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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will send six student-athletes to the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge held Thursday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Sports Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The Buckeyes will be competing for a spot on the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Senior National Team.

Interim co-head coaches Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson, will lead the group comprised of senior co-captain and current U.S. national team member Brandon Wynn, senior Sean Regan, juniors Ty Echard and Philip Onorato, sophomore Blaize Monks and freshman Jeff Treleaven. Current volunteer assistant coach and former Buckeye Tai Lee will also be competing.

The athletes are divided into three sessions of approximately 43 competitors in each for preliminary competition. The Buckeyes will be competing in Session 1, which starts at 10:00 a.m. PST, and Session 3, beginning at 7:45 p.m. PST. The Top 42 athletes will qualify for final competition according to the Men’s Program Committee (MPC) approved points system. Event finals will be held Saturday beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST.

The seven 2010 World Championships Team members (6 team members plus alternate) will retain their place on the Senior National Team until the 2011 Visa Championships. The remaining eight members of the Senior National Team will be determined at the event by the following:

  • The top ranked all-around athlete (not already of the senior national team) based on a total of two days of competition.
  • Four athletes selected by rank order using the National Team Points Program.
  • Two athletes selected by the Men’s Program Committee.
  • One athlete selected by the national team coordinator.

LIVE RESULTS AVAILABLE
Live results of the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge will be available at www.usagymnastics.org and on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

2010 WINTER CUP PERFORMANCE
In 2010, the Buckeyes had three athletes advance to the finals of the 2010 Winter Cup Challenge. Highlighting the elite national event was Brandon Wynn, who won the rings U.S. title with a two-day total of 30.55. Ty Echard, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, finished tied for 15th on pommel horse with a two-day total of 27. 45.

Watch the video interviews of both Wynn and Echard above previewing the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge.

RECAP FROM OKLAHOMA
Last week, the Buckeyes fell to then-No. 4 Oklahoma, 340.50-358.350, in their first road dual meet of the 2011 campaign in Norman, Okla.  Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn won the rings event with a season-high 16. 1, while junior Ty Echard led the Buckeyes on pommel horse with a 15.25, tying for first with Oklahoma’s Alex Naddour.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will open the home schedule next week, hosting Brockport at 4 p.m. ET Feb. 12 at St. John Arena.