Kingsport, Tenn., native places 14th in the all-around at Winter Cup Challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State senior all-arounder Jake Bateman concluded the 2009 Winter Cup Challenge in 14th with a two-day total of 168.3 Saturday at the Las Vegas Sports Center in Las Vegas.

Facing competition that featured the nation’s Top 42 athletes, the Buckeyes saw sophomore Brandon Wynn, a native of Voorhees, N.J., place 26th (139.85) while Philip Onorato, a freshman from Plano, Texas, ended the competition in 28th (138.1).

At the finals, Bateman, a two-time captain for the Ohio State, scored an 83.6 in the all-around. His night was highlighted by a 14.6 on floor and a 15.7 on vault. Based on the Men’s Program Committee approved points ranking system, the Kingsport, Tenn., native was ranked fifth after the first day of competition, collecting 98 points from five Top 10 finishes earned at the qualifier Thursday.

Onorato, who entered Saturday ranked 15th with 68 points, competed on only four events at the second day of the challenge. His best tally of the night came with a 14.4 on rings at the finals.

Wynn also competed on just four events Saturday. After recording an 82.65 for 12th in the all-around on the first night, the sophomore had three great performances at the finals, including a 14.85 on rings, 15.2 on vault and 14.0 on parallel bars.

Steven Spencer, a redshirt-freshman from Pleasanton, Calif., advanced to the finals after capturing second place on pommel horse with a 14.75 at the qualifier. Spencer could not repeat his performance on day two, receiving a 13.5 at the finals.

National Team Selection Process
Seven gymnasts will be named to the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team based on the national team points ranking system and one each will be selected by the Men’s Program Committee and men’s national team coordinator.

The six members of the 2008 U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Olympic Team can petition for spots, and the Men’s Program Committee will name additional members to the senior national team if any Olympic positions are unused. The 15 gymnasts named to the team will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team until the 2009 Visa Championships in August.