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Seven career highs recorded at meet

COLUMBUS, Ohio The sixth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team set two team season highs and seven personal highs on its way to a 2009-best team total of 353.15 Saturday night in Norman, Okla. No. 2 Oklahoma tallied a 357.45 to win the dual and remain perfect on the season, improving to 11-0.

Senior Jake Bateman recorded a season-best 88.1 for third in the all-around while sophomore Brandon Wynn notched a career-high 87.65 to take fourth. OU’s Chris Brooks won with a tally of 88.7.

“The guys did a great job as a team tonight,” Miles Avery, Ohio State men’s gymnastics head coach, said. “They really came together and put forth our best team effort of the year and we were happy to do it against a tough competitor like Oklahoma.”

The high scoring night started earlier for Ohio State as the team recorded a season-high 59.7 on floor with Bateman a senior co-captain, posting a career-best 15.3. Also registering personal bests for Ohio State were Wynn with a 14.9 and freshman Philip Onorato with a 14.8. Oklahoma took the rotation with a 61.8.

For the second-consecutive meet, redshirt freshman Steven Spencer led the Buckeyes on pommel horse, scoring a career and meet-high 15.4 and helping the squad to a season-high 56.5 event total. The 56.5 bested the Sooners’ 55.85, giving Ohio State the event win. Rookie Ty Echard added a 13.95 for third and senior Andy Saurber had a 13.9 to tie for fourth.

Ohio State showed off on rings, sweeping the Top 3 positions on the event. The squad, who ranks second in the GymInfo national standings on the event, won rings, 60.85-59.7. Wynn and Bateman continued their all-around campaigns, each recording their second-career high of the evening with a 15.5 and 15.4, respectively. With Wynn and Bateman in first and second place, the Buckeyes solidified the 1-2-3 sweep of the event with Onorato of Plano, Texas posting a 15.15 for third.

The Buckeyes had a solid night on vault, tallying a 61.6. Ohio State received high marks from Bateman, who registered a team-best and fourth-place 15.85 to tie his personal high, while Wynn scored a 15.65 and junior Justin Myers had a 15.15. The trio has vaulted consistently for the Buckeyes in all of 2009, guiding Ohio State to its third-rated 62.75 event average in the national poll. Oklahoma, the first-rated squad in the country on vault, won the event with a 63.15.

On parallel bars, the squad noted its second event season high with a 57.95. Junior Shachar Tal led the Buckeyes for the second-consecutive week, scoring a season-best 14.75 to tie for second. Bateman and Lee followed with a 14.55 and 14.45, respectively.

Wynn continued to show the benefits of having last weekend vs. California off, scoring season-bests on both parallel bars and high bar. After setting career-highs on floor and rings, the sophomore from Voorhees, N.J., hit a 2009-best 14.1 on parallel bars and a 14.3 on high bar. With a pair of 14.15s, Bateman and junior co-captain Tai Lee added to the Buckeyes’ event total of 56.55, its second-highest total of the year on the apparatus. Lee’s 14.15 tied the student-athlete’s season-best.

Ohio State concludes its 2009 regular season hosting Michigan at 7 p.m. Saturday. Ohio State seniors Jake Bateman, Kevin Brown, Pejman Ebrahimi, Eddie Hay and Andy Saurber will be recognized prior to the start of the conference dual that will be televised on tape delay on the Big Ten Network.