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Ohio State claimed the final spot in the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship, winning the Big Ten 7s Saturday in Columbus, Ind. The Buckeyes went 5-0 on the day, beating Iowa 29-12 in the final.
The Hawkeyes actually led Ohio State 12-10 at halftime of the championship game, but as they did most of the day, the Buckeyes proved to be the better team in the second half. The game was a rematch of a 24-19 pool win for Ohio State.
Iowa had to go through Indiana, which dominated its pool, to reach the final. Ohio State beat Purdue 19-7 in its quarterfinal and Wisconsin 24-7 in the semifinals.
Leading the Buckeyes was a pair of 15s loose forwards - Santino Cua and Danny Noland. Both are tough to bring down and big in the set piece. They combined for 11 tries prior to the final.
Ohio State finished eighth of nine teams in the Big Ten's only warmup tournament, but showed few signs of weakness en route to clinching the program's third CRC appearance. The Buckeyes finished 7th in the inaugural event in 2010 and 14th in 2011.