Feb. 6, 2013
Schedule of Events (All Times PST)
Thursday, Feb. 7 – Session 1 (Prelims) – 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7 – Session 2 (Prelims) – 7:15-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 – Session 3 (Finals) – 7:15-9:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three current and one former member of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will compete at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge Thursday-Saturday at the LV Sports Center in Las Vegas. Freshman Jake Martin, redshirt junior Michael Newburger, junior co-captain Kris Done and former Buckeye Ty Echard will all compete for a spot on the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Senior National Team.
“This is a good meet for our guys to see how the other teams are doing,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We’re treating this meet as another step in the progression towards the regular season as well as both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.”
Jake Martin (2012-Present)
A native of Oviedo, Fla., Martin has started his collegiate career on a strong note. The true freshman claimed an individual event title on high bar and placed second on pommel horse in his debut collegiate meet at the Windy City Invitational, scoring a 15.250 and 15.150, respectively. He followed those performances with a third-place finish on high bar (14.750) at the Metroplex Challenge. Against No. 1 Penn State, Martin won his second high bar event title of the season with a career-high 15.500, tied for second on vault with a career-high 15.050, and finished third on pommel horse with a 14.950. After just three meets, Martin currently ranks No. 1 in the individual All Around (88.000) heading into the Winter Cup. A three-time U.S. junior national team member (2009-11), this will be Martin’s second time competing at the Winter Cup.
“I want to go into the competition and show the committee what I’ve been working on,” Martin said. “I have a lot of upgrades right now. I’m not perfect and I didn’t plan to be perfect at this point in the season but hopefully they’ll see what I’ve been working on and the potential that I have for later in the season.”
Michael Newburger (2010-Present)
Newburger, an event specialist on pommel horse, earned his first All-American honor on the event last season after finishing in third with a 15.10 at the NCAA Event Finals. The Austin, Texas, native started the season with an eighth-place finish on pommel horse (14.700) at the Windy City Invitational, before placing second at the Metroplex Challenge with a 15.00. Newburger claimed the individual event title against No. 1 Penn State, posting a career-high 15.400 to finish in first place.
“I’m looking forward to the whole experience,” Newburger said. “I want to go into the competition and hit and see what happens. I’m going to try not to put too much pressure on, and have a good experience and come away learning something from it.”
Kris Done (2011-Present)
Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, earned his second-consecutive All-American honor on high bar last season after finishing fifth overall with a 14.700 at the NCAA Individual Event Finals, having missed the majority of the season due to injury. In 2011, Done earned his first career All-American laurel with a fifth-place finish on high bar (15.000) at the NCAA Individual Event Finals.
At the Windy City Invitational this season, Done placed just outside of the top 10 on high bar posting a 14.150 to finish 11th. Against No. 1 Penn State, Done claimed three top 10 finishes as he placed second on high bar with a 15.100, ninth on parallel bars with a 13.400 and 10th on pommel horse with a 13.900.
“I’m planning to go into the competition, have fun with it and hit all six events,” Done said.
Ty Echard (2009-12)
Echard, a pommel horse specialist, is making his second appearance at the Winter Cup. The former Buckeye and Carroll, Ohio, native won the bronze medal on pommel horse at last year’s event, while also tying for fourth place at the 2012 National Qualifier. In 2011, Echard placed second at both the National Qualifier and the Visa Championships.
Echard, a Nissen-Emery Award finalist (2012), two-time All-American on pommel horse (2009 and 2011) and two-time second team All-Big Ten selection (2010 and 2011) continues to hold the Ohio State pommel horse record with a 15.70.