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Jan. 9, 2005

The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team completed the 35th annual Windy City Invitational second with a score of 220.100 Saturday evening. After falling to fifth place following the first rotation, the Buckeyes climbed to second place after winning rings, scoring a 37.7. No. 2 Illinois was the top finisher (221.80), with No. 7 Michigan (218.225) rounding out the Top 3. The event was held in Chicago on the campus of Illinois-Chicago.

“I thought we did not perform as well as we could have on certain events,” OSU head coach Miles Avery said. “It is encouraging though, because we saw the potential of the team tonight. We just need to get used to being champions.”

The Buckeyes had two first place finishers in DJ Bucher (Fr., Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gym.) and Randy Monahan (Sr., Elizabethtown, Pa./Central Pa. Academy of Gym.). Bucher notched the highest score of the meet with a 9.85 on parallel bars and Monahan tallied a 9.775 on rings. Bucher also finished fourth on rings, compiling a score of 9.55. Monahan, who did not compete in the all-around, placed second and third on floor and vault, respectively, scoring a 9.55 and 9.45. Ronald Ferris (Jr., Austintown, Ohio/Ohio Gym. Institute) and Willie Ito (So., Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gym.) also finished in the Top 3 in at least one event, with Ferris placing second on pommel horse with a 9.55 and Ito completing the high bar with a score of 9.55. Ito was the Buckeyes’ top all-around finisher with a score of 52.75 for a sixth-place tie.

Senior Cody Trobaugh (Sr., Dallas, Texas/Houston Gym. Academy) had Top 10 finishes on floor (sixth), vault (fifth) and parallel bars (seventh). He scored a 9.3 on all three events.

Ohio State travels to Minneapolis, Minn., where it will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Sports Pavilion. The Buckeyes will open up their home slate against Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. John Arena.