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Voorhees, N.J., native is in position to post an excellent finish at elite national meet

COLUMBUS, OhioBrandon Wynn, a rising junior on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, enters into the 2009 VISA Championships finals in good position to make a run for a spot on the U.S. Men’s Senior National team at 8 p.m. Friday in Dallas, Texas. The 2009 All-American posted an 86.45 score in the all-around to end the qualifying round in 13th place Wednesday night.

The Academic All-Big Ten honoree hit a career high on vault with a 16.1 to tie for fourth with the championships’ all-around leader and 2008 U.S. Olympian Jonathan Horton. Wynn, who anchored Ohio State on rings during the 2009 collegiate season, scored a 14.85 on the event to finish sixth.

“Brandon is tremendous on rings but he didn’t show it yesterday,” Miles Avery said. “If he competes on vault again like he did and do rings the way we know he can, he could make a good argument that he should be a member of the World Championships team. He’s the new kid on the block and he needs to prove himself. “

Former Buckeye Jake Bateman (2006-09) finished with an 82.45 in the all-around, posting a 14.45 on high bar for eighth place.

“Jake has trained so well and he has done everything right,” Avery said. “He got a little hurt on Monday and I think that affected him. It is unfortunate timing because he is a tremendous athlete.”

Soon-to-be sophomore Steven Spencer also competed on pommel horse and parallel bars at the national event.

The Buckeyes will train Thursday to work out any problems and return to competition mode for the VISA championships finals Friday. The U.S. Men’s Senior National team for the 2009 World Championships in London will be announced following the conclusion of the meet.

WATCH IT LIVE
Universal Sports, a division of NBC, will televise the men’s finals live, in addition to a live webcast provided on www.USA-Gymnastics.org. NBC Sports will show a recap of the men’s national meet on a tape delayed basis at 2 p.m. Aug. 15.