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Oct. 14, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore DJ Bucher heads to the U.S. Gymnastics World Championships Team Trials Oct. 14-16 in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center along with former Buckeyes Randy Monahan and Raj Bhavsar. The trio will be competing for spots on the U.S. team for the individual event world championships Nov. 21-27 in Melbourne, Australia.

Bucher, the 2005 national and Big Ten parallel bars champion, will compete on parallel bars and pommel horse. Bucher won the national parallel bars title with a combined score of 18.425. He had a 9.2 on the first day and then scored a 9.225 in the finals. He was the only gymnast to post over a 9.0 in both sessions and had two of the four scores of over 9.0 in the two days combined. In addition, Bucher placed fourth on the pommel horse at nationals with a combined score of 17.5.

Monahan will compete for a spot on floor exercise and high bar. Monahan completed his eligibility in 2005. He finished sixth on high bar scoring 18.125 and 13th on floor with a total of 18.7 at the 2005 U.S. Championships. Bhavsar, Ohio State’s volunteer assistant, will compete for a spot on rings and parallel bars.

Todd Thornton, the U.S. Nationals all-around champion, already earns a spot on the U.S. Gymnastics World Team. The Buckeyes will contend for the remaining five spots on the squad against 15 other gymnasts.

Miles Avery will travel with the athletes for the competition before beginning his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State.