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Jan. 30, 2005

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team tied No. 2 Illinois, 223.4-223.4, Saturday evening at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. The last time the Buckeyes tied in a dual meet was 1949. Ohio State and Michigan State finished the meet even at 48.

“I am pleased with our overall performance,” Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach, said. “Our guys did a good job and tonight.”

The Buckeyes set four team season records, including an OSU all-time record on rings, scoring a 38.55. Ohio State compiled a season-best 37.05 on floor, 37.1 on vault and 36.9 on parallel bars.

Individually, three Buckeyes finished first or tied for first on three events. DJ Bucher (Fr., Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gymnastics) held the top spot on rings, tallying a career-high 9.85. Sophomore Willie Ito (Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gym.) claimed pommel horse with a career-best 9.675 and senior co-captain Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa./Central Pa. Academy of Gym.) scored a 9.7 on high bar to tie for first with Illinois’ Justin Spring.

Sophomore Grant Osborne (Fort Collins, Colo./USOTC) also notched a career high on floor, earning a 9.4 for third place. Cody Trobaugh (Sr., Dallas Texas/Houston Gym. Academy) capped the night of career-bests with a second-place finish on floor (9.45) and rings (9.75).

Ohio State had at least one gymnast finish in the Top 3 on each event. Bucher scored a 9.725 on parallel bars for second. In his first meet as a Buckeye, freshman Pejman Ebrahimi (Granada Hills, Calif./LeClub Gymnastics) finished second on vault with a 9.4. Trobaugh compiled a 9.35 and a 9.3 on vault and parallel bars, respectively, for third place.

Up next for Ohio State is the Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 4-5. Members of the OSU squad will compete in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Sports Arena.