While Jim Tressel turned the most heads Friday night at the induction ceremony for the Ohio State Athletics Varsity "O" Hall of Fame, he's not the only legendary Buckeye to be chosen in 2015.
Thirtenn other stars were honored last night from sports as varied as men's basketball and women's rowing. The names are among the most decorated in Buckeye history, and all will be recognized at halftime of today's game vs. Northern Illinois after last night's ceremony.
What follows are bios of each of the newest Hall of Famers.
Tim Anderson, Football, 1968-70: A member of the “Super Sophs,” Anderson was a three-year starter in the Ohio State defensive backfield from 1968-70. Playing alongside the likes of Jack Tatum, Ted Provost and Mike Sensibaugh, Anderson earned first-team All-America honors and second-team All-Big Ten recognition as a senior in 1970, when he totaled 49 tackles, eight pass breakups and a blocked extra point against Michigan. He recorded three career interceptions – including a key pick in the 1969 Rose Bowl victory – and also worked as a punt returner. Ohio State went 27-2 in his three seasons and won the 1968 national championship.
Justin Cook, Men’s soccer, 2000-02, 2004: Cook was a 2004 All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year, leading the Buckeyes to the program’s first Big Ten regular-season championship as a senior. A four-year letter winner, Cook concluded his career ranked second in career goals (33) and was the Buckeyes’ career shots leader (191) and tied for first in career assists (17). Cook was a four-time all-conference selection and is one of only two players in Big Ten history to be awarded both Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (2000) and Big Ten Player of the Year (2004) accolades.
Terence Dials, Men’s basketball, 2003-06: The 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year, Dials is currently No. 14 all-time in career scoring at Ohio State with 1,566 points. He ranks fourth in career field-goal percentage, making 55.8 percent of his shots (604-1,082) and rates fifth all-time with 876 career rebounds as a Buckeye. As a senior, he scored 15.3 points and added 8.0 rebounds per game for a team that won the Big Ten and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons. Dials was also a two-time captain and played in 132 games for the Buckeyes, 11th in school history.
Lara Dickenmann, Women’s soccer, 2004-07: A recent participant in the 2015 Women’s World Cup for her native Switzerland, Dickenmann is tops on Ohio State’s career assists list with 35 and third with 89 points. The team’s creative sparkplug, Dickenmann was named a second-team All-American and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004, as she posted a team-high 13 goals and added 12 assists – still a school single-season record – for a team that reached the national quarterfinals. Her 38 points that season remains second in program history, and she went on to lead the Buckeyes in assists all four of her seasons.
Natalia Diea, Diving, 2001-2003: Diea was Ohio State’s first platform diving champion, capturing the national title at the 2003 NCAA championships. A transfer from Texas, she won the 2001 Big Ten title on the platform before going on to earn All-America honors that season. In 2003, she scored 476.65 on the platform dive at the NCAA meet, becoming the first Buckeye to win an NCAA swimming or diving national title since 1988.
Annabelle Fago, Rowing, 2004-07: Fago was a four-time All-American for the rowing team from 2004-07 and enjoyed one of the most productive careers in Ohio State history, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2004 and collecting first-team All-America accolades as a senior in 2007. The German rowed on the First Varsity Eight for all four seasons, helping OSU to a team Big Ten title in 2006, the same year the 1V8 boat won the league. As a senior, Fago helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to a third-place team finish and the 1V8 to a runner-up finish at the NCAA meet, program bests at the time.
Joey Galloway, Football, 1991-94: Galloway was a four-year letter winner at wide receiver for the Buckeyes, amassing 108 receptions for 1,894 yards and 19 touchdowns, totals that would be much higher had he not missed all but two games of the 1992 season because of injury. He still ranked in the top five in school history in receptions (fourth), receiving yards (fourth) and touchdowns (second) while averaging more than 17 yards per catch. A two-time All-Big Ten honoree and a third-team All-American in 1993, Galloway capped his career with eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama in the 1995 Citrus Bowl.
Therese Hession, Women’s golf coach, 1991-present: Hession has served as head women’s golf coach at Ohio State for the past 24 seasons. She has led Ohio State to nine Big Ten championships, including back-to-back titles the past two seasons and six of the last 12 overall. The Buckeyes have also made 14 NCAA finals appearances in her career, earning six top-10 finishes including a program-best fourth-place mark in 2003. Hession has been named the National Coach of the Year twice (2014 by Golfweek and 1997 by the National Golf Coaches Association) and the Big Ten Coach of the Year on seven occasions.
J Jaggers, Wrestling, 2006-09: Jaggers is one of just four Buckeyes to have ever won multiple NCAA titles, capturing the individual crown at 141 pounds in both 2008 and ’09 for teams that each finished second in the nation. A three-time team captain and now an assistant coach with the program, Jaggers currently ranks in the top 20 in career wins (17th, 107), single-season points (16th, 132.5, 2008), career points (16th, 281.0) and fastest fall (10th, 25 seconds).
Perry Martter, Wrestling, 1921-22: Martter was one of the pioneers of the sport of wrestling at Ohio State, starring on the first varsity team in 1921. As a sophomore in 1921, he won the Big Ten title at 158 pounds and then repeated in 1922, winning the 145-pound weight class. Before an injury derailed the end of his senior season, Martter led the Buckeyes to an undefeated record and conference championship in 1923. He was also named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and finished his career with a 19-1 record (.950), the highest winning percentage until Logan Stieber broke the mark in 2015, and he competed in the 1924 Olympics.
Teresa Meyer, Pistol, 2004-08: Meyer was a seven-time national champion during her four seasons with the Buckeyes. She won three consecutive women’s air pistol titles (2006-08), two consecutive women’s two-gun aggregate championships (2007-08), the 2007 open standard title and the 2008 women’s sport title. Led by Meyer, OSU won the women’s team national title in 2005 and finished third in the open events in 2005, ’06 and ’08.
Dan Seimetz, Baseball, 1995-98: “Thunder Dan” Seimetz earned second-team All-America honors in 1997, and he still holds the Ohio State records for single-season RBI (80), doubles (25) and home runs (19) that he set that season. In addition, he garnered Freshman All-America honors after hitting .396 with 20 doubles, 10 home runs and 58 RBI in 1995. The .370 career hitter and 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year holds Ohio State career records in hits (287), doubles (71), home runs (52) and RBI (236). Ohio State won the Big Ten tournament in 1995 and ’97 and made NCAA regional berths in each of those seasons.
Paul Tilley, Men’s hockey, 1977-80: Tilley was a three-time All-CCHA performer for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, earning first-team all-league honors in 1979 and second-team accolades in 1977 and 1980. He ended his career with 212 points, the second-highest total at the time and a mark that is currently tied for fourth in program history. He is third among all Buckeyes with 131 career assists, while his 81 career goals are tied for the seventh most among all Buckeyes. Tilley led the squad in scoring twice, including 76 points in 1979, the second-highest mark at the time and a total that currently ranks seventh in school history. He was voted to the All-Buckeye Team as part of the program’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2014.