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All-American records nation’s top score on rings

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brandon Wynn, a junior captain on the No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, earned his first career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor Monday after notching a program-best 16.3 on rings vs. No. 2 Oklahoma last Saturday in St. John Arena.

The All-American spearheaded the Buckeyes 1-2-3 finish on the event vs. the Sooners as the team recorded a season-high event score of 61.05 en route to a season-best 354.900 team total. He also finished third on high bar with a 14.7 and was fifth on vault with a score of 15.75.

His 16.3 is the highest score recorded by a gymnast at the collegiate level in the last two seasons. In fact, Wynn is the only NCAA gymnast to score a 16.0 or higher on the event and has done so four times this season. The second-highest mark hit in college gymnastics in 2010 is a 15.7 from Tim Gentry at Stanford.  

Ranked first in the nation, the native of Voorhees, N.J., has won rings at each of the five Buckeye meets in which he has competed in this season. He opened the year tying his previous career high and the former OSU program record with a score of 16.1 at the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 16). Wynn first hit a 16.1 on rings last year vs. Michigan (March 21, 2009).

Wynn made his second-consecutive U.S. Senior National team in February after capturing the national title on rings at USA Gymnastics’ Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas.