The Ohio State University Men’s Rugby Team followed up early April’s win of the Kevin J. Hogan Memorial 7’s with capturing the crown of the 51st D.C. Cherry Blossom Tournament which is sponsored by the Washington Football Rugby Club this past Sunday on the 9th of April.
The tournament which ran for two days (Saturday the 8th & Sunday the 9th) provided a gladiator style punch-in-the-face old rugby countdown. Play until you lose, win and move-on.
The Buckeyes did precisely that too.
The Buckeyes were placed in Group B which included the Pitt Rugby Football Club, York College Rugby Club, and the College of New Jersey Men’s Rugby Club.
They opened early on Saturday the 8th at 8:50 a.m. on Rosecraft Field against the Pitt Rugby Football Club, beating them handily 42-0. Next – no break for the boys! – rolled on at 10:30 a.m. against York College – having a bit of a struggle, but prevailing 17-12 before closing out the day against the College of New Jersey Men’s Rugby Club, delivering them a 55-7 blow.
Going into Sunday the 9th they would meet up with the Shamrock R.F.C. at the crisp hour of 8:00 a.m. overwhelming the Slippery Rock College’s squad 34-0. They’d move onto the University of Maryland, handing them a 19-3 loss. …
The Buckeyes moved into the final later in the day, worn undoubtedly, but smelling success of their trip. In the Championship, the Buckeyes met up with the small Catholic School out of Front Royal, Virginia, Christendom College – who, hats-off to them, surprised a lot of fantastic programs on their march to the final.
The usual names for the Buckeyes rang out, Eramo, Forrestal, Grose, Heister, Stauder, and Walsh. The tries came and came and came. They would overwhelm the surprise team of the tournament, and unquestionably the tournament crowd’s favorite, 34-5.
The Buckeyes have had a tremendous Spring, following Sunday are now 22-1 with three championships under their belts. They are also ranked 21st in the nation and once again have proven that Buckeye Strong even comes out of a ruck.
Be proud lads. D.C. needed some relief from all the unnecessary stress that has squatted over it since January 21st. And, as a Buckeye, I am proud that fellow Buckeyes provided that needed relief.