COLUMBUS, Ohio – Competing in its season dual opener, the No. 8 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell, 358.350-340.350, to No. 4 Oklahoma Saturday night at the McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.
“We had to fill in some holes in the lineup tonight and several younger guys gained experience against very good competition,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. ” Like usual, Ty Echard and Brandon Wynn were great on pommel horse and rings as well as Jeff Treleaven who scored a 15.9 on vault for the second-consecutive week. The talent is there, but we just have inconsistencies that we need to work on.”
“If you look at the meet, we did come out a little bit better than last weekend,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “We were missing two of our top guys and Matt Barr, Kris Done and Brandän Jones stepped up well for us tonight. Wynn, Echard and Treleaven had great routintes tonight. I think for us, we just need to put everything together. I think the most important thing for Ohio State gymnastics is to continue get better. We need to prepare well for the Brockport meet and put a good score on the board and go from there. Once we get healthy and get the ball rolling, we can be a team that will be able to compete deep into the postseason.”
Ohio State began the competition on pommel horse in the first rotation. Junior Ty Echard, a 2009 All-American, led the Buckeyes with a 15.250, tying for first place with Oklahoma’s Alex Naddour, the reigning NCAA champion on pommel horse. However, the Sooners claimed the next four top scores to finish with a 57.550-54.600 advantage.
Next up on floor exercise, Oklahoma earned the top three scores, including event-winner Steven Legendre (16.250), the reigning NCAA champion on floor exercise as Oklahoma won the event, 61.850-57.300. Jeff Treleaven, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, placed fourth overall with a team-high 14.750, while junior Joel Uptmor notched a 14.250. Sophomore Blaize Monks and junior Philip Onorato had 14.200 and 14.100 scores, respectively.
In the third rotation Ohio State traveled to vault. After claiming the event title last weekend at the Windy City Invitational, Treleaven once again led the Buckeyes with a 15.900 score, placing third overall. Jacob Dalton posted a 16.550 to give the Sooners the 63.750-61.700 win on vault. Onorato claimed a 15.450, while freshman Kris Done had a 15.200.
Next on rings, senior co-captain Brandon Wynn, the reigning NCAA champion, won the event with a season-high 16.100 score, but Oklahoma took its fourth event of the evening, winning 60.250-57.600.
On high bar, the Scarlet and Gray were led by Done, who scored a 14.850, which was second-best overall. Wynn notched a 14.650 score for fourth and Monks claimed a 14.200 for sixth. However, the Sooners took high bar with a 58.550-57.150 finish. The final event for the Buckeyes was parallel bars with Done earning a team-high 14.150 for third overall.
Making their Ohio State debuts were freshmen Matthew Barr and Brandän Jones vs. the Sooners. Barr competed on floor exercise and rings, while Jones saw action on pommel horse, floor exercise and high bar.
The Buckeyes will now have a week off to prepare for the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 3-5 in Las Vegas, Nev.