COLUMBUS, Ohio – Competing at the 41st annual Windy City Invitational Saturday night, the sixth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team finished fourth with a 339.800 in its season opener in Chicago, Ill.
“In our first meet of the season, we showed heart and our guys had a lot of fight in them,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “Just to see them compete in a real competition was great and they kept their heads in the game. We have areas to improve on, but had great performances from Ty Echard on pommel horse, Jeff Treleaven was tremendous on his two events and Brandon Wynn had another strong routine on rings. I thought Kris Donehandled his first all-around competition in his first meet as a Buckeye very well. Overall, the guys fought hard tonight.”
“For the most part, the meet went well,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “We’ve been training them hard to get them into routine shape and they showed a lot of grit out there tonight. We have a plan in place and we are going to stick to it. The purpose of the beginning of the season is to get ready for the end of the year for the Big Ten championships and NCAA championships. Our guys are hungry and that’s what we are looking to see in each competition.”
Fourth-ranked Illinois won the 2011 Windy City title with a team score of 355.400, while No. 2 Michigan took second (346.100). Last season, the Fighting Illini won the Big Ten Championships followed by the Wolverines, while the Buckeyes finished in fourth place.
Minnesota took third place (340.7), while Iowa claimed fifth place (332.8) and host UIC was sixth (327.3).
Leading the way for Ohio State were senior co-captain Brandon Wynn, junior Ty Echard and freshman Jeff Treleaven. Wynn, the 2010 Big Ten and NCAA champion on rings, claimed the event title with a 15.8 score. Echard, a 2009 All-American, won pommel horse with a meet-high 15.4, while Treleaven tied for first place with a 15.9 score in his first collegiate competition as a Buckeye. Freshman Kris Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, finished seventh in the all-around competition with an 80.2. Illinois’ Paul Ruggeri won the all-around title with an 88.9.
On floor exercise, Treleaven was the highlight for the Buckeyes, scoring a 14.2, while sophomore Blaize Monks had a 13.9. Moving on to pommel horse, Echard, a native of Carroll, Ohio, had a solid performance to claim the event title with a 15.4. In 2009, Echard finished third on pommel horse at the NCAA event championships as a freshman. Sophomore John Laing scored a 14.4 for fourth-best overall in the meet in his first performance of 2011. The team notched a 57.2 team event total to tie with Illinois for first place.
Wynn continued what he did all season long in 2010, excel on rings. With the 15.8 score, the reigning NCAA champion helped the Buckeyes tie for first place with the Wolverines with a 57.2 event team total. Philip Onorato, a 2010 All-American, also had a strong performance with a 15.3, which was good for fourth place.
On vault, Ohio State recorded a 61.6 behind Treleaven’s score of 15.9 for first place. Junior Joel Uptmor and senior Sean Regan tied for 11th, with each claiming 15.3 marks. The Buckeyes had a 56.4 event team total on parallel bars and were led by Wynn, who notched a 14.5 score, which tied for sixth overall. Done recorded Ohio State’s top score on horizontal bar with a 14.1, tying for sixth, while Wynn claimed a 13.9 score.
Making their Ohio State debut at the Windy City Invitational were redshirt freshman Michael Newburger and freshman Misha Koudinov.
The Buckeyes next travel to Norman, Okla., for a dual meet against the Sooners at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 22.