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2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena
April 14-16
Schedule

Thursday, April 14
1:00 p.m. – NCAA Qualifier (Session 1)
7:00 p.m. – NCAA Qualifier (Session 2)

Friday, April 15
7:00 p.m. – NCAA Team an All-Around Competition (Session 3) – ESPN2 (tape delay)

Saturday, April 16
5:30 p.m. – NCAA Individual Event Finals (Session 4)

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 7 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will begin its run at the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships competing in the second of two national qualifying sessions at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John Arena in Columbus.

The Top 3 teams from each qualifying round advance to the team championships at 7 p.m. Friday before the top competitors on each event duke it out for individual NCAA titles at 7 p.m. Saturday.

THE LOGISTICS
The national qualifier is comprised of 12 teams with the field split into two qualifying sessions held Thursday. Ohio State, as the seventh seed, will start the competition on rings at 7 p.m. and will be joined by No.2 Stanford (parallel bars), No.3 California (vault), No. 6 Michigan (bye), No.10 Nebraska (high bar), No.11 Iowa (floor exercise) and the individual and all-around competitors (pommel horse).

Session one starts at 1 p.m. with No.  1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Penn State, No. 8 Minnesota,  No.9 Air Force and No. 12 UIC in the rotations.

Session two starts at 7 p.m. with No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 California, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Iowa in the grouping.

BUCKEYES SET TO HOST THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tickets for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics championships, hosted by the Ohio State University April 14-16 in St. John Arena, are currently on sale.

All seating in St. John Arena will be general admission with single-session tickets starting at $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and $5 for groups of 10 or more. All-session tickets also can be purchased for $28 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Group tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 614-292-3862 or by emailing ohiostatets1@buckeyes.ath.ohio-state.edu. Fans also can visit the official NCAA men’s gymnastics championships web page link to order tickets online through Ticketmaster (link is available on bottom left of page).

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Ohio State gymnasts have earned 25 NCAA individual championships. Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn is the reigning 2010 national champion on rings. Former Buckeye and current interim co-head coach leads the OSU record books with six national championships. Blaine Wilson

ALL-AMERICA NODS
Since Don Perry first earned All-America status on the trampoline in 1954; Ohio State has had 46 gymnasts collect the honor. In Ohio State history, former Buckeyes Mike Racanelli (1987-90) and Blaine Wilson (1994-97) tallied 10 individual honors each in only three seasons. Current buckeye senior co-captain Brandon Wynn is the latest to earn All-America status claiming the title on rings in 2010.

OHIO STATE AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Buckeyes last won the national title in 2001 in their home venue of St. John Arena in Columbus. Three members of the 2001 squad notched individual event championship titles as well. Jamie Natalie won the all-around, Daren Lynch won on vault and Raj Bhavsar, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, won on parallel bars.

Ohio State won its second national crown at the 1996 NCAA Championship. Former Buckeye Blaine Wilson captured the all-around, rings and parallel bars titles. Teammate Drew Durbin earned a national championship on pommel horse.

In 1985, Ohio State earned the program’s first national championship. Twin brothers Noah and Seth Riskin were named co-champions on parallel bars at the event finals.

RECAP I: 2010 NATIOINAL QUALIFIER
The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team qualified for its second-consecutive NCAA championships scoring a 346.800 team total in Christi Arena on the campus of the Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Just as it was the previous year, it came down to the final event – this time pitting Ohio State vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes just edged the Nittany Lions for the third and final qualifying position, 346.800-345.550, with an event total of 54.850 on pommel horse.

With a 347.350 team total, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team finished sixth at the 2010 NCAA Team Championships in West Point, N.Y.

RECAP II: 2010 NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Highlighted by Brandon Wynn’s national championship on rings, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team had a tremendous night at the 2010 NCAA Individual Championships as Phil Onorato also earned all-America honors with Wynn.

Wynn accomplished a feat that just one other gymnast in Ohio State history had done so before – be named a national champion on rings. He won his first career NCAA title on rings with a 15.9, .750 points better than the rest of the pack, joining current Buckeye interim co-head coach and former U.S. Olympian Blaine Wilson as the only two gymnasts to do so. Onorato earned his first career All-American honor, scoring a 15.95 on vault to tie for fourth place.

ROCKING OUT THE BIG TENS
Ohio State posted an impressive performance at the Big Ten Championships April 1-2 in Champaign, Ill., as the team finished in third place with 350.000 points. Freshman Kris Done highlighted the Friday night competition as he finished second in the all-around tallying a season-high 86.600 to earn his first career Big Ten medal.

For the second-consecutive season, Brandon Wynn continued to show his dominance on the rings event as the senior co-captain earned his second career Big Ten title, recording a meet-high 16.100.

Joining Wynn on the podium was junior Mike Behles, who claimed his first-career Big Ten title on vault, sharing the crown with Zach Chase of Minnesota with a 16.250.

In all, five Buckeyes earned medals at the league event finals to be named to the 2011 All-Big Ten teams. For Ohio State, Wynn earned his third-career first team All-Big Ten honor, while Behles was named a first team honoree for the first time in his career. Also claiming first team laurels was Done. Ty Echard and Jeff Treleaven were named to the second team All-Big Ten list, while Done was the Buckeyes’ Sportsmanship honoree.

Done, represented the Scarlet and Gray on vault, parallel bars and high bar. Highlighting his evening competition was on high bar where the Buckeye rookie claimed his second Big Ten medal of the championships with a second-place mark of 14.800.

Lancaster, Ohio, native, Echard received the second Big Ten medal of his career, taking second on pommel horse for the second-consecutive season. The Buckeye junior claimed a 15.450 mark Saturday night. Treleaven also had a night to remember as he claimed his first career Big Ten medal, taking second on floor exercise with a 14.950 score. The Buckeye rookie then claimed his second Big Ten medal of the evening, tying for third on vault with a 16.200 score.

In all, the Buckeyes had seven individuals qualify with Top 10 marks at the team competition Friday night. Gaining valuable championship experience were sophomores John Laing and Blaize Monks. Laing claimed a 13.750 on pommel horse for eighth place, while Monks claimed a 13.050 to finish eighth overall.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn leads the rankings for the Buckeyes earning the top spot on rings with a 15.900 four score average. Senior Sean Regan and junior Mike Behles are also ranked on rings both tied for 20th with a 14.617 average.

Junior Ty Echard holds the next highest spot for the Scarlet and Gray ranking third on pommel horse (15.133). Junior John Laing is just ten spots behind at No. 13 with a 14.292.

Three Buckeyes rank on vault and are led by freshman Jeff Treleaven who is ranked fifth with a 16.067. Behles is ranked 14th (15.80) and freshman Kris Done is 20th in the country (15.642).

Done leads the team on both parallel bars and high bar ranking third in the nation on high bar and 28th on parallel bars. Junior Blaize Monks is also in the rankings on high bar at 29th with a 14.100 average.

On floor, Treleaven is No. 11 with a 14.792 average, while Regan is tied for 44th with a 14.025.