COLUMBUS, Ohio – After placing fourth at the Windy City Invitational last weekend in Chicago, the eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team faces its first road dual test of the season at No. 4 Oklahoma at 8 p.m. ET Saturday at the Howard McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.
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Live updates for the meet vs. the Sooners will be available at SoonerSports.com. A link will also be available on the Buckeye men’s gymnastics page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
BUCKEYES TOP THE POLLS
Ohio State heads into the second week of the regular season with several members at the top of the GymInfo rankings. Junior Ty Echard and senior co-captain Brandon Wynn lead the Buckeyes holding the top spot in the nation on pommel horse (15.400) and on rings (15.800), respectively. Last season, Wynn, the defending NCAA rings champion, held the No. 1 ranking on the event with a 15.990 national qualifying score (NQS) while, Echard, a 2009 All-American, was fifth with a 14.940 NQS.
Also ranking on pommel horse for the Buckeyes is sophomore John Laing, who is fifth with a 14.400 score. As a team, Ohio State holds the top ranking with Illinois with a 57.200 team total.
On rings, junior Philip Onorato is seventh with a 14.800. The Buckeyes have a 57.200 team total on the event, which is fifth-best in the country.
On vault, Jeff Treleaven, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, is second in the nation on vault with a 15.900. Last weekend, Treleaven tied Illinois’ Chad Wiest for the vault title in his first collegiate meet as a Buckeye.
Wynn holds 10th place on parallel bars with a 14.500 for his second Top 10 ranking through week one of 2011.
As a team, Ohio State starts the season with Top 10 rankings on five events. The Buckeyes hold the Top ranking on pommel horse with Illinois with a 57.200 team total. On rings, the Scarlet and Gray have a 57.200, which is fifth in the nation. The team ranks ninth on vault (61.600) and sixth on parallel bars (56.400). Rounding out the rankings for the squad is on high bar as the Buckeyes are tenth in the country (53.300).
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Jeff Treleaven, a native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Jan. 17. The award for the Buckeye rookie was the first conference weekly honor for Ohio State in 2011.
In his first collegiate competition as a Buckeye, Treleaven helped the Scarlet and Gray to a fourth-place finish at the Windy City Invite Jan. 15 in Chicago, Ill., after tying for first place on vault and also scoring a team-high 14.2 on floor exercise for an 11th-place finish. A two-time Illinois state level 10 champion on vault, Treleaven notched a meet-high 15.9 to tie with Illinois’ Chad Wiest. His performance on vault helped Ohio State to a 61.6 team event total, which was third-best overall.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State finished fourth at the 2010 Windy City Invitational Jan. 15 to begin the 2011 campaign in Chicago, Ill. The Scarlet and Gray notched a 339.800 team average with three Buckeyes claiming event titles. Illinois won the event (355.400), while Michigan took second (346.100) and Minnesota placed third (340.7).
Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn won the rings title for the second-consecutive year with a 15.8 mark, helping the Buckeyes tie for first place with Michigan with a 57.200 team total. Junior Ty Echard claimed the pommel horse title with a 15.400, while freshman Jeff Treleaven tied for first on vault with a solid 15.900 performance. Freshman Kris Done competed in the all-around competition in his first collegiate meet, scoring an 80.200.
On floor exercise, Treleaven highlighted the Buckeyes rotation with a 14.200, while sophomore Blaize Monks had a 13.900. Sophomore John Laing had a 14.200 score to go along with Echard’s top mark to give Ohio State a first-place finish on the event with a 57.200 total.
Wynn continued from what he did last year, excel on rings. Along with his 15.800 score, junior Philip Onorato earned a 15.300 on rings, which was good for fourth place.
On vault, Ohio State recorded a 61.6 behind Treleaven’s score of 15.9 for first place. Junior Joel Uptmor and senior Sean Regan tied for 11th, with each claiming 15.3 marks. The Buckeyes had a 56.4 event team total on parallel bars and were led by Wynn, who notched a 14.5 score, which tied for sixth overall. Done recorded Ohio State’s top score on horizontal bar with a 14.1, tying for sixth, while Wynn claimed a 13.9 score.
Making their Ohio State debut at the Windy City Invitational were redshirt freshman Michael Newburger and freshman Misha Koudinov.
Oklahoma opened its season at the Rocky Mountain Open Jan. 15, claiming their 12th-consecutive title with a 346.500 average, defeating Nebraska, Air Force and Arizona State. The Sooners claimed five of the six team event titles, winning floor (57.300), rings (57.600), vault (63.800), parallel bars (57.400) and high bar (55.600). The meet was highlighted by two members posting record-meet highs. Senior Steven Legendre notched a 16.400 on vault, while sophomore Jacob Dalton claimed a 15.100 on parallel bars.
Last season, the Sooners finished third at the 2010 NCAA Championships, while Legrendre captured the NCAA floor exercise title for the third-consecutive season. Alex Naddour claimed the pommel horse NCAA crown with a 15.425 score.
LAST TIME VS. OKLAHOMA
Last season, the No. 5 Buckeyes posted a season-high 354.900 on Senior Day but fell to No. 2 Oklahoma (359.250) on March 13 in Columbus.
Highlighting the meet was Brandon Wynn, who hit a program-record 16.300 on rings to give Ohio State a new team event high of 61.050, outscoring the Sooners’ 59.200 event total. Ty Echard took second on pommel horse with a 15.300 to help the Buckeyes win the rotation, 58.550-57.800. On vault, Elliott Hardy hit a career-high 15.750 to tie Wynn for the team lead. On parallel bars, Wynn took first with a 14.950, while classmate Sean Regan placed fifth with a 14.100.
In all, the Buckeyes had four individual event winners, including pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.
The Buckeyes are led by interim co-head coaches Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson 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.
Ohio State has a week off to prepare for the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 3-5 in Las Vegas, Nev.