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Jan. 18, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team swept the Big Ten Weekly Awards after a runner-up finish at the Windy City Invitational on Sunday. Redshirt sophomore Sean Melton was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Tristan Burke claimed B1G Freshman of the Week honors.

A redshirt sophomore from Orlando, Fla., Melton finished first overall on three events: rings (15.450), vault (15.350) and parallel bars (15.100). His scores on rings and vault rank second in the NCAA so far this year, while his parallel bar total is No. 4 nationally.

The award is the second of Melton’s career and the first for a Buckeye since Drew Moling received the recognition in March 2015.

Burke, a native of Royse City, Texas, was the all-around champion in his college debut with a score of 86.000, defeating 2015 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year Bobby Baker. Burke posted the top team score on floor (14.850) and was one of two Buckeyes to post a 15.000 or higher on vault. Burke became the first Buckeye to win the Windy City all-around title since Randy Monahan in 2004. His all-around score ranks eighth in the nation so far this season.

Burke is the first B1G Freshman of the Week since Melton claimed the honor in March 2014.

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