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Feb. 1, 2005

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Winter Cup Challenge
Session I – All-Around Finals and Event Qualifications
Friday, Feb. 4, 4 p.m. EST

Session II – All-Around Finals and Event Qualifications
Friday, Feb. 4 8:30 p.m. EST
Buckeyes Competing
Ronald Ferris
Randy Monahan

Session III – Event Finals
Saturday, Feb. 5 9:30 p.m. EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will be represented by Buckeyes Ronald Ferris and Randy Monahan at USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Sports Center Arena in Las Vegas.

WINTER CUP CHALLENGE
Each winter, USA Gymnastics plays host to the Winter Cup Challenge. Athletes in every age division, starting at 14 & up, compete. The Men’s Program Committee, of which OSU coach Miles Avery is a member, is the governing body for the event.

Eighty-four collegiate and club gymnasts from around the country will compete in the all-around for one of six spots that are available on the U.S. National Team. The Top 8 individuals in each event move on to compete in the individual event finals Saturday night.

LAST TIME OUT – ILLINOIS
Ohio State tied No. 2 Illinois, 223.4-223.4, Jan. 29 at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. The last time the Buckeyes tied in a dual meet was 1949. Ohio State and Michigan State finished the meet even at 48.

“I am pleased with our overall performance,” Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach, said. “Our guys did a good job tonight.”

The Buckeyes set four team season records, including an OSU all-time record on rings and parallel bars, scoring a 38.55 and 36.925, respectively. Ohio State compiled a season-best 37.05 on floor and a 37.1 on vault.

Individually, three Buckeyes finished first or tied for first on three events. DJ Bucher held the top spot on rings, tallying a career-high 9.85. Willie Ito claimed pommel horse with a career and OSU-best 9.675 and senior co-captain Randy Monahan scored a 9.7 on high bar to tie for first with Illinois’ Justin Spring.

Sophomore Grant Osborne also notched a career high on floor, earning a 9.4 for third place. Cody Trobaugh capped the night of career-bests with a second-place finish on floor (9.45) and rings (9.75).

Ohio State had at least one gymnast finish in the Top 3 on each event. Bucher scored a 9.725 on parallel bars for second. In his first meet as a Buckeye, freshman Pejman Ebrahimi finished second on vault with a 9.4. Trobaugh compiled a 9.35 and a 9.3 on vault and parallel bars, respectively, for third place.

SAVING THE BEST FOR THE ROAD
With its mark of 223.4, Ohio State recorded the highest team score in the NCAA on the road since 2000.

The record previously was held by Penn State, who tallied a 221.875 at Oklahoma.

HOLDING STRONG
Freshman DJ Bucher compiled the highest score of the meet vs. Illinois when he tallied a first-place 9.85 on rings. Bucher also was the only gymnast to score above a 9.7 on two events, as he scored a 9.725 on parallel bars.

SECOND TIME AROUND
Sophomore Willie Ito notched another OSU all-time event high when he scored a 9.675 on pommel horse to surpass his own record of 9.65 from a year ago.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Nationally, Ohio State ranks in the Top 3 on all six events and owns the top spots on pommel horse (36.475), rings (37.95) and high bar (36.9).

The Buckeyes are third on floor (36.656), vault (37.025) and parallel bars (36.556).

Individually, DJ Bucher remains the No. 1 parallel bars competitor, averaging 9.644 points. Senior co-captain Randy Monahan is second on rings, compiling a 9.762. Monahan also is fourth on floor (9.406). On floor Cody Trobaugh is fifth, tallying a 9.367. Ronald Ferris is No. 5 on pommel horse (9.362) and Willie Ito’s 9.362 on high bar places him fifth.

IN THE BIG TEN
In the league, Ohio State is No. 1 in three of six events. The Buckeyes are first on pommel horse (36.475), rings (37.95) and high bar (36.9). OSU is second on parallel bars (36.556) and third on floor (36.656) and vault (37.025)

DJ Bucher and Randy Monahan are first on parallel bars (9.644) and rings (9.762) in the conference, respectively. Ronald Ferris is third on pommel horse (9.362) and Cody Trobaugh is third on rings (9.587).

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
In the win over Illinois-Chicago Jan. 22, Ohio State set three all-time event records. The Buckeyes surpassed their former team highs of 37.15 on pommel horse, 38.25 on rings and 38.0 on high bar by scoring a 37.4, 38.475 (a former team high, as they recorded a 38.55 on rings vs. Illinois) and 38.4, respectively.

Buckeyes Willie Ito and Randy Monahan also notched Ohio State records in the meet against UIC.

Ito scored a 9.9 on high bar to beat Monahan’s 9.85, which he tallied last year vs. Minnesota.

Monahan compiled a 9.925 on rings, besting Daren Lynch’s 9.8 from 2001.

Both the team highs and individual scores are Ohio State all-time records since 2001, when tougher NCAA rules were implemented. Prior to 2000, the team highs on pommel horse, rings and high bar were 39.0, 39.175 and 39.3. Individually, David Eckert (1996) holds the rings record with a 10.0 and current Ohio State Assistant Coach Doug Stibel (1997) is the record-holder on high bar with a score of 10.0.

WHO’S THE FRESHMAN?
In his first collegiate meet, freshman DJ Bucher re-wrote the Ohio State men’s gymnastics record book with his 9.85 and first-place parallel bars finish at the Windy City Invitational. The Mason, Ohio, native owns the individual OSU record on parallel bars, surpassing Raj Bhavsar’s 9.650, which he tallied at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Both scores are records under the scoring system implemented after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

TAKING CHARGE
OSU swept all six events for two-consecutive meets earlier in the season. Ohio State claimed every event against No. 9 Minnesota Jan. 15. In the win over then-No. 12 Illinois-Chicago, the Buckeyes continued their streak, winning each event.

Last season, Ohio State swept all six events only once (Illinois-Chicago).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Sophomore Willie Ito and freshman Mike Marino completed their first collegiate all-around competition. At the Windy City Invitational Ito was the lone all-around competitor for the Buckeyes, scoring a 52.75 to finish tied for sixth. Against Illinois-Chicago, Marino recorded a 51.95 to place second.

2005 CAPTAINS
Seniors Randy Monahan and Cody Trobaugh were selected team captains for the 2005 season by their teammates.

The honor is the first for Trobaugh and the second for Monahan. The Elizabethtown, Pa., native served as co-captain last season.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will compete in its first tri-meet of the season when it travels to Berkeley, Calif., to face California and Stanford Feb. 12. The meet is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Haas Pavilion.

FIND OUT ON THE WEB
Keep track of the latest men’s gymnastics news, scores and stats by logging on to the official Ohio State athletic website at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.