COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will open its home season against No. 1 Illinois a 1 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. After just one meet this season, the team currently holds an overall record of 3-2 and 2-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes and the Illini previously met at the Windy City Invite on Jan. 16. The Illini won the meet with a 353.75 while Ohio State placed third with a 347.15.
Fans can track the progress of the Buckeyes via live streaming scoring on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links for the live events can be accessed on the men’s gymnastics schedule page and is free of charge.
With a strong start to their season, Illinois won the Windy City Invitational, defeating five teams including Big Ten opponents Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. The team captured first place on five out of six events.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
After the first week of the season, the Buckeyes are holding strong at No. 5. The team is No.1 in the nation on rings, while placing fourth on parallel bars and third on high bar. The Ohio State also ranks fifth on pommel horse and seventh on floor exercise.
The Scarlet and Gray also have seen a strong showing in the individual rankings from a plethora of Buckeyes. Junior Brandon Wynn leads the nation on rings while senior Shachar Tal and sophomore Philip Onorato are tied for ninth. Wynn also is tied for ninth on parallel bars and on high bar and second in all-around. Senior Tai Lee is tied for seventh on high bar and tied for ninth in the all-around.
Senior Justin Myers and junior Brandon Wynn will lead Ohio State this year as co-captains. Both in their first year under the leadership role, Myers and Wynn represent the wide range of personalities on the team and look forward to leading the Buckeyes.
OLYMPIANS IN THE HOUSE
The Buckeyes and Illini are led by two world class coaching staffs. Miles Avery, 13th-year Ohio State head coach, has served as the U.S. Olympic assistant coach the last four Olympic Games while first-year assistant coach Blaine Wilson competed for the U.S. at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Games, earning a silver team medal in Athens.
On the other side, Justin Spring, first-year Illinois head coach, was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team that took home bronze in Beijing while Ivan Ivankov, Illini assistant coach, competed for Belarus at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
The Buckeyes travel to Las Vegas Feb. 4-6 for the Winter Cup Challenge, a USA Gymnastics event.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Buckeyes will be hosting the Big Ten Championships on April 2-3 at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.
Tickets for the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships are currently on sale. All seating in St. John Arena will be general admission with single-session tickets starting at $8 for adults, $5 for students and youth and $4 for groups of 10 or more. All-session tickets also can be purchased for $14. Group tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact Mike Johnson in the group sales office at 614-247-1984.
Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click on “For the Fans” along the top bar for links), by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office.