OSU signee, son of assistant coach Dmitri Bilozertchev, scores an 84.75 in the all-around

COLUMBUS, Ohio Alexy Bilozertchev, who signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to join the Ohio State men’s gymnastics program last fall, tallied an 84.75 in the all-around Wednesday, finishing fourth at the U.S. Men’s Qualifier in Colorado Springs, Colo. Bilozertchev, the son of Buckeye assistant coach and two-time world champion Dmitri Bilozertchev, automatically qualified for the 2008 VISA Championships with the mark. Last year, the Hilliard, Ohio, native won the VISA Championships all-around title in the junior division.

In total 14 gymnasts advanced to the VISA Championships, May 22-24 at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. The championships will determine the field for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials held June 19-22 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia,

At the qualifier, Todd Thornton won the all-around with an 88.4. The Houston native was followed by Joe Hagerty with an 87.8 in second and Danell Leyva in third (84.85). Bilozertchev’s best finish came on parallel bars with a score of 14.7 to tie for fifth. He also finished ninth on vault with a 15.5.

2008-Olympic hopeful Morgan Hamm was schedule to compete at the national qualifier but pulled out Wednesday because of illness. Also competing at the USA qualifier was OSU signee Philip Onorato, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the 2007 signing period. Onorato tied for fourth on rings and ninth on parallel bars with scores of 14.85 and 14.5, respectively.

Hamm, of Waukesha, Wis., will petition the Men’s Program Committee to gain entry into the VISA Championships. The committee will decide on all petitions on Friday.