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Ohio State collects four medals as three Buckeyes are named to All-Big Ten teams

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior captain Brandon Wynn, who has led the nation on rings all season long, showed his strength and stuck his landing to earn his first career Big Ten title, recording a meet-high 15.85 Saturday night at the 2010 Big Ten Individual Championships in St. John Arena.

Wynn becomes the first Buckeye to win an individual conference championship since DJ Bucher (2005-08) and Eddie Hay (2006-09) won parallel bars and floor in 2007. The Voorhees, N.J., native has not been outscored on the event in eight meets this season. Wynn also earned his second-career medal on vault, placing third with a 16.0.

Lancaster, Ohio, native Ty Echard received the first Big Ten medal of his career, taking second on pommel horse. After finishing third at the NCAA championships as a freshman in 2009, Echard set the Ohio State program record on pommel horse vs. Michigan March 20 with a score of 15.7.

With the boing of the springs, sophomore Philip Onorato sprang and twisted his way to a career-high 16.3 on vault. The Plano, Texas, native took second on vault for the second-consecutive season to bring his career Big Ten medal count up to three after placing second on rings and vault in his conference rookie of the year season in 2009.

For the Buckeyes, Wynn earned his second-career First Team All-Big Ten honor while Echard and Onorato were named to the second team. For Echard, it was his first league award while Onorato was a first team honoree in 2009.

In all, the Buckeyes had five individuals qualify with Top 10 marks at the team competition Friday night. Sophomore Mike Behles had to pull out of the competition because of injury leaving Wynn competing on floor, rings and vault, Echard on pommel horse, Onorato on vault and senior captain Justin Myers on parallel bars. In addition, sophomore Matt Rayl was an alternate for pommel horse and senior Shachar Tal was an alternate for parallel bars.

Wynn was the second gymnast to go on floor, scoring a 14.9 to finish seventh on the event. The mark tied his third-best mark of the season.

Myers, competing in his final Big Ten championships, scored a 14.325 on parallel bars to end the night tied for sixth with Illinois’ Chad Wiest.

Ohio State has a week to rest and prepare for the 2010 NCAA Championships hosted April 15-17 by Army in West Point, N.Y.

2010 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships
April 3, 2010
St. John Arena
Major Award Winners
Gymnast of the Year
Chris Cameron, Michigan

Freshman of the Year
Yoshi Mori, Illinois
Felix Aronovich, Penn State

Coach of the Year
Justin Spring, Illinois head coach

First Team All-Big Ten
Craig Padera Jr., Illinois
Dan Ribeiro, Illinois
Paul Ruggeri, Illinois
Chris Cameron, Michigan
Thomas Kelley, Michigan
Mel Anton Santander, Michigan
Brandon Wynn, Ohio State
Aaron Fortunato, Minnesota

Second Team All‐Big Ten
Brian Liscovitz, Illinois
Ty Echard, Ohio State
Philip Onorato, Ohio State
Nick Virbitsky, Penn State

Sportsmanship Honorees
Brian Liscovitz, Illinois
Jon Buese, Iowa
Ryan McCarthy, Michigan
Adam Reichow, Minnesota
Justin Myers, Ohio State
Noam Shaham, Penn State

Final Individual Event Standings (Top 3)
Floor
1. 15.425 – Chris Cameron, Michigan
2. 15.375 – Nick Virbitsky, Penn State
3. 15.350 – Colin McGuire, Minnesota

Pommel Horse
1. 15.625 – Dan Ribeiro, Illinois
2. 15.325 – Ty Echard, Ohio State
3. 14.625 – Thomas O’Brien, Minnesota

Rings
1. 15.850 – Brandon Wynn, Ohio State
2. 15.200 – Chris Cameron, Michigan
3. 15.125 – Phillip Goldberg, Michigan

Vault
1. 16.350 – Paul Ruggeri, Illinois
2. 16.300 – Philip Onorato, Ohio State
3. 16.000 – Brandon Wynn, Ohio State

Parallel Bars
1. 14.975 – Craig Padera Jr., Illinois
2. 14.950 – Brian Liscovitz, Illinois
3. 14.850 – Mel Anton Santander, Michigan

High Bar
1. 15.550 – Paul Ruggeri, Illinois
2. 15.300 – Thomas Kelley, Michigan
3. 15.200 – Craig Padera Jr., Illinois

2010 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships
April 2, 2010
St. John Arena
Final Team Standings
1. Illinois – 359.700
2. Michigan – 358.150
3. Penn State – 347.300
4. Ohio State – 346.950
5. Minnesota – 346.500
6. Iowa – 337.800

Final All-Around Standings from Friday (Top 5)
1. Chris Cameron (Michigan) – 89.800
2. Mel Anton Santander (Michigan) – 88.450
3. Brandon Wynn (Ohio State) – 87.700
4. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) – 86.600
5. Aaron Fortunato (Minnesota) – 86.150

12. Tai Lee (Ohio State) – 78.350