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Junior Brandon Wynn, sophomore Philip Onorato lead squad through two meets

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With just two meets completed, the No. 6 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is already hitting career marks. This should prove to be good preparation for the individual Buckeyes who will step out of collegiate action this week to compete at USA Gymnastics’ Winter Cup Challenge Thursday and Saturday in Las Vegas.

Leading the way for Ohio State are junior captain and 2009-10 U.S. Senior National Team member Brandon Wynn and sophomore Philip Onorato. With Wynn and Onorato’s high scoring on vault, the Buckeyes have already eclipsed it season-high event total from 2009. Against Illinois last Saturday, Ohio State posted a 63.75 surpassing the team’s highest tally from 2009, a 63.35 scored against UIC Feb. 21, 2009. Against the Illini, the Buckeyes sweep first through fourth on vault en route to the season-high mark.

Here is more interesting information on Ohio State’s chart topping gymnasts.

BRANDON WYNN-ER
After a standout sophomore season, Brandon Wynn has picked up where he left off last April. At the 2009 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., Wynn earned his first All-America honor, placing eighth in the all-around with a score of 87.45. The Voorhees, N.J., native earned a Big Ten medal as well last season, finishing third on rings at the conference event finals.

Now as a junior captain, Wynn has notched back-to-back meet highs on rings, tying his career high and the OSU program record with a score of 16.1 at the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 16) and notching a 15.85 vs. Illinois (Jan. 30). With a 15.975 average, Wynn is the top-ranked gymnast in the NCAA this season.

Wynn first hit a 16.1 on rings last year vs. Michigan (March 21), setting the Ohio State program high and the best tally in the NCAA in 2009.

Also finding success on vault, Wynn holds the second-best average in the Big Ten and fifth-best in the NCAA with a 15.825 mean. Last time out, he notched a career-high 16.0 vs. the Illini for second place.

PHILIP ON-A-ROLL-O
Philip Onorato, the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is back at it again this season, posting high marks for the Buckeyes on both rings and vault. Last year at the Big Ten championships, Onorato earned runner-up finishes on both rings and vault with scores of 15.375 and 16.0, respectively, to cap his First Team All-Big Ten campaign.

In the first two meets of 2010, he has scored Top 5 marks on vault, including a career-high 16.05 for the meet high against Illinois (Jan. 30). At the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 16), Onorato notched a 15.55 to finish fourth at the six-team invite. He currently holds a 15.8 average on vault to rank third in the Big Ten and sixth in the NCAA.

On rings, the Plano, Texas, native opened the year with a 15.1 which is good to rank him second in the league and third in the NCAA.

ALSO COMPETITING AT WINTER CUP
Wynn and Onorato will be joined by of senior Tai Lee, junior Sean Regan and sophomores Ty Echard and Steven Spencer. In addition, senior Shachar Tal will be competing as a special entry for Israel and former Buckeye Jake Bateman (2006-09) continues his gymnastics career as a member of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

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