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Feb. 3, 2004

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USA GYMNASTICS WINTER CUP CHALLENGE
Session I
Saturday, Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m. EST
RajBhavsar
BlaineWilson
Willie Ito

Session II
Saturday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m. EST
Randy Monahan
Cody Trobaugh
Jamey Houle

Session III
Event Finals
Sunday, Feb. 7, 3:30 p.m. EST

Sports Center Arena
Las Vegas, Nev.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will send members to Las Vegas to represent OSU in the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge Friday and Saturday.

Jamey Houle (Sr., Enfield, Conn.), Willie Ito (Fr., Huntington Beach, Calif.), Randy Monahan (Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) and Cody Trobaugh (Jr., Dallas Texas) are scheduled to compete for the Buckeyes.

THE WEBCAST
Live action of session I of the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge will be broadcast at www.usa-gymnastics.org. Commentary will be provided by John Roethlisberger and Jay Thornton, along with exclusive coaches and players interviews. Accessing the webcast costs $10 and the broadcast will be archived for future replay.

WINTER CUP CHALLENGE
Every winter, USA Gymnastics plays host to the Winter Cup Challenge. Athletes in every age division starting, at 15 & 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 compete in the all-around with the Top 2 finishers not already on the US National Team earning spots. The Top 6 individuals in each event move on to compete in the individual event finals Saturday night.

FORMER BUCKEYES AT WINTER CUP
Former Buckeyes and current U.S. Senior National Team members Raj Bhavsar and Blaine Wilson will take part in the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge. Both Bhavsar and Wilson currently train with Miles Avery, OSU’s head coach, in the Buckeyes’ practice facility in preparation for up-coming national and international events.

HAMMS AT WINTER CUP
Morgan and Paul Hamm will participate in the Winter Cup Challenge. The Hamms recently began training at Ohio State with Miles Avery.

Paul Hamm is the reigning world all-around champion and the twins are not new to Ohio State. The two have trained at OSU in the past, most recently at a national team training camp prior to the World Championships.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will play host to its first tri-meet of the season, as it welcomes California and Oklahoma to St. John Arena. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Ohio State retained its No. 1 ranking in the Gym Info. Team Rankings. The Buckeyes have a team average score of 216.875.

OSU is atop the parallel bars and high bar standings, averaging 35.5 and 36.775, respectively.

The Scarlet and Gray earned third-place spots in both pommel horse (36.425) and rings (36.137).

Individually, Kerry Adderly (Jr., Orlando, Fla.) is tied for third on floor, averaging 9.4. Randy Monahan is the top all-around competitor, recording an average score of 55.287. Monahan also is second in the nation on high bar (9.612) and third on rings (9.512). Cody Trobaugh earned the third place spot on parallel bars, posting an average score of 9.062.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
As in the national rankings, Ohio State remains the No. 1 program in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes are first in the conference on parallel bars and high bar, while the team is second on both pommel horse and rings.

Individually, Kerry Adderly is second on floor and third on parallel bars. Willie Ito holds the second-place position on pommel horse (9.337). Randy Monahan continues to be the top all-around competitor, while also earning the top spots on high bar and vault (9.375). Monahan also holds second place on rings. Cody Trobaugh is the top Big Ten competitor on parallel bars and he also holds the second position on vault (9.350).

MORE CAREER HIGHS
Five Buckeyes posted career highs in their meet against Illinois in their last time out.

Ronald Ferris (So., Austintown, Ohio) posted two career highs, as he recorded a 9.5 on pommel horse to finish second. On high bar, Ferris also scored a career high 9.45. Earning a 9.250 and 9.3 on floor and pommel horse, respectively, Jamey Houle surpassed his former career highs of 9.150 and 9.20. Houle’s 9.20 was enough to earn him third place. Kristopher Kline (Fr., Westerville, Ohio) recorded a personal best on floor with a 9.0. Junior captain Randy Monahan posted career highs on floor and rings with a first place 9.750 and 9.70, respectively. Cody Trobaugh rounded out the Buckeyes surpassing career highs, as he tied his career high of 9.6 on rings to finish third and recorded a 9.250 on parallel bars to earn second place.

MONAHAN NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK
Ohio State junior Randy Monahan was named NCAA Men’s Gymnast of the Week by Inside Gymnastics Jan. 28. Monahan’s third consecutive national honor from the publication was awarded following his performance against Illinois-Chicago Jan. 24 at the UIC Physical Education Building in Chicago.

Monahan placed first in the all-around with a 55.15, the highest all-around score in the country over the weekend. Monahan completed the competition finishing first on floor (9.1), vault (9.45) and high bar (9.4).

Monahan also posted a second-place finish on rings with a score of 9.25.

FOUR IN A ROW
Randy Monahan is the first Buckeye since the 2001-02 campaign to win four consecutive all-around titles, as he won his fourth consecutive all-around in the competition against Illinois with a score of 55.350.

The last time a member of the Scarlet and Gray was able to win four straight all-arounds was in 2002, when former Buckeye Raj Bhavsar won five consecutive all-around titles, including the Big Ten and NCAA titles.

TOP TEAM SCORE
With its team winning score of 220.20 over Illinois Jan. 31 at St. John Arena, Ohio State obtained the highest tally in the nation for the week. The Buckeyes score also is a team season high.

During the 2003 campaign, OSU posted its then-season high team score against Illinois at Champaign, Ill., as well.

ADDERLY’S ARRIVAL
Kerry Adderly competed for the first time this season when he saw action against Illinois.

Adderly finished third on floor, scoring a 9.4.

RECORD SETTER
Buckeye junior Randy Monahan’s all-around score of 56.50 against Minnesota was the highest in the NCAA since the new scoring rules were implemented at the beginning of the 2001 season. The previous high was 56.35, set by Daniel Furney of Oklahoma.

FINISHING IN THE TOP 3
The Buckeyes had at least one competitor finish in the Top 3 in all events during the Illinois meet. On floor, Randy Monahan tied for first (9.750) and Kerry Adderly placed third (9.4). Ronald Ferris recorded a 9.5 on pommel horse to finish second. Houle finished third, scoring a 9.3. Monahan captured the rings title, posting a 9.7 and Cody Trobaugh scored a 9.6 to finish second. Trobaugh was second on both vault and parallel bars, scoring a 9.350 and 9.250, respectively. On high bar Monahan was third, posting a 9.550.

THE SWEEP
Ohio State won every event in its meet against Illinois-Chicago, Jan. 24 and individually, had a Buckeye finish in first place on all six events.

Willie Ito finished first on pommel horse (9.4). Randy Monahan won the floor (9.1), vault (9.45) and high bar (9.4) titles. Cody Trobaugh recorded a 9.5 to win rings and posted a 9.1 to finish first on parallel bars.

The last time the Buckeyes swept all six events was against Nebraska in 2003.

I HAVE FOUND MY NICHE
Freshman Willie Ito captured the top position on pommel horse against Illinois-Chicago. Ito’s victory on the apparatus was his third consecutive.

Earlier in the season, Ito scored a 9.250 during the Windy City and recorded a career high 9.650 in the meet against Minnesota.

2004 TEAM CAPTAINS
Senior Jamey Houle, along with junior Randy Monahan were voted the 2004 captains by their teammates. Both student-athletes were awarded the honor at the team’s annual tribute to past Buckeye greats in the Varsity Exhibition Jan. 3 at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS
Ohio State returns two All-Americans who look to continue their success in 2004. Junior Kerry Adderly earned All-America honors on floor with a score of 9.312. Randy Monahan garnered the accolade when he placed fourth on the all-around, posting a career-high 54.55.

Both Adderly and Monahan have compiled a career total of two All-America honors.

LAST TIME OUT-ILLINOIS
Ohio State defeated No. 3 Illinois, 220.20-219.00, Jan. 31 in a co-ed meet at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won four of six events- floor (37.35), rings (36.90), parallel bars (36.200) and high bar (36.9500), while recording a team season high score.

“Tonight we saw two powerful teams,” Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach said. “Illinois is an awesome team and they did a fabulous job. We wanted this win and I can see we are getting healthier and better. Hopefully all our progress will culminate at the Big Ten’s and nationals.”

Ronald Ferris (So., Austintown, Ohio) posted two career highs, as he recorded a 9.5 on pommel horse to finish second. On high bar, Ferris also scored a career high 9.45. Earning a 9.250 and 9.3 on floor and pommel horse, respectively, Jamey

Houle surpassed his former career highs of 9.150 and 9.20. Houle’s 9.20 was enough to earn him third place. Kristopher Kline (Fr., Westerville, Ohio) recorded a personal best on floor with a 9.0. Junior captain Randy Monahan posted career highs on floor and rings with a first place 9.750 and 9.70. Cody Trobaugh rounded out the Buckeyes surpassing career highs, as he tied his career high of 9.6 on rings to finish third and recorded a 9.250 on parallel bars to earn second place.

At least one Buckeye placed in the Top 3 in all six events. On floor, Kerry Adderly finished third with a 9.400. Trobaugh recorded a 9.350 on vault to place second and Monahan posted a 9.550 on high bar to take the third place spot.

Monahan captured the all-around title with a score of 55.350. Houle placed second, scoring a 52.550.

AROUND THE BIG TEN
No. 5 Penn State captured its seventh consecutive West Point Open with a score of 214.625 Jan. 30 in West Point, N.Y.

Two Big Ten teams were in action Jan. 31 in addition to Ohio State and Illinois. No. 6 Iowa fell to No. 4 Oklahoma, 214.550-217.50. No. 10 Minnesota defeated No. 9 Illinois-Chicago, 208.825-204.250.

2004 PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR
Throughout the men’s gymnastics home schedule, fans can enjoy group packages at discounted prices. Offers are valid on tickets and concession items. As well during the Penn State meet, the final home competition of the season, any gymnastics club attending will have the opportunity to register to win a piece of gymnastics equipment.

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.