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Buckeyes take on No. 8 California at 1 p.m. in St. John Arena

COLUMBUS Ohio- After a big home victory vs. Penn State last Saturday, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team has jumped up two spots to rank fifth in the GymInfo national poll as the team meets No.8 California at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes currently own a 347.175 team average after posting a season-high 353.6 against the Nittany Lions.

All guests are asked to park on the south side of St. John Arena because of heavy traffic from the Ohio State High School Wrestling Tournament at Value City Arena.

ADMISSION IS FREE
Admission for all regular-season Ohio State home gymnastics meets in St. John Arena is free of charge. After Saturday, the Buckeyes will have only one more regular-season meets, a co-ed meet against Oklahoma (4 p.m. March 13), before hosting the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships at 7 p.m. April 2-3.

Tickets for the conference meet are currently on sale. All seating in St. John Arena will be general admission with single-session tickets starting at $8 for adults, $5 for students and youth and $4 for groups of 10 or more. All-session tickets also can be purchased for $14.

Group tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact Mike Johnson in the group sales office at 614-247-1984. Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click on “For the Fans” along the top bar for links), by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office.

BUCKEYES TOP THE RANKINGS
The Scarlet and Gray are topping the individual rankings while the team holds steady at No. 5. Junior captain Brandon Wynn leads the team, ranking first nationally on rings with 15.983 average. The Voorhees, N.J., native also holds 16th on vault in the NCAA and eighth in the conference with a 15.733.

Senior Tai Lee holds the No. 5 spot in the nation and fourth in the conference with a 14.933 average on high bar while ranking 18th in the NCAA and eighth in the Big Ten on rings (14.7). Junior Sean Regan is 19th in the nation on high bar and 11th in the Big Ten with 14.112.

Senior captain Justin Myers stands at 13th for both vault (14.587) and high bar (14.425) nationally. He holds the No. 6 spot in the Big Ten on vault and is eighth in high bar for the conference. Sophomore Philip Onorato leads the team on vault with a 15.687 average that places him 12th in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten.

Three strong competitors for the Buckeyes hold rankings on pommel horse. Sophomore Ty Echard is ninth in the nation while moving up two spots in the Big Ten for seventh with a 14.212 average. Sophomore Steven Spencer is right behind him placing 10th in the NCAA and eighth in the Big Ten. Carmel, Ind., native Matt Rayl is holding strong at 14th nationally and 10th in the conference (14.1).

PENN STATE RECAP
The Buckeyes defeated Penn State, 353.6-347.1, last Saturday. Ohio State had a strong performance, scoring a program-best 58.5 on pommel horse while also notching a season-high 57.2 on parallel bars en route to a season-high team total. The Buckeyes also had three first-place finishes with Ty Echard winning pommel horse (15.55), Brandon Wynn taking rings (16.0) and Justin Myers earning first on parallel bars (14.9). Wynn also led the squad on floor and vault with a 14.4 and 15.55, respectively while Myers and senior Tai Lee tied for the team-high on high bar with a 14.85.

BRANDON WYNN-ER
After a standout sophomore season, Brandon Wynn has picked up where he left off last April. At the 2009 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., Wynn earned his first All-America honor, placing eighth in the all-around with a score of 87.45. The Voorhees, N.J., native earned a Big Ten medal as well last season, finishing third on rings at the conference event finals.

Now as a junior captain, Wynn has won rings at all three meets he has competed in this season. He tied his career high and the OSU program record with a score of 16.1 at the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 16), won with a 15.85 vs. Illinois (Jan. 30) and finish first with a 16.0 vs. Penn State last weekend.

With a 15.983 average, Wynn is the top-ranked gymnast in the NCAA this season.

THE GOLDEN BEARS
The Bears are coming off a bye week and are currently ranked eighth in the GymInfo poll, holding a 3-5 record. California is led by junior Kyle Bunthuwong who was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week for the final week in February. California, like many other teams, has been plagued by numerous injuries forcing them to compete just four gymnasts on many events.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes continue their home stay with a co-ed dual against Oklahoma at 4 p.m. March 13 in St. John Arena.