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