Feb. 10, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No.1 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will play host to No. 2 California and No. 4 Oklahoma in a tri-meet at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena.
The Buckeyes then travel to Lincoln, Neb., where they will face No. 8 Nebraska at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bob Davaney Sports Center.
SCOUTING NO. 2 CALIFORNIA
California is led by junior and senior co-captains Graham Ackerman and David Eaton. The Golden Bears boast freshman R.J. Heflin, who was the lone gymnast competing for the Golden Bears in the event finals at the USA Winter Cup Challenge. Heflin finished the meet fifth on pommel horse. Eaton was the top all-around competitor for California, as he finished the competition 25th overall.
Earlier in the season California faced Stanford and Air Force in a tri-meet in which the Golden Bears finished first with a score of 216.625. During the competition, Ackerman completed the meet with a personal record of 9.75 on vault.
At the Pacific Coast Classic, the Golden Bears were the top squad out of eight teams, compiling a team score of 216.20. California’s team score was 12 points better than second-place Stanford’s 203.875.
HEAD COACH BARRY WEINER
Largely credited with developing the California men’s gymnastics program into a top competitive team, Barry Weiner led the Golden Bears to national championships in 1997 and 1998, a total of six Top 5 national finishes and five NCAA individual championships in his 12 seasons at Cal. The results of Weiner’s work first paid dividends in 1997 when he was named National Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a perfect 17-0 regular season and the team’s first NCAA team title since 1975. The next year Cal swept through the entire 1998 season without a loss en route to its second-consecutive team championship.
Following the 1998 campaign, Weiner was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year for the third time (1993, 1995, 1998) and National Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. Including the 10-2 regular season of 2003, Weiner’s career record stands at an impressive 181-47-1 (.793) spanning over the last dozen years.
BUCKEYES VS. GOLDEN BEARS
The Buckeyes and the Golden Bears last met in March of 1996 during the. Ohio State won the eight team competition with a score of 229.50.
Former Buckeye Blaine Wilson won the all-around competition and won the top spot on parallel bars (9.80) and high bar (9.85).
The all-time series is tied 3-3.
SCOUTING NO. 4 OKLAHOMA
The two-time defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners have compiled 43 wins in a row, including 28 consecutive victories on the road. Led by junior David Henderson, sophomore Jamie Henderson, junior Josh Gore and senior Heath Muller, the Sooners have been named NCAAsports.com Team Spotlight of the Week. Earlier in 2004, co-captain Muller and David Henderson also were named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnasts of the Week.
At the Rocky Mountain Open, Oklahoma claimed first place, out of four teams, scoring 211.40. Every team member competing in team events qualified for the individual events competition with 10 gymnasts finishing in the Top 6.
In their dual meet season opener, the Sooners defeated Air Force, 217.650-195.275. David Henderson, an All-American on rings and a senior co-captain posted a career high all-around score of 54.125.
HEAD COACH MARK WILLIAMS
Mark Williams was named head coach of Oklahoma in 2000 and produced immediate results with the Sooners winning the 2002 and 2003 national championships.
Williams has guided the Sooners to five conference titles, in addition to being named Coach of the Year by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation four times. Williams also has been named NCAA National Coach of the Year twice, including in 2003. As the first coach in NCAA history to win two national titles in his first four years as head coach, Williams reached the 90-win plateau (93-7 career) faster than any other coach in NCAA history and owns the highest winning percentage of any active NCAA coach at 93 percent. Williams’ squad has compiled a NCAA best winning streak of 43 consecutive meets, including 28 on the road and 15 at home.
BUCKEYES VS. SOONERS
Leading the series, 10-6, Ohio State looks to halt the Sooners’ 43-game winning streak. Last season, Oklahoma won the tri-meet competition against Ohio State and Stanford, 222.5-218.15-211.025, in Norman, Okla., at the Lloyd Noble Center.
During the 2003 meet, OSU topped Oklahoma on floor, 36.25-35.55. The Buckeyes posted a then-season high 37.30 on rings, while individually Kerry Adderly (Jr., Orlando, Fla.) took first place on floor with a 9.35. On vault, Randy Monahan posted a 9.4 to finish first.
SCOUTING NO. 8 NEBRASKA
The Cornhuskers are paced by junior Mace Patterson, who has set four personal records in 2004. Patterson was the only Cornhusker to compete at the Winter Cup Challenge. During the West Point Open, he finished first on high bar with a career high 9.6. Patterson also finished first on pommel horse at the meet.
Senior captain Josh Rasile is undefeated on vault in 2004 and helped guide Nebraska to a second-place finish (210.90) at the West Point Open out of nine teams.
Nebraska posted a team season high score of 213.975 at the Rocky Mountain Open to place fourth. During the meet, Rasile continued his dominance on vault, finishing first with a score of 9.3.
HEAD COACH FRANCIS ALLEN
In his 35th year as head coach of Nebraska, Francis Allen has coached the Cornhuskers to eight NCAA team titles, along with seven runner-up finishes. Allen has been a part of a gymnastics program that has guided 41 student-athletes to a NCAA individual title as well. As the Director of Nebraska Gymnastics and the College Gymnastics Association president, Allen has coached 11 Olympians, in addition to winning 14 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference titles.
A three-time national coach of the year (1979-1981), Francis’ Cornhuskers appeared in 17 consecutive NCAA championships between 1979-1995. Nebraska, under the tutelage of Francis, has made 22 of 28 NCAA appearances, advancing to the team finals on 16 occasions.
BUCKEYES VS. CORNHUSKERS
With a 220.50-212.85 victory over Nebraska in 2003, the Buckeyes tied the all-time series against the Cornhuskers. In the match-up last year, the Buckeyes’ score was a national-high and the squad won every event and set season highs on all but vault to score 4.65 more points than their previous high (215.85) set in a dual match at Illinois Feb. 1, 2003.
Randy Monahan compiled an all-around score of 54.0, which was a then-career high.
A Buckeye took first on every event except rings. Kerry Adderly set career highs on all of his events and placed first in four- floor (9.45), vault (9.5), parallel bars (9.05) and high bar (9.45).
A FAMILIAR FACE
Kip Simons, a former gymnast at Ohio State between 1991-1994 returns to his alma mater when the California Golden Bears travel to Columbus to face Ohio State. Simons, a 1996 graduate of OSU was named Big Ten freshman of the year in 1991 and was awarded team captain honors his senior year. Simons was a Nissen-Emery Award recipient and the OSU Male Athlete of the Year in 1994.
BIG TEN HONORS AGAIN
Ohio State junior Randy Monahan (Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) was named the Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week for the week of Feb. 1. Monahan shared the award with Justin Spring of Illinois. Monahan’s conference honor was awarded following his performance against Illinois Jan. 31 at St. John Arena.
Monahan placed first in the all-around with a 55.350, his second-highest tally this season behind the NCAA record of 56.50 he set earlier this year. Monahan completed the competition with a career-high 9.750 on floor to finish first. Setting another career high on rings (9.7), Monahan claimed that event as well.
Monahan also posted a third-place finish on high bar with a score of 9.550.
The Big Ten last honored Monahan Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 following his performances in the Windy City Invitational and the meet against Minnesota.
Ohio State plays host to the No. 5 Penn State Nittany Lions in co-ed competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at St. John Arena.
LAST TIME OUT – WINTER CUP CHALLENGE
Ohio State had four student-athletes and two alumni compete in the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 6-7 in Las Vegas. Former Buckeye Blaine Wilson won the all-around with a score of 57.050. Jamey Houle (Sr., Enfield, Conn.), Willie Ito (Fr., Huntington Beach, Calif.), Randy Monahan and Cody Trobaugh (Jr., Dallas, Texas) were the current OSU team members competing at the meet.
Monahan finished the all-around in 11th place and earned the opportunity to compete in two event finals. The junior captain scored a 9.150 on floor and a 9.3 on rings during the qualifying session. Monahan completed the rings event final ninth (9.050). Ito finished fifth on high bar (9.325) to earn a chance to compete in the event final, where he ended the competition ninth.
Wilson, a gymnast at Ohio State from 1994-97, qualified for all six event finals scoring at least 9.250 or better, including a score of 9.9 on rings. The Senior National Team member finished the final session on rings tied for first with a 9.875. Wilson also finished first on parallel bars with a 9.850 in the event finals. Former Buckeye Raj Bhavsar (2000-2003), qualified for three event finals- rings (9.650), vault (9.625) and parallel bars (9.100) to advance to event finals. Bhavsar took third and fifth place, respectively on vault (9.550) and rings (9.425).
World all-around champion Paul Hamm, who trains at Ohio State with Miles Avery, men’s gymnastics head coach finished first on pommel horse in the event finals with a score of 9.55. Hamm also tied for third on high bar, scoring a 9.60. Morgan Hamm was second, behind Paul on pommel horse, earning a 9.475. Jason Furr, who also is training with Avery, competed in the high bar final where he earned a 9.55 to finish fifth.
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 third position on vault (9.350) and rings (9.437).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.