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April 9, 2005

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team scored a 225.450 to place second in the 2005 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships Friday night at the Holleder Center in West Point, N.Y. Oklahoma won the meet with a total of 225.675 points, while Illinois (223.75) rounded out the Top 3.

Senior co-captain Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa./Central Pa. Academy of Gym.) tied his career high in the all-around, scoring a 56.55 to earn a personal-best second place. This is Monahan’s fifth career All-America award and third in the all-around.

OSU opened up the competition on vault for the second-consecutive day and posted a 36.875 to begin the first rotation in third place. Monahan and Jimmy Wickham (Fr., Gulfport, Miss./Planet Gym.) paced the Buckeyes on the event, scoring a 9.250 a piece for a tie for 15th overall. DJ Bucher (Fr., Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gym.) led the way for the Buckeyes on parallel bars (36.675). The 2005 Big Ten parallel bars champion notched a 9.65 for a tie for third place. After dropping to fourth in the second rotation, the Buckeyes jumped to first after compiling an Ohio State record 38.850 on high bar. The Buckeyes round out the Top 4 on the apparatus with Willie Ito (So., Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gym.) and Monahan tying for first with a score of 9.9. Ito tied his career high set vs. Illinois-Chicago Jan. 22. Monahan topped his former career high of 9.85, last set vs. Nebraska Feb. 18. Ronald Ferris (Jr., Austintown, Ohio/Ohio Gym. Institute) scored a 9.85 for fourth to help the Buckeyes take a 112.4-112.225 lead over Penn State halfway through the meet. After a fourth rotation bye, Ohio State resumed competition on floor where it posted a 37.450. Monahan was the Top Buckeye performer, posting a 9.65 for a tie for second. Ohio State moved to pommel horse in the sixth rotation and notched a team total of 37.225 on the event. Bucher and Ferris scored a 9.5 and 9.475 to finish tied for fifth and seventh, respectively to help give the Buckeyes a .15 lead over Oklahoma. In the final rotation Ohio State compiled a score of 38.375 with Monahan leading the way with a second-place 9.825. Bucher came in sixth, recording a 9.725.

Ohio State finished in the Top 3 on four events, including first place finishes on pommel horse and high bar. OSU also concluded the competition second on rings and third on floor.

By finishing in the Top 10 on an event, Ohio State advanced nine routines (Bucher – pommel horse, rings and parallel bars; Ferris – pommel horse and high bar; Ito – high bar; Monahan – floor, rings and high bar) to the individual event finals set for 7 p.m. Saturday. Log on to www.ncaaports.com for complete results from the team and all-around finals and individual event finals.

Team FX PH R V PB HB Total Oklahoma 37.825 37.15 38.7 37.275 37.25 37.825 225.675 Ohio State 37.45 37.225 38.375 36.875 36.675 38.85 225.45 Illinois 37.025 35.975 37.8 37.4 37.3 38.25 223.75 Penn State 36.1 36.65 37.925 37.175 37.125 37.425 222.4 California 36.85 36.475 38.1 36.8 36.025 37.825 222.075 Michigan 37.525 35.475 37.05 37.1 36.325 36.3 219.775

Individual Buckeye Results Floor 2T Randy Monahan (9.65) 14T Grant Osborne (9.325) 19T Cody Trobaugh (9.25)

Pommel Horse 5T DJ Bucher (9.5) 7 Ronald Ferris (9.475) 14T Grant Osborne (9.275)

Rings 2 Randy Monahan (9.825) 6 DJ Bucher (9.725) 11T Cody Trobaugh (9.65)

Vault 15T Randy Monahan (9.25) 15T Jimmy Wickham (9.25) 19T Cody Trobaugh (9.225)

Parallel Bars 3T DJ Bucher (9.65) 17T Nicholaus Searcy (9.05) 20T Willie Ito (9.025)

High Bar 1T Willie Ito (9.9) Randy Monahan (9.9) 4 Ronald Ferris (9.85) 19T Cody Trobaugh (9.2)