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Feb. 8, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team (6-1; 4-1 Big Ten) is back in action when it faces California and Stanford at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kazuki Nakamori Invitational.

The Buckeyes, No. 7 Golden Bears (3-1) and No. 8 Cardinal (3-1) are returning to team action after members of each squad participated in the 2005 Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 4-5 at the Las Vegas Sports Center Arena in Las Vegas.

CONCENTRATING ON CAL
After opening the season with a loss to Stanford, the Golden Bears rebounded with a win at the Cardinal Cup, scoring a 215.625. Through the leadership of senior co-captain Graham Ackerman, the 2004 NCAA Champion on floor, Cal was able to top Stanford (213.525), Air Force (185.6) and Washington (179.475). Senior Jay Yee, a finalist on rings at the 2004 NCAA Championships, has helped the Golden Bears to their 3-1 record, claiming rings at the Cardinal Open and pommel horse in California’s opening loss to Stanford.

Leading the Golden Bears is Barry Weiner. In his 14th year at the helm of the team, Weiner was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation coach of the year after guiding the squad to a 16-1 record in 2004.

BUCKEYES VS. GOLDEN BEARS
Ohio State trails California 2-3. Last season the Buckeyes fell to the Golden Bears, 218.175-217.4, in a tri-meet that also included Oklahoma.

In the competition, Randy Monahan captured his fifth all-around title of the season, scoring a 54.650. Monahan also claimed rings with a score of 9.650. Ronald Ferris recorded a 9.5 on pommel horse to finish first.

Kerry Adderly scored two season highs, as he posted a 9.4 on both vault and high bar. A 9.2 on floor was enough for Cody Trobaugh to record his fourth career high of the season.

FOCUSING ON STANFORD
Then-No. 6 Stanford opened the season with a win over then-No. 5 California and followed the performance with a second-place finish at the Cardinal Open. Stanford is led by freshman Sho Nakamori and David Sender. At the Winter Cup Challenge, Sender captured the vault title at the event finals, recording the highest score (9.6) on any apparatus during the final competition. Nakamori began the season by winning three events in his first collegiate meet – floor (9.4), parallel bars (9.5) and high bar (9.65).

Thom Glielmi is in his second season as head coach of the Cardinal. Before joining Stanford, Glielmi was an assistant at Minnesota where he was named 2000-01 NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year.

BUCKEYES VS. CARDINAL
The Buckeyes lead the Cardinal, 2-0. Ohio State and Stanford last met in 2003 at Norman, Okla., in a tri-meet which included Oklahoma. OSU defeated Stanford 218.15-211.025.

Kerry Adderly took first place on floor with a 9.35 and Randy Monahan placed second with a 9.200. On vault, Monahan posted a 9.400 and placed first. Matthew Smith, a rings specialist, scored a career-high 9.500 to place fifth in the event.

A FAMILIAR FACE
Kip Simons, a gymnast at Ohio State between 1991-1994, will be reunited with his alma mater when California takes on OSU. 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.

LAST TIME OUT – WINTER CUP
Buckeyes Ronald Ferris and Randy Monahan concluded individual event competition at the Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 5 at the Las Vegas Sports Center Arena in Las Vegas.

Ferris and Monahan qualified for the event finals after finishing in the Top 8 amongst 84 participants in their respective disciplines Feb. 4. On high bar Ferris scored a 9.1 to finish second and tallied an 8.65 on pommel horse for fourth-place. Senior co-captain Monahan notched an 8.85 on rings for eighth-place and an 8.475 on high bar to finish sixth.

SAVING THE BEST FOR THE ROAD
With its mark of 223.4 vs. Illinois Jan. 29, Ohio State recorded the highest team score in the NCAA on the road since 2000.

The record previously was held by Penn State, who tallied a 221.875 at Oklahoma.

HOLDING STRONG
Freshman DJ Bucher compiled the highest score of the meet vs. Illinois when he tallied a first-place 9.85 on rings. Bucher also was the only gymnast to score above a 9.7 on two events, as he scored a 9.725 on parallel bars.

SECOND TIME AROUND
Sophomore Willie Ito notched another OSU all-time event high when he scored a 9.675 on pommel horse to surpass his own record of 9.65 from a year ago.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Nationally, Ohio State ranks in the Top 3 on five of six events and owns the top spots on pommel horse (36.475), rings (37.95) and high bar (36.9).

The Buckeyes are third on floor (36.656) and parallel bars (36.556), and fourth on vault (37.025).

Individually, DJ Bucher remains the No. 1 parallel bars competitor, averaging 9.644 points. Senior co-captain Randy Monahan is first on rings, compiling a 9.762. Monahan also is fourth on floor (9.406). On floor Cody Trobaugh is fifth, tallying a 9.367. Ronald Ferris is No. 4 on pommel horse (9.362) and Willie Ito’s 9.362 on high bar places him fifth. Freshman Pejman Ebrahimi’s average of 9.4 on pommel horse lands him in the fifth spot.

IN THE BIG TEN
In the league, Ohio State is No. 1 in three of six events. The Buckeyes are first on pommel horse (36.475), rings (37.95) and high bar (36.9). OSU is second on parallel bars (36.556) and third on floor (36.656) and vault (37.025)

DJ Bucher and Randy Monahan are first on parallel bars (9.644) and rings (9.762) in the conference, respectively. Ronald Ferris is third on pommel horse (9.362) and Cody Trobaugh is third on rings (9.587).

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
In the win over Illinois-Chicago Jan. 22, Ohio State set three all-time event records. The Buckeyes surpassed their former team highs of 37.15 on pommel horse, 38.25 on rings and 38.0 on high bar by scoring a 37.4, 38.475 (a former team high, as they recorded a 38.55 on rings vs. Illinois) and 38.4, respectively.

Buckeyes Willie Ito and Randy Monahan also notched Ohio State records in the meet against UIC.

Ito scored a 9.9 on high bar to beat Monahan’s 9.85, which he tallied last year vs. Minnesota.

Monahan compiled a 9.925 on rings, besting Daren Lynch’s 9.8 from 2001.

Both the team highs and individual scores are Ohio State all-time records since 2001, when tougher NCAA rules were implemented. Prior to 2000, the team highs on pommel horse, rings and high bar were 39.0, 39.175 and 39.3. Individually, David Eckert (1996) holds the rings record with a 10.0 and current Ohio State Assistant Coach Doug Stibel (1997) is the record-holder on high bar with a score of 10.0.

WHO’S THE FRESHMAN?
In his first collegiate meet, freshman DJ Bucher re-wrote the Ohio State men’s gymnastics record book with his 9.85 and first-place parallel bars finish at the Windy City Invitational. The Mason, Ohio, native owns the individual OSU record on parallel bars, surpassing Raj Bhavsar’s 9.650, which he tallied at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Both scores are records under the scoring system implemented after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

TAKING CHARGE
OSU swept all six events for two-consecutive meets earlier in the season. Ohio State claimed every event against No. 9 Minnesota Jan. 15. In the win over then-No. 12 Illinois-Chicago, the Buckeyes continued their streak, winning each event.

Last season, Ohio State swept all six events only once (Illinois-Chicago).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Sophomore Willie Ito and freshman Mike Marino completed their first collegiate all-around competition. At the Windy City Invitational Ito was the lone all-around competitor for the Buckeyes, scoring a 52.75 to finish tied for sixth. Against Illinois-Chicago, Marino recorded a 51.95 to place second.

2005 CAPTAINS
Seniors Randy Monahan and Cody Trobaugh were selected team captains for the 2005 season by their teammates.

The honor is the first for Trobaugh and the second for Monahan. The Elizabethtown, Pa., native served as co-captain last season.

UP NEXT
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 to take on No. 11 Nebraska.

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.