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Jan. 14, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 2 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team placed third at its season-opening meet, the Windy City Invitational, Saturday in Chicago. No. 1 Michigan claimed the team title with a score of 207.550. No. 8 Illinois was second (207.200), followed by Ohio State (205.400) in third. Rounding out the field was No. 6 Iowa (205.150), No. 12 Minnesota (202.250), No. 10 Michigan State (201.350) and No. 14 Illinois-Chicago (196.250).

Jamie Natalie (Sr., Hockessin, Del.) and Daren Lynch (Sr., Londonderry, N.H.) each claimed event titles to lead the Buckeyes. Natalie, the defending NCAA champion on floor exercise, placed first in the event. Lynch tied Michigan’s Scott Vetere for the rings title. Natalie also tied for fourth on parallel bars.

Raj Bhavsar (So., Houston, Texas) was the top Buckeye in the all-around. He posted a 50.350 to place fifth. He also tied for fifth on parallel bars.

The Buckeyes’ freshmen both turned in Top 10 performances in their first collegiate meet. Jamey Houle (Enfield, Conn.) tied for fifth on pommel horse and tied for ninth on parallel bars. Eric Van Sickle (Hilliard, Ohio) was eighth (tied) on horse.

Earnest Nelson (Rowlett, Texas) posted Ohio State’s other Top 10 finish, as he placed second on vault.

The Buckeyes next compete when they play host to Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 19) in St. John Arena.

Windy City Invitational Jan. 13, 2001, Chicago, Ill.

FX PH SR V PB HB Total 1. Michigan 34.950 35.350 34.350 35.650 34.050 33.200 207.550 2. Illinois 34.400 32.500 34.900 36.400 33.750 35.250 207.200 3. Ohio State 34.750 33.550 33.750 35.700 33.400 34.250 205.400 4. Iowa 34.300 34.150 34.050 35.650 32.350 34.550 205.150 5. Minnesota 33.850 33.200 32.650 36.000 32.450 34.100 202.250 6. MSU 34.200 34.250 33.250 34.800 31.650 33.200 201.350 7. UIC 34.300 32.050 34.000 35.700 31.100 32.100 196.250

Top finisher plus Ohio State results

All-Around
1. Leo Oka, Illinois 51.250 5. Raj Bhavsar 50.350 Dick Huntwork 47.250

Floor Exercise
1. Jamie Natalie, OSU 9.050 Michael Evans 8.650 Jamey Houle 8.650 Dick Huntwork 8.400 Earnest Nelson 8.300 Raj Bhavsar 8.000

Pommel Horse
1. Jon Plante, MSU 9.350 5T. Jamey Houle 8.750 8. Eric Van Sickle 8.600 Raj Bhavsar 8.300 Earnest Nelson 7.900 Adam Elliott 7.300 Ryan Schwartzkopf 6.900

Still Rings
1T. Daren Lynch, OSU 9.150 1T. Scott Vetere, UM 9.150 Jay Nardelli 8.300 Eric Van Sickle 8.200 Raj Bhavsar 8.100 Mitch Claman 8.050 Dick Huntwork 7.500

Vault
1. Linh Hoang, Illinois 9.350 2. Earnest Nelson 9.200 Dick Huntwork 8.900 Mike Evans 8.900 Raj Bhavsar 8.700 Daren Lynch 8.500 Jamie Natalie 0.000

Parallel Bars 1. Tim Dehr, Michigan 8.800 4. Jamie Natalie 8.600 5T. Raj Bhavsar 8.450 9T. Jamey Houle 8.400 Daren Lynch 7.950 Dick Huntwork 7.750 Eric Van Sickle 7.600

Horizontal Bar
1T. Tony Cesar, Iowa 8.900 1T. Justin Conner, Minn. 8.900 1T. Greg Cook, Illinois 8.900 5T. Raj Bhavsar 8.800 Jamie Natalie 8.550 Jamey Houle 8.500 Jay Nardelli 8.400 Earnest Nelson 7.650 Mike Evans 6.950

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