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Jan. 15, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is set to open the 2016 regular season at the 46th-annual Windy City Invitational Sunday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The meet is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET start and includes competition from No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Michigan, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Iowa and 17th-ranked UIC, the host institution.

BUCKS NO. 2 IN CGA WEEK 1 POLL
Ohio State enters the second week of the season ranked No. 2 in the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) National Rankings.

The Buckeyes represent one of six Big Ten schools ranked within the Top 10 as Illinois (No. 4), Michigan (No. 5), Penn State (No. 6), Minnesota (No. 8) and Iowa (No. 9) also received votes.
 
OHIO STATE NAMED BIG TEN FAVORITE
Ohio State was named the preseason favorite in the Big Ten Conference in a poll of league coaches.

Defending Big Ten champion Penn State was voted second overall. Illinois was ranked third, followed by Michigan and Minnesota. Iowa and Nebraska completed the preseason rankings in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

MELTON & MARTIN – GYMNASTS TO WATCH
Redshirt sophomore Sean Melton and redshirt junior Jake Martin were named Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch for the 2016 season.

A four-event All-American, two-time Big Ten champion and the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Melton won a bronze medal in the all-around and team gold with the U.S. Senior National Team at the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships. The Orlando, Fla., native, returning to competition after a redshirt season in 2015, was 16th in the all-around at the P&G championships this summer.

Martin was a two-event All-American and the Big Ten champion on vault for the Scarlet and Gray in 2014. A native of Oviedo, Fla., Martin qualified for the P&G championships this past summer after redshirting the 2015 season.

ALL-AMERICAN RETURNEES
Three All-Americans return to the squad this year in Melton (all-around, high bar, parallel bars, vault – 2014), Martin (all-around, vault – 2014) and senior captain Alex Johnson (high bar 2014 & 2015).

RECAP: 2015 WINDY CITY INVITATIONAL
No. 3 Ohio State opened its 2015 regular season with a third-place showing at Windy City.

The Buckeyes totaled a final team score of 414.800, finishing behind fifth-ranked Illinois (428.100) and No. 2 Michigan (422.950). No. 9 Iowa was fourth (414.000), followed by No. 7 Minnesota (410.350) and host and 16th-ranked UIC (388.400)

Ohio State won two of six events as a team, posting high scores on its first two rotations, parallel bars (70.750) and high bar (71.400).

NCAA & B1G CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
All-session and single-session tickets for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships and 2016 NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships are now on sale.

The Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts for both events at St. John Arena. The Big Ten championships are scheduled for April 1-2, followed by the NCAA championships April 15-16.

All-session adult tickets for the Big Ten championships are $15, while youth admission in $10. Single-session adult tickets are $10, $7 for youth. All-session adult tickets for the NCAA championships are $20, while youth and student admission is $12. Single-session adult tickets are $12 each, with youth and student prices set at $8.

Tickets for both events are available for purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and by phone at 1-800-GoBucks.  Tickets for the NCAA championships can also be purchased online at NCAA.com/tickets. In-person purchase is available during business hours at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, located at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, and day-of only at St. John Arena.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes travel to Berkeley, Calif., for a tri-meet against No. 7 California and No. 3 Stanford on Sunday, Jan. 24.