COLUMBUS, Ohio – After placing first in a quad-meet last Sunday in Chicago, the ninth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team returns to Columbus to host No. 4 Illinois and No. 7 Nebraska at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The meet, which is senior day for the Buckeyes, will air tape-delayed on the Big Ten Network at 1 p.m. March 19 with Mike Leiderman (play-by-play) and Rob Brown (analyst) on the call.
Fans can track the progress of the Buckeyes on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A link for the live event can be accessed on the men’s gymnastics schedule page.
Ohio State fans can register to win an autographed basketball by the 2011 Big Ten Champion Men’s Basketball team at the tri-meet Saturday. Fans will also have the chance to win two all-session passes to the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics April 14-17 hosted by The Ohio State University at St. John Arena.
A SALUTE TO OUR SENIORS
A native of Oradell, N.J., and son of Charles and Suzanne Weir, CJ earned a spot back on the varsity squad last fall as a walk-on after spending two seasons on the OSU club team. This year, CJ competed for the Buckeyes on pommel horse in the home-opener against Brockport.
A civil engineer major, CJ plans to pursue a master’s degree in structural engineering and work as a designer/consultant after graduation.
A native of Libertyville, Ill., Sean is the son of Thomas and Patty Regan. As a junior, Sean represented Ohio State on rings, parallel bars and high at the NCAA Championships, including a team-best 14.3 on high bar. He also notched a career high bar of 14.95 for first on high bar in 2010 in a win over California in Columbus.
An exercise science major, Sean has competed in four regular season meets for the Buckeyes in 2011, posting career highs of 14.8 on rings and 15.35 on vault. Sean also competed for the Scarlet and Gray at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas and advanced to his first finals of the premier USA Gymnastics event for the Buckeyes.
Hailing from Voorhees, N.J., Brandon is the son of Lorraine Daversa and Bill Wynn. Brandon, a member of the U.S. World Team this past fall, has become the premier athlete in the nation on the rings event, claiming both the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2010. The two-time All-American holds the program record on rings with a 16.3 mark set last season vs. Oklahoma.
Brandon, an exercise science major, won the rings event at the 2010 VISA Championships to earn a spot on the U.S. World Team, while also finishing third in the all-around competition with a career-high 90.0 in the finals. The two-time Buckeye captain has also been successful in the classroom as a two-time first-team CGA Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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 eighth-consecutive week with a 15.867 average. He is also 22nd in the country and ninth in the Big Ten on horizontal bar holding a 14.400.
Freshman Jeff Treleaven is tied for ninth in the NCAA on vault with a 15.967 and fourth in the Big Ten. Treleaven is also 13th in the country and sixth in the Big Ten 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 is 12th in the country on high bar with a 14.450 average.
As a team, Ohio State holds a Top 10 NCAA ranking on five of six events. The team is sixth on floor exercise (58.417), seventh on pommel horse (57.100) and rings (57.950) and tenth on vault (62.200) and parallel bars (56.633).
Last time out, Illinois placed second at a quad-meet at UIC March 4, claiming a 351.600 team total. The Illini rank in the Top five nationally on four events including third on floor exercise (59.900) and pommel horse (58.367) and fourth on parallel bars (58.233) and high bar (58.300). Illinois also is sixth on rings (58.267) and vault (63.033).
Individually in the Top 10, senior Daniel Ribeiro ranks first on pommel horse (15.933), while junior Tyler Mizoguchi is fourth in the all-around (88.233), tied for fourth on parallel bars (15.150) and tied for 10th on floor (14.950). Redshirt senior Chad Wiest checks in fourth on floor (15.633), while junior Anthony Sacramento is seventh on rings (15.333) and sophomore Yoshi Mori is tied for 10th on pommel horse (14.700)
Nebraska travels to Columbus after falling, 359.000-347.600, vs. No. 2 Stanford at the Devaney Center last Sunday. The Cornhuskers rank in the Top 10 in the nation on all six events. Nebraska is sixth on parallel bars (57.217), seventh on high bar (57.550), ninth on vault (62.400) and floor exercise (58.817) and tenth on pommel horse (55.750) and rings (57.100).
Individually in the Top 10, freshman Eric Schryver is fifth in the NCAA on pommel horse with a 15.133 average. Senior Anthony Ingrelli is ninth in the country on rings with a 15.283, while sophomore Andreas Hofer is ninth in the all-around competition with an 85.850.
BUCKEYES PLACE FIRST AT QUAD-MEET
Last time out, Ohio State placed first with a 343.700 team total at a quad-meet at Illinois-Chicago March 6 against UIC, Air Force and Temple. The Buckeyes recorded four event wins on floor exercise, pommel horse, rings and parallel bars.
“The meet went well, but in the end, we need to finish an entire meet,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “If you want to do well, we need to hit all six routines. We are headed into the right direction and I thought today we turned the corner. We are looking forward to being back home next weekend at St. John Arena.”
“We had a pretty good weekend,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “The guys did a really good job in terms of competing as a team. I thought they showed a lot of heart and really fought back after we struggled on high bar. Overall, everything was pretty good in terms what we are trying to do. Echard, Treleaven, Behles and Done all had strong performances for us today.”
Junior Phil Onorato and freshman Jeff Treleaven both claimed the floor exercise title with a 15.000, while junior Ty Echard won pommel horse with a 14.800. Junior Mike Behles posted a 15.200 for first on rings and freshman Kris Done notched a 14.900 for first on horizontal bar.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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 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.
The Buckeyes will conclude the regular season at Michigan at 7 p.m. March 19 in Ann Arbor. The meet will be televised on tape-delayed basis by the Big Ten Network at Noon March 26.