COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team placed first at a quad meet in Chicago Sunday afternoon after posting the best event total on floor exercise, pommel horse, rings and parallel bars with a 343.700 team total at the Physical Education Building on the campus of Illinois-Chicago. No. 12 Air Force took second with a 341.600, while No. 13 UIC scored a 339.000 for third and No. 11 Temple rounded out the meet with a 332.900 for fourth place.
“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.”
On floor, the Buckeyes posted a season-best 59.400 after junior Philip Onorato and freshman Jeff Treleaven claimed career-high scores of 15.000 to tie for first overall. Freshman Kris Done posted a season-best 14.700 along with junior Blaize Monks to tie for fifth, while senior Sean Regan earned a 14.400 mark on the event.
Junior Ty Echard, a 2009 All-American, continued his success on pommel horse by claiming his fourth-consecutive event title. The native of Lancaster, Ohio, Echard performed a 14.800 for his fourth pommel horse victory in 2011 to help the Buckeyes earn the third-highest team total of the season with a 56.400. Junior Mike Behles posted a career-high 14.100 for fourth place, while sophomore John Laing notched a 13.800 for sixth overall.
On rings, Ohio State recorded a season-best 58.700 for its third-consecutive event win in the meet after claiming the Top 3 individual scores. Behles, a native of Wayne, Ill., led the way with a season-high 15.200 followed by Onorato with a 15.100 and Regan with a 14.800. The top score for Behles marks his first event win of the season.
Moving on to vault, Treleaven and Behles finished tied for second overall with 15.700 scores as the Buckeyes placed second with a 62.400 behind Air Force, who won the event with a 62.800. Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand claimed a season-high 15.600, which tied for sixth on vault.
On parallel bars, the Buckeyes claimed their fourth event win with a 56.000. Freshman Misha Koudinov, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, had the OSU high score with a season-best 14.600 for second overall – his second-consecutive Top 3 finish on the event. Behles and Done tied fifth overall with 13.900 performances.
Ohio State scored a 50.800 on high bar with Done highlighting the event for the Buckeyes with a meet-high 14.900 – also a season high for the OSU rookie. Koudinov placed 11th overall with a season-high 13.600.
In the all-around competition, Done had his best performance of the season, tallying an 85.600 for third overall. Nash Mills of Air Force won the all-around with an 86.300, while Kyle Voissem of UIC was second with an 85.800.
The Buckeyes are back in action next weekend as the team concludes the home schedule with a tri-meet vs. Illinois and Nebraska at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. The meet will be televised by Big Ten Network on tape delayed basis, airing at 1 p.m. March 19. The meet vs. the Huskers and Fighting Illini will also be Senior Day for Ohio State.