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MINNEAPOLIS – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team attended the 2009 Nissen-Emery Award Banquet Wednesday evening at the Radisson Hotel on the campus of the University of Minnesota, celebrating another year of great achievements in collegiate gymnastics. Senior All-American Jake Bateman was honored as a finalist for the coveted Nissen-Emery Award, entering in as the Buckeyes’ impressive ninth candidate in 11 years.

The two-time captain and biology major led the squad in the all-around for a second year in a row, earning third at the Big Ten Championships after placing second behind Casey Sandy, Penn State’s 2009 Nissen-Emery Award winner, in 2007. Bateman, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., qualified for five-of-six event finals at the conference championships and placed in the Top 6 on four.

Previous to the banquet, the team held its final official practice before the NCAA qualifier Thursday evening. Ohio State competes at 8 p.m. ET at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis.