WBB) March 5, 2018
Men’s basketball bounced in first round of Big Ten Tournament
Things did not go quite as well for the Ohio State men’s basketball team in the Big Ten Tournament. Chris Holtmann’s squad was tripped up by Penn State for the third time this season. The Nittany Lions were 69-68 winners on Friday night thanks to a dunk with 3 seconds left. Ohio State (24-8) will have to wait until Sunday to learn its NCAA Tournament fate.
Denzel Ward says he would have played in College Football Playoff
Cornerback Denzel Ward fielded questions at the NFL combine about his decision to sit out the Cotton Bowl. Ward said it was a difficult decision to stay on the sideline, but noted he would have played had the Buckeyes made it to the College Football Playoff.
“There were many conversations with the coaches on what I was going to do or whatever,” Ward said. “But at the end of the day, it was my overall decision to sit out the Cotton Bowl. It was really to not risk injury.”
Ward could very well be a top-10 pick in the April NFL draft.
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