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Feb. 18, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will compete in its final home meet of the season when it plays host to No. 5 Penn State at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena in a co-ed meet.

HONORING THE SENIORS
Seniors Jamey Houle (Enfield, Conn.), Jamie Shepard (Dayton, Ohio) and Eric Van Sickle (Hilliard, Ohio) will be honored at the team’s final home meet against Penn State. It will be the trio’s final home meet.

SCOUTING NO. 5 PENN STATE
Penn State began its season by dominating then-No. 13 Army and Springfield, 215.6-206.55-195.15. The Nittany Lions won all six events in the competition, scoring a 35.2 or higher.

PSU continued its early season success by upsetting then-No. 3 Illinois, 219.15-212.775. After falling to Michigan, Penn State rebounded by claiming its seventh consecutive West Point Open, scoring a 214.625.

Individually, the Nittany Lions are led by seniors Zach Roeder and Kevin Tan. Roeder has claimed six first-place finishes on floor or pommel horse combined. Roeder’s most impressive mark was his 9.825 on pommel horse against Temple Saturday.

As the defending NCAA and Big Ten rings champion, Tan won the rings competition at Michigan, scoring a 9.9. Further dominating the rings event, Tan captured the Winter Cup Challenge rings title, recording a 9.875. HEAD COACH RANDY JEPSON
Entering his 12th season as head coach of his alma mater, Randy Jepson is credited with guiding the Nittany Lions to four consecutive NCAA championships and eight overall. As the 2000 National Coach of the Year, Jepson helped lead PSU to its NCAA-record 10th national title.

A member of the Penn State coaching staff since 1983, Jepson was named head coach in 1992. During his 19 total years at PSU, Jepson has coached his student-athletes to 56 All-America honors. Jepson also is responsible for leading 11 Nittany Lions to individual national championships.

BUCKEYES VS. NITTANY LIONS
Ohio State leads the all-time series versus Penn State, 16-12.

Last season, then-No. 2 OSU fell to No. 1 PSU, 216.85-220.0, in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes topped the Nittany Lions on floor, 36.550-35.650.

Individually, Kerry Adderly (Jr., Orlando, Fla.) finished first on floor, scoring a career-high 9.550. Randy Monahan (Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) set a then-career high on vault (9.450), placing second.

LAST HOME STAND
Seniors Jamey Houle, Jamie Shepard and Eric Van Sickle will be competing in their final home meet when Ohio State faces Penn State.

In his four years as a Buckeye, Houle has earned All-America honors on floor and is a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete. Houle also is a CGA Academic All-American.

This season, Houle has set five career highs, including an improvement of his vault score three times and his pommel horse score twice.

As a fifth-year senior, Shepard is an OSU Scholar-Athlete. Shepard transfered to Ohio State following the abolishment of the Michigan State program. At MSU, Shepard was a two-time letterwinner.

Van Sickle has consistently aided the team in its success. Among the team’s best on pommel horse, Van Sickle recorded his former career high of 9.100 against Michigan State and again in the NCAA championships during his freshman campaign. Van Sickle’s top performance on the event came his sophomore season when he posted a 9.450. The pommel horse specialist’s 9.450 remains his personal best.

A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Ronald Ferris (So., Austintown, Ohio) competed in his first all-around competition of the season against Nebraska. Ferris faired well, as he compiled a score of 53.575 to finish second.

MAKING HIS PRESCENCE FELT
Since his first meet of the season against Illinois, Kerry Adderly has posted four Top 3 finishes, all occurring during the meet at Nebraska. Adderly finished first on parallel bars, scoring a 9.150 and also was the top finisher on floor (9.325), vault (9.425) and high bar (9.4).

Previously, against California and Oklahoma, Adderly improved his vault and high bar scores, recording a 9.4 on both events. During his first meet, against Illinois, Adderly recorded a 9.1 and 8.550, respectively.

BIG TEN HONORS AGAIN
Ohio State junior Randy Monahan was named the Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week for the week of Feb. 1. Monahan shared the award with Justin Spring of Illinois. Monahan’s conference honor was awarded following his performance against Illinois Jan. 31 at St. John Arena.

Monahan placed first in the all-around with a 55.350, his second-highest tally this season behind the NCAA record of 56.50 he set earlier this year. Monahan completed the competition with a career-high 9.750 on floor to finish first. Setting another career high on rings (9.7), Monahan claimed that event as well.

Monahan also posted a third-place finish on high bar with a score of 9.550.

The Big Ten last honored Monahan Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 following his performances in the Windy City Invitational and the meet against Minnesota.

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to meet No. 7 Michigan at 7 p.m. Mar. 13 at Cliff Kleen Arena.

LAST TIME OUT – CALIFORNIA AND OKLAHOMA
Ohio State fell to No. 2 California and No. 4 Oklahoma Feb. 13 at St. John Arena. The Sooners recorded a 219.600 to claim first place, while the Golden Bears tallied 218.175 to finish second. The Buckeyes had a score of 217.400 to place third.

The Buckeyes claimed two events, scoring a 36.65 on rings and a 37.15 on vault.

Junior Randy Monahan captured his fifth all-around title of the season, scoring a 54.650. Monahan also claimed the rings title 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 (Jr., Dallas, Texas) to record his fourth career high of the season.

LAST TIME OUT – NEBRASKA
OSU fell to No. 8 Nebraska, 213.475-214.925, Feb. 15 in Lincoln, Neb. The Buckeyes won two events – parallel bars (35.625) and high bar (36.450) to make a last minute surge in the meet.

Kerry Adderly paced the Buckeyes by finishing in the Top 3 on four events – floor (9.325), vault (9.425) and high bar (9.4). Adderly also finished first on parallel bars, scoring a 9.150.

Senior captain Jamey Houle set a season high on high bar with a score of 9.075. Nicholaus Searcy (Fr., Dublin, Ohio) recorded a career-high 9.025 on parallel bars.

BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked fourth in the country for the week of Feb. 17 according to the Gym Info. poll. OSU ranks first and second in the nation on high bar (36.925) and rings (36.121), respectively. Individually, Randy Monahan is first on high bar, averaging 9.640 points a meet. Monahan is second in the all-around (55.160) and third on rings (9.537).

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
As the second-ranked team in the conference, behind No. 1 Illinois. Ohio State also is second on rings (36.121). OSU remains the top team on high bar, as it averages a score of 36.925 points a meet.

Randy Monahan is the top performer on three events – vault (9.380), high bar (9.640) and all-around (55.160). Placing second on rings, with an average of 9.537 points, Monahan also is ranked third on floor (9.240).

Second in the Big Ten on parallel bars is Kerry Adderly, who has a mean score of 8.983 points. Cody Trobaugh is third on rings in the conference, as he is averaging 9.420 points per competiton.

FIVE IN A ROW
Randy Monahan is the first Buckeye since the 2001-02 campaign to win five consecutive all-around titles, as he won the all-around against California and Oklahoma with a score of 54.650.

The last member of the Scarlet and Gray to accomplish such a feat was former Buckeye Raj Bhavsar. The nine-time All-American won five consecutive all-arounds in 2002, including the Big Ten and NCAA all-around titles.

TOP TEAM SCORE
With its team winning score of 220.20 over Illinois Jan. 31 at St. John Arena, Ohio State obtained the highest tally in the nation for the week. The Buckeyes score also is a team season high.

During the 2003 campaign, OSU posted its then-season high team score against Illinois at Champaign, Ill., as well.

RECORD SETTER
Buckeye junior Randy Monahan’s all-around score of 56.50 against Minnesota was the highest in the NCAA since the new scoring rules were implemented at the beginning of the 2001 season. The previous high was 56.35, set by Daniel Furney of Oklahoma.

2004 TEAM CAPTAINS
Senior Jamey Houle, along with junior Randy Monahan were voted the 2004 captains by their teammates. Both student-athletes were awarded the honor at the team’s annual tribute to past Buckeye greats in the Varsity Exhibition Jan. 3 at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS
Ohio State returns two All-Americans who look to continue their success in 2004. Junior Kerry Adderly earned All-America honors on floor with a score of 9.312. Randy Monahan garnered the accolade when he placed fourth on the all-around, posting a career-high 54.55.

Both Adderly and Monahan have compiled a career total of two All-America honors.

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.