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COLUMBUS, Ohio Miles Avery, Ohio State men’s gymnastics head coach, announced the departure of freshman Alexy Bilozertchev from the squad Thursday. Bilozertchev left the team for personal reasons and will remain on scholarship while continuing his course work at the university.

“Alexy is leaving for personal reasons and we wish him well,” Avery said. “It certainly leaves a holes in our team but we’ll move on.”

Ohio State begins the 2009 season this weekend at the 39th annual Windy City Invitational at 8 p.m. EST in Chicago.