COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first home meet of the 2011 regular season, the eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted a season-high 348.250 in dual competition against Brockport (224.300) Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes posted the best event total of the season on floor exercise (58.450), vault (62.300) and parallel bars (56.700) and claimed wins on each apparatus vs. the Golden Eagles.
“We are definitely on the right track,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “We were struggling in the first two meets and had to count some mistakes. There are always things you can improve. The funny thing about gymnastics is you are always striving for perfection and it’s almost unheard of. We have a team that can score close to 360.000-370.000. I liked the fight from beginning to end and that’s what we’ve been talking to these guys about. Today they went all the way through and the fight was there.”
“I thought today we showed a lot of heart and a lot of energy,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “The guys really stepped up. The one thing we’ve been looking for out of the guys is to bring out more energy and more emotion into the competition and to focus on their own routines. We still have to hit some more routines. From top to bottom, we still have to get more consistency. Those are things we need to work on, but we’re getting a little bit better and we’re getting to where we want to be.”
Starting on floor, the Scarlet and Gray claimed the event scoring a 58.450, which was a new event season high, while Brockport tallied a 51.950. Ohio State swept the top six places led by freshman Jeff Treleaven, who posted a season-high 14.950. Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn came in second with a 14.800. Rounding out the team score was sophomore Blaize Monks with a season-high 14.600.
Moving onto the pommel horse, Ohio State topped Brockport 56.250-31.000. Junior Ty Echard, a 2009 All-American, won the event with a season-high 15.550. John Laing was second with a 14.300. Finishing out the Top four for the Buckeyes were freshman Brandän Jones and redshirt freshman Michael Newburger, scoring a 13.250 and a 13.150, respectively. Senior CJ Weir made his Buckeye debut with an 11.650.
Taking their third event of the meet, the Scarlet and Gray notched a 57.550 on rings, while Brockport rang in a 48.750. Wynn, the 2010 NCAA champion on the event, led the team with a solid 15.700. Senior Sean Regan posted a season-high 14.500 for second place. Freshman Matthew Barr also claimed a season-high score of 13.650. Rounding out the team score was Behles, who had a 13.700.
The Top four Buckeyes on vault all tallied season best scores. Treleaven led the way with an impressive 16.100, while Behles came in second with a 15.500. Completing the team score for the squad were Done and Uptmor with a pair of 15.350s. Ohio State finished with a 62.300 overall on the event.
On parallel bars, Wynn claimed his second event win of the afternoon with a season-high 15.200. Behles placed second overall with a career-high 14.200 followed by Treleaven who tallied a season-best 13.650 on the event. The Buckeyes won their fifth-consecutive event with a 56.700-49.200 advantage.
In the final event, Monks got the crowd on its feet after performing his best high bar routine of his Buckeye career. The native of Noblesville, Ind., Monks got huge air on his dismount and stuck his landing for a team-high 14.700. Wynn also had a solid performance on high bar with a 14.650, while Regan notched a 13.850 score.
The Buckeyes will have next week off to prepare for a Big Ten matchup at Penn State at 1 p.m. Feb. 26. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network on tape delay at noon March 12.