COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team completes the 2011 regular season at No. 6 Michigan at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cliff Keen Arena. The competition will be televised by the Big Ten Network and broadcast in high definition at noon March 26.
BUCKEYES TOP THE POLLS
The Scarlet and Gray continue to top the GymInfo national rankings. Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn leads the Buckeyes holding the top spot in the nation on rings for the ninth-consecutive week with a 15. 867 average. He is also tied for 11th in the NCAA on parallel bars with a 14.667.
Freshman Jeff Treleaven moved up three spots on vault to sixth in the nation with a 16.133 average – good for second in the Big Ten. He also is tied for 15th in the NCAA on floor exercise with a 14.900 average.
Junior Ty Echard is holding strong in the NCAA for third and second in the Big Ten on pommel horse with a 15.450 average.
Freshman Kris Done moved up five spots on high bar to seventh in the country with a 15.000 average – good for fourth in the conference rankings.
As a team, Ohio State holds a Top 10 NCAA ranking on all six events. The team is sixth on floor exercise (58.767) and rings (58.650), seventh on pommel horse (57.100) and ninth on vault (62.567) parallel bars (56.817) and high bar (56.867).
LAST TIME OUT
In the regular season home finale, the Buckeyes notched a season-high 350.350 to claim the victory in a tri-meet vs. then-No. 4 Illinois and then-No. 7 Nebraska March 12 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won four events, including season-highs on rings, vault and parallel bars en route to their victory on senior night. The meet was televised on tape-delayed basis on Big Ten Network and will air at 1 p.m. March 19.
“I thought tonight was great,” interim co-head Blaine Wilson said. “We’ve been waiting all season to complete a whole meet and the fight was definitely there tonight. We had a few rough routines at the end, but through and through, we are on the cusp of being a great team headed into the postseason in a few weeks.”
“Any time you perform well against higher-ranked teams at home, it’s great to see,” interim co-head Doug Stibel said. “Sean Regan looked awesome tonight and it was a big day for him. He really handled his nerves well. Sometimes it is hard being a senior and competing in your last home meet of your career. It was exciting for Brandon to come out and compete on senior day. We’ve been trying to rest him up for the postseason, but he’s a competitor and wanted to perform tonight, and he helped us with an increase in difficulty with his two routines.”
The No. 6 Wolverines are coming off a loss to second-ranked Oklahoma March 12 as the Sooners won, 357.750-355.400 in Ann Arbor. Michigan has won 24 out of a possible 36 events in dual-meet competition this season, including winning all six in the process of putting up a season-high score in the win at ASU March 2 and two against Oklahoma last week.
Senior Thomas Kelly has eight wins in 2011 and has a win in four out of the seven events, including the all-around, high bar, parallel bars and still rings. He won high bar last week vs. the Sooners. Junior Syque Casear notched the highest NCAA score this season on parallel bars last week with a 15.65 vs. Oklahoma. Freshman Sam Mikulak has won Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times season. He posted a 16.600 on vault this year, which is still the second-highest score in the NCAA in 2011.
Last time vs. the Wolverines, Ohio State lost, 364.450-353.800, in Ann Arbor as Michigan set a school-record team score in 2010. The two teams saw each other earlier this year at the Windy City Invitational with Michigan (346.100) and Ohio State finishing fourth overall (339.800).
BUCKEYES SET TO HOST THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tickets for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics championships, hosted by the Ohio State University April 14-16 in St. John Arena, are currently on sale.
All seating in St. John Arena will be general admission with single-session tickets starting at $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors $5 for groups of 10 or more. All-session tickets also can be purchased for $28 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Group tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 614-292-3862 or by emailing email@example.com. Fans also can visit the official NCAA men’s gymnastics championships web page to order tickets online through Ticketmaster (link is available on bottom left of page).
TRELEAVEN SWEEPS WEEKLY AWARDS
Jeff Treleaven was named Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week Feb. 14 after his performance in the victory vs. Brockport. Treleaven, a native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., earned his first gymnast of the week honor, while claiming his second freshman of the week accolade. Earlier this season, the Buckeye rookie was named the conference’s Freshman of the Week Jan. 17. Treleaven notched two first-place finishes, posting season highs of 16.100 on vault and 14.950 on floor exercise. The newcomer also tied for third on parallel bars, finishing with a 13.650.
The Buckeyes are led by interim co-head coaches Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson and after both serving as assistant coaches for the program last season.
Stibel, in his 10th season overall at Ohio State, has helped coach the Buckeyes to four Big Ten championships (2002, ’05, ’06 and ’07). For his work in the 2007 season, Stibel garnered his first-career Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolade. A four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes (1996-99), Stibel was a member of the 1996 NCAA champion team.
Wilson, an assistant coach on the Buckeye staff since 2009, has brought a wealth of knowledge to the gym after competing in three Olympics as a member of the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics National Team (Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004). The most decorated Buckeye in program history, Wilson competed from 1994-97 for the Buckeyes and helped guided the squad to its second national title in 1996.
Dick Huntwork, a 2002 All-American and member of the Ohio State squad from 2000-03, joins the men’s gymnastics coaching staff as an assistant coach. Huntwork, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, helped lead the Buckeyes to their third NCAA national championship in 2001.
A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
Senior Brandon Wynn returns to the Buckeye program after a successful summer not only in national competitions, but on the world stage. Wynn, the 2010 NCAA and Big Ten champion on rings, won the U.S. national rings title at the 2010 VISA championships Aug. 14 in Hartford, Conn. With a two-day total of 32.25, the native of Voorhees, N.J., became the first Buckeye to take the rings title since two-time Olympian Raj Bhavsar won the event at the 2004 championships.
With his third-place finish in the all-around with a career-high 90.0 in the finals at the U.S. national championships, Wynn was named to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second-consecutive year and earned a spot on his first U.S. World Team.
The Buckeye traveled to the 2010 World Artistic Championships Oct. 17-24 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Wynn competed on five events in the qualification rounds, including floor exercise, still rings, vault parallel bars and horizontal bars. He competed on rings and floor for the Americans in the finals, posting a team-high 15.533 on rings and second-best U.S. score on floor exercise with 14.3. The U.S. national team finished fourth at the world championships.
WYNN, HARDY NAMED 2011 CAPTAINS
Senior Brandon Wynn and sophomore Elliott Hardy were named co-captains from the 2011 season, interim co-head coaches and announced. Wynn, the 2010 NCAA and Big Ten rings champion, had a summer to remember after being named to his second U.S. national team after claiming the U.S. national rings title at the 2010 VISA Championships Aug. 14 in Hartford, Conn. Wynn, who also finished third overall in the all-around competition, also earned a spot on the U.S. World Team, competing at the 2010 World Championships last October in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Ohio State will have a week off to prepare for the 2011 Big Ten Championships April 1-2 in Champaign, Ill.