Buckeyes see all three qualified gymnasts earn All-America honors
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Highlighted by junior captain Brandon Wynn’s national championship on rings, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team had a tremendous night at the 2010 NCAA Individual Championships Saturday in West Point, N.Y., seeing all three qualifiers in Wynn, Philip Onorato and Steven Spencer earn All-America honors. Ohio State head coach Miles Avery has now coached 23 All-Americans to a combined 64 honors.
Wynn accomplished a feat that just one other gymnast in Ohio State history had done so before – be named a national champion on rings. He won his first career NCAA title on rings with a 15.9, .750 points better than the rest of the pack, joining current Buckeye assistant coach and former U.S. Olympian Blaine Wilson as the only two gymnasts to do so.
“It has been a work in progress,” Wynn, a native of Voorhees, N.J., said. “Last year I had the ability but I had kinks I needed to work out to refine my set. This season it all came together and I’m happy it worked out.”
Wynn is the sixth Buckeye under Avery to win a national title and the first since Pejman Ebrahimi won the vault title in 2007. Avery’s six national champions own a combined nine titles.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Brandon,” Avery said. “He was the best guy on the event this season, winning all 10 times he competed and that is impressive. From the time he arrived on campus, Brandon has put in the time and work to get to this point so it is good to see it pay off.”
After a runner-up finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships, sophomore Steven Spencer had the hunger to go after first Saturday night. And when he raised his hand, Spencer delivered a clean routine that the judges awarded a 15.125. His 15.125 was good for third at the 2010 NCAA Championships, making him a two-time All-American.
“I’m really proud of Steven and his performance tonight – it is great to have a two-time sophomore All-American on pommel horse,” Avery said. “It is a little disappointing in terms of his score because I thought Steve was the most perfect gymnast on pommel horse tonight. But nevertheless, he is deservedly a two-time All-American.”
Onorato, a native of Plano, Texas, earned his first career All-American honor, scoring a 15.95 on vault to tie for fourth place. The talented sophomore already has collected three runner-up finishes at the Big Ten championships and looks to have a bright future with the Buckeyes.
“I’m tremendously proud of all three guys,” Avery said. “They represented Ohio State well at the national championships.”
Steven Spencer – 15.125 – Third Place
Brandon Wynn – 15.9 – First Place
Philip Onorato – 15.95 – Tied for Fourth Place