OSU Announces 2005 Hall of Fame Class
Jamie Macoun
Jamie Macoun

Posted Jul 15, 2005


Twelve athletes will make up this year's list of new inductions into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. Among those were ex-Buckeye football players Kurt Schumacher and Bob Momsen, and Momsen took some time out to chat with us on Thursday about his career. Click the link for the interview and the profiles of this year's inductees.

Twelve members will be inducted into the 2005 class of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The class will be officially inducted by the Ohio State Varsity “O” Association in two separate ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 16. They will also be introduced to the public at halftime of the San Diego State-Ohio State football game on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Ohio Stadium.

A total of 64 women have been inducted since 1993 and 217 men have been honored
since 1977.

Of the 12 new members, two are former Buckeye football players: Left tackle Kurt Schumacher (1971-74) and two-way lineman Bob Momsen (1949-50).

Schumacher was unable to attend the announcement on Thursday, but we did track down Momsen who had some interesting takes as he looked back on his football career.

“First of all, I feel very blessed and lucky to get in,” Momsen said. “There’s been a lot of great athletes that have played here and I feel fortunate to get this honor.”

Momsen played for head coach Wes Fesler at Ohio State and was named All-American in ’50.

In 1949, the Buckeyes went 7-2-1. In 1950, they went 6-3, including the 9-3 loss to Michigan in the Snow Bowl.

The ’50 season served as Fesler’s final season at OSU. Someone named Woody Hayes would take over the following season.

Also in ’50, the multi-faceted Vic Janowicz won the Heisman Trophy.

“I played with a lot of good football players,” Momsen said. “There was an offensive center named Bob McCullough that became an All-American the same year I did. Five years before us, there wasn’t any All-Americans. I think with Janowicz winning the Heisman award as a junior and us playing with him made quite a difference.”

Momsen enjoyed playing for Fesler.

“Fesler was a great coach and we won a lot of games,” he said. “We were ranked second in the country a couple of times and we were ranked first in defense for at least four games of 1950. In fact, in the first four games, teams only averaged five yards on the ground against us. So, we were a pretty good defense.”

Momsen was selected in the seventh round by the Detroit Lions in the 1951 NFL draft.

“I played three years in the NFL,” he said. “One with Detroit and two with the San Francisco 49ers.”

The 6-2 Momsen was considered a huge player in his day.

“I was the same weight I am now: I played at 237 pounds in the pros,” he said. “But when I played at Ohio State, I weighed about 220. And that was pretty big, believe it or not. Now, I couldn’t even be a linebacker, probably.”

And make no mistake about it: Momsen was a tough guy. He enjoyed inflicting pain.

“I guess they said that I was one of the guys that… I really competed,” he said. “I loved football; I loved to play it. I’ve always said the best tackle of the game was when we went down on a kick or punt and someone else had the guy by the ankle, hanging, and I got to hit him. I would just crack ‘em and knock ‘em out.

“And I don’t think I could play in the pros anymore. Because when we would hit the quarterback, we’d throw this arm over the right shoulder, this arm under the left and hit him in the face with our head. You know, that is what we tried to do, because they were the passers and things. It would just be tough to play and not be able to hit a quarterback, I would think.

“One of the great compliments I ever got was when I was playing in the pros and Chuck Bednarik told me that I had the strongest upper body of anyone he had played against. And of course he went on to become the iron man of the NFL.”

Following his professional career, Momsen returned to his hometown of Toledo and decided to become a head football coach.

“I coached at Libbey, Waite and Macomber high schools, all three,” he said. “I coached at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. And guess who introduced me as a head coach? Red Grange. That was really something.

“The registrar there had a big cottage on Spider Lake and was wealthy. And he would invite Red Grange and his group up to hunt. Well, they wouldn’t really hunt, they would play poker and drink. But the Indians would get them a deer so they could take it back to Chicago with them.”

Here is the entire list and biographies of the 2005 Hall of Fame class, beginning with the men:

Richard Castillo - Soccer (1980-83)
Ohio State's career leader in goals scored with 49 from 1980-83 ...
career leader in points with 108 (49 g, 10 a) ... goals-scored totals of
20 in 1982 and 14 in 1983 are the Top 2 single-season totals in program
history ... three-time season goal- and points-scoring leader (1981-83)
... holds the two highest single-season points totals with 42 (20 g, 2
a) in 1982 and 31 (14 g., 3 a.) in 1983 ... against Wittenberg Sept. 5,
1983, scored a school single-match record five goals ... set school
single-game record for points (10) and shots (14) in the same match ...
four-year letterwinner ... first men's soccer player to be inducted into
OSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Artie Wolfe - Swimming (1960-63)
1962 NCAA Champion in 200-yard butterfly ... member of 1962 NCAA Champion Buckeye squad ... member of NCAA Champion 400-yard medley relay team in 1961 and 1962...three-year letterwinner (1960-62)

Patrick Jeffrey - Diving (1984-86, 1988)
At the 1988 NCAA Championships, became only diver in NCAA history to win three events in the same year: the 1-meter, 3-meter and 10-meter platform events ... 1988 NCAA Diver of the Year ... at 1988 Big Ten Diving Championship, won 1m dive, 3m dive and 10-meter platform dive ... three-time All-American (1985-86, 88) ... 1988 Big Ten Diver of the Year ... 1988 and 1996 Olympian ... four-year OSU letterwinner ... coached the U.S. Olympic Diving team at 2000 Olympics in Sydney ... three-time U.S. National Diving Champion in the 10-meter competition and two-time winner in the 3 meter event ... currently coaches divers at Florida State University.

Steve Groves - Golf (1970-73)
First-Team All-American in 1972 and 1973 ... honorable mention All-American in 1971 ... three-time All-Big Ten (1971-73) ... shot tournament-low score of 218 to earn medalist honors at 1972 Kepler Intercollegiate, an event won by the host Buckeyes ... three-year
letterwinner ... works as PGA Head Professional at Champions Golf Course in Columbus. Kurt Schumacher - Football (1971-74) Two-year starter at left tackle on teams that posted 14-1-1 record in conference play while winning two Big Ten championships and playing in two Rose Bowls ... First-Team All-America left tackle in 1974 ... two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection (1973-74) as an offensive lineman ... a first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in the 1975 NFL Draft.

Kurt Schumacher - Football (1971-74)
Two-year starter at left tackle on teams that posted 14-1-1 record in conference play while winning two Big Ten championships and playing in two Rose Bowls ... First-Team All-America left tackle in 1974 ... two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection (1973-74) as an offensive lineman ... a first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in the 1975 NFL Draft.

Bob Momsen - Football (1950)
First-Team All-American as a tackle in 1950 ... recovered a fumble to set up first score of the famous 1950 "Snow Bowl" between Ohio State and Michigan ... scored a safety against Pittsburgh ... recovered a fumble to set up Ohio State's 10th touchdown of the game in 83-21 drubbing of Iowa ... letterwinner in 1950 ... drafted in the seventh round of the 1951 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

Jamie Macoun - Hockey (1981-83)
Three-year letterwinner (1981-83) ... played in 83 career games as a defenseman ... scored 17 goals and tallied 58 assists ... played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings ... member of two Stanley Cup-winning squads, with Calgary in 1988-89 and Detroit for the 1997-98 campaign.

Women:

Gabriele Jobst - Volleyball (1991-94)
Two-time All-American (1993-94) ... three-time first-team All-Big Ten (1992-94) ... member of two NCAA national semifinal teams (1991, 1994) ... played on pair of Big Ten championship teams ... three-time Big Ten Player of the Week ... GTE Academic All-American in 1994 ... four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten ... played professionally in Europe for six years.

Audrey DiPronio - Volleyball (1988-90)
All-American in 1990 ... two-time All-Big Ten (1989-90) ... team captain in 1990 ... three-year starter as setter, 1988-90 ... member of Ohio State's first Big Ten championship team in 1989 ... assistant coach 1994-97, including for the 1994 team that won the Big Ten and advanced to the NCAA national semifinals ... member of Canadian National Team,
1992-93.

Peggy Palumbo - Field Hockey, Basketball
Captained unbeaten women's basketball team in 1960-61 ... First-Team All-Lake Erie field hockey as a left wing ... president of Ohio State Physical Education Association, 1960-61 ... after leaving Ohio State, spent 20 years coaching girls high school sports in Cleveland area (basketball: 1970-90; volleyball: 1974-76; track and field: 1971-77; softball: 1978-1982).

Laura Profumo - Diving (1988-90)
Three-time All-American (1988-90) ... two-time All-Big Ten (1989-90) ... Big Ten champion in 3-meter and 10-meter platform dive in 1989 and 1990 ... member of U.S. National Diving Team - 1990-91 ... chosen by fellow divers as Phillips 66 Performance Award winner at 1990 U.S. Indoor National Championships ... two-time Academic All-Big Ten (1989-90) ... four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (1988-92).

Stacia Goff- Swimming (1989-92)
Three-time Big Ten champion in 1991 (100-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle relay and 800-meter freestyle relay) ... member of 1991 400-meter freestyle relay conference champion that still holds school record for fastest time ... 1990 All-Big Ten ... two-time All-American ... two-time Academic All-American ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner ... graduated Summa Cum Laude with 3.88 GPA.



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