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Jan. 22, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team topped No. 12 Illinois-Chicago, 223.875-198.250, Saturday evening at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Scarlet and Gray captured all six events and recorded team all-time event records on pommel horse (37.4), rings (38.475) and high bar (38.4).

Willie Ito (So., Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gym.) and Randy Monahan (Sr., Elizabethtown, Pa./Central Pa. Academy of Gym.) tallied OSU individual all-time records on rings and high bar, scoring a 9.9 and 9.925, respectively.

“It was a better meet than anything we did last year,” Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach, said. “I think that is a testament to the potential this team has and how far this team can go. It was good to see those high scores. They get the guys excited.”

The Buckeyes came out strong in the first rotation, notching a 36.15 on floor before their record-breaking pommel horse and rings performance (37.4 and 38.475). Ohio State’s former highs were 37.15 and 38.25. On the fourth and fifth rotation, OSU recorded a 36.95 and 36.5 on vault and parallel bars, prior to surpassing its previous team high of 38.0 on high bar. The Buckeyes reached the 220 mark for the second time this season. OSU’s score of 223.875 beats the team season score from a year ago (221.350), recorded at the 2004 NCAA championships.

Ohio State held the Top 3 spots on each event. Freshman DJ Bucher (Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gym.) earned his fourth event win on vault, scoring a 9.75. Ronald Ferris (Jr., Austintown Ohio/Ohio Gym. Institute) scored a 9.55 to win pommel horse and Jimmy Wickham (Fr., Gulfport, Miss./Planet Gym.) tallied a 9.3 to capture vault. In addition to winning rings, Monahan claimed floor with a score of 9.4. The Buckeyes return to the road when they face No. 1 Illinois at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill.

FX PH SR V PB HB TOTAL 1. Ohio State 36.15 37.4 38.475 36.95 36.5 38.4 223.875 2. UIC 32.3 31.1 35.95 36.05 33.25 29.5 198.25

FX PH SR V PB HB AA DJ Bucher – 9.15 9.65 – 9.75 – – Ronald Ferris 8.5 9.55 – 9.05 – 9.65 – Willie Ito – 9.25 – – 8.45 9.9 – Kris Kline 8.35 8.75 9.25 – – – – Mike Marino 8.65 9.1 8.35 8.95 8.5 8.4 51.95 Randy Monahan 9.4 – 9.925 9.1 – 9.8 – David Ortiz – – – 9.3 – – – Grant Osborne 9.2 9.45 – – 8.9 9.05 – Pedro Pineda – – 9.2 – – – – Nicholaus Searcy – – – 9.2 9.35 – – Cody Trobaugh – – 9.65 – – – – Jimmy Wickham 8.9 – – 9.3 – – –