By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
Top Moment #2: Wyatt Pertuset Becomes First Openly Gay College Football Player to Score a Touchdown
Some moments on the field feel like much more than a big catch or six points and this was exactly the case on Sept. 1 in Capital Football's opening game of the 2018 season.
In the final minute of the first quarter against the Lions, the Crusaders were trailing until quarterback Thomas Wibbeler found junior wide receiver Wyatt Pertuset all alone in the end zone to give Capital a 14-12 lead. The touchdown grab was not only the first of Pertuset's career but was historic because it represented the first time that an openly gay college football player at any level scored a touchdown. At the time, Pertuset was one of only seven openly gay college football players.
Pertuset's touchdown quickly caught the attention of campus and national media members and was featured on ESPN's Outside the Lines program.
After the historic grab, Pertuset kept his momentum going and turned in a career year. The Richwood, Ohio native finished the season with 337 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns, two of which came in the thrilling 23-19 win over Otterbein University that we deemed Top Moment #3 of 2018-19.
Honorable Mention: Fans Pack The Capital Center for Team Scarlett & Gray at TBT
Over the past five years, The Basketball Tournament (TBT) has become one of the premier summer basketball tournaments in the world as a winner-take-all, open-application contest with a $2 million prize on the line and last summer the TBT brought the excitement to The Capital Center. Over the course of three days and 14 games, thousands of fans trickled in and out of The Capital Center but no team garnered as much interest as Scarlett & Gray (now known as Carmen's Crew), a team made up primarily of Ohio State University alums. A capacity crowd packed The Capital Center Performance Arena hours prior to Scarlett & Gray's games and hundreds of standing-room only fans lined the concourses and upper levels of The Capital Center to get a glimpse of the team that advanced the the tournament quarterfinals.
dir="ltr" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">What's it like to attend a @CarmensCrew game in Columbus?— TBT (@thetournament) July 10, 2019
For @OhioStateHoops �� fans, it's the BIGGEST party of the summer.
��️ Tickets ��️: https://t.co/Y8ladGXM3k pic.twitter.com/0WjH4EkLMN
The team will return to The Capital Center this summer re-branded as Carmen's Crew as the host of the Columbus Regional.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #8 – Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union -- link
Moment #7 – Logan Holbrook Sets 18- and 36-Hole Records en Route to Tournament Win -- link
Moment #6 – Men's Basketball Survives Overtime Contest for First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2012 -- link
Moment #5 - Women's Hoops Hits Three Buzzer-Beaters in a Single Game to Pull Off Win Over First-Place John Carroll -- link
Moment #4 - Hayslett's Remarkable Day On and Off the Diamond Defines #D3Life -- link
Moment #3 – Capital Football Makes Final Stand to Seal Win over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #2 – Wyatt Pertuset Becomes First Openly Gay College Football Player to Score a Touchdown -- link
Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17