COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team travels to Chicago this weekend for quad-meet to take on UIC, Air Force and Temple at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at the Physical Education Building on the campus of Illinois-Chicago.
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Ohio State’s Feb. 28 vs. No. 4 Penn State will be broadcast at 3 p.m. March 5 on the Big Ten Network. The meet vs. the Nittany Lions is one of three competitions the conference network will have the Buckeyes showcased on national television.
BUCKEYES TOP THE POLLS
As a team, Ohio State holds a Top 10 ranking in all six events. The team is seventh on pommel horse (57.05), eighth on rings (57.450) and high bar (55.817), ninth on floor (57.200) and tied for ninth on vault (61.967) and parallel bars (56.633).
Leading the way for Ohio State in the polls is senior co-captain Brandon Wynn as he continues to hold the top spot on still rings with a 15.867 three-score average. Junior Philip Onorato is the other Buckeye to hold a Top 40 ranking on the event, placing 20th (14.733).
Three members of the Scarlet and Gray rank on pommel horse with junior Ty Echard holding the number two spot (14.450), sophomore John Laing is 16th (14.367), and redshirt freshman Michael Newburger is tied for 36th (13.267).
Freshman Jeff Treleaven is the lone Buckeye in the Top 40 on vault, holding a 15.967 three-score average, placing him in sixth. Treleaven also ranks 15th on floor (14.733), while sophomore Blaize Monks is 28th with a 14.433 average.
Freshman Kris Done has the best ranking on parallel bars, tied for 31st (14.117), and holds the top spot on high bar for the Buckeyes with a 14.450 average, placing 11th. Wynn and Monks also rank on high bar, placing 14th (14.4) and tied for 37th (13.833), respectively.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes fell to fourth-ranked Penn State with a score of 353.500-342.500 Feb. 26 despite Ohio State posting several team and individual highs.
“We had certain guys hit some great routines,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “As a whole, we have to be more consistent. We are struggling to hit events that we need to hit. We have to go and hit routines and do it all together as a team. We have the talent and the right guys, now we have to show it.”
“The guys showed a lot of heart and fought well today,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “Even when Wynn suffered an injury, the team pulled together and finished well on parallel bars. We just need consistency and it will come. The thing I like the most is the fight and desire to be champions.”
The Buckeyes started on pommel horse, posting a season high score of 57.700, while Penn State scored a 58.300. Junior Ty Echard set the bar for the team, winning the event with a score of 15.400. Moving onto floor, freshman Jeff Treleaven posted a 14.500, tying for third overall. Ohio State finished the event with a score of 55.900, while the Nittany Lions claimed a 59.000. Next on vault, Treleaven again notched the top score for the Buckeyes with a 15.800, tying for first overall. Penn State edged out Ohio State on the event, 62.000-61.900. In the fourth rotation, Ohio State totaled a 57.000 on rings, while Penn State held strong with a 60.700. Onorato held the Buckeyes’ best score with a season-high 15.200, placing third overall. On high bar, the Buckeyes were guided by Done, who tied for first overall on the event with a 14.400. The Scarlet and Gray were edged by the Nittany Lions on the event, 55.100-53.200. Finishing the meet on parallel bars, Ohio State set an event season high of 56.800, but it still was not enough to beat Penn State’s 58.400.
A MEET OF SEASON HIGHS
Last time out, the Buckeyes set 10 individual season highs, two team event season highs and one career high. On vault, juniors Philip Onorato and Joel Uptmor set season highs of 15.500 for both. On rings, senior Sean Regan tied his season high of 14.500, while junior Mike Behles set a season high of 13.800. Freshman Kris Done scored a 13.200 for his new season high on the event. Junior Joel Uptmor had the lone season high on high bar with a 13.200. Parallel bars counted for three of the individual season highs with freshman Misha Koudinov (14.500), Done (14.300), and Regan (14.000). Redshirt freshman Michael Newburger tied his career high on the event with a score of 13.5000.
The Scarlet and Gray topped their previous season team event highs on both pommel horse and parallel bars with scores of 57.700 and 56.800, respectively.
No. 13 UIC comes off a loss last weekend at home against the Minnesota. However, the Flames tallied team-best scores on five events and posted their highest overall score this year with a 339.200.
Sophomore Kyle Voissem leads the team, holding the team high score in five events vs. the Golden Gophers. Last week in the competition, Voissem won pommel horsewhile taking second in both the horizontal and parallel bars. Voissem also tied for first on rings with senior Neal Thompson and placed third on floor.
UIC holds a Top 20 national ranking in every event. The Flames are 12th on pommel horse (54.867), 13th on floor (55.900), vault (61.25), parallel bars (54.967) and high bar (54.183), and 15th on still rings (54.717). Voissem holds the highest ranking for UIC, is tied for 18th on parallel bars.
BUCKEYES VS. THE FLAMES
Ohio State leads the all-time series against UIC, 56-3-0. The Buckeyes have won the past three competitions against UIC. The two teams met earlier this season at the Windy City Invitational hosted by the Flames. UIC took sixth with a 327.300, while Ohio State placed fourth with a 339.800. The two teams faced each other twice last season at both the Windy City Invitational and in a tri-meet with Nebraska. Both times Ohio State topped UIC with scores of 347.15-328.75 and 346.6-339.95.
No. 12 Air Force claimed the All-Academy Championship title Feb. 20 with the second-best team score in program history of 345.000. The team bested their previous season high score by 10 points and easily won the meet, topping their opponents by nine and 14 points, respectively. This was the first championship title for the Falcons since 2000. Air Force claimed at least a shared victory of four events.
The Falcons are led by senior Nash Mills who had a stellar performance at the All-Academy Championships Feb. 20. At the championships Mills, tied for first on still rings (14.800) and parallel bars (14.300), placed third on vault (15.600), tied for fourth on high bar (13.8) and won the all-around with an 85.800. Following his performance, Mills was named the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week, the Academy’s Athlete of the Week and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week.
Air Force ranks in the Top 15 on all six events. The highest ranking for the Falcons is a ninth- place tie on vault (61.967) with Ohio State. The Falcons hold 13th on pommel horse (54.233), 11th on rings (56.367), 15th on parallel bars (54.50), 12th on high bar (54.25) and 10th on floor (56.717).
OHIO STATE VS. THE FALCONS
The Falcons and the Buckeyes have only faced each other four prior times with Ohio State leading the series 3-1-0. The teams battled last year in Nebraska with the Buckeyes coming out victorious, 346.60-332.400.
Temple comes off a victory, topping Springfield 338.200-333.500 Feb. 25. The Owls claimed first- place finishes on parallel bars, high bar and pommel horse. The Owls notched three individual titles with senior Patrick McLaughlin on pommel horse, sophomore Alex Tighe and McLaughlin tying on parallel bars and senior Blake Collins on high bar.
Temple sits high in the national rankings with their best placing at 13th. The Owls are tied for seventh on parallel bars (56.667), 10th on high bar (55.767), hold a 12th-place ranking on the rings (56.100) and vault (61.600) and are tied for 13th on floor exercise (55.900).
OHIO STATE VS. TEMPLE
Temple trails Ohio State in the all-time series with Ohio State holding a 10-4-0 advantage over the Owls. The teams only met once last year at the NCAA qualifier when Ohio State finished third with a 346.800 and Temple scored a 332.700 for sixth place. Prior to the NCAA competition, the teams hadn’t competed against each other since the 2008 season when Ohio State fell to Temple, 342.850-341.1500.
BIG TEN GYMNAST, FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
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 Stibeland 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
The Buckeyes close out the regular season home schedule, hosting Nebraska and Illinois at 7 p.m. March 12 in St. John Arena on Senior Night. The tri-meet will be televised by the Big Ten Network on tape-delay basis, airing at 1 p.m. March 19.