COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brandon Wynn added another accolade to his already impressive resume with his performance at the 2011 NCAA Championships Friday night at St. John Arena. The senior Buckeye tied for fifth in all-around competition with an 89.350 to earn All-America status for the third time in his decorated career.
“This competition tonight was definitely special for me,” Wynn said. “I suffered a high ankle sprain five weeks ago and the doctors said I wouldn’t be able to land dismounts at this point and to come out and finish fifth in the all-around in the national finals is big. This was one of the most meaningful performances in my gymnastics career to date.”
Wynn, a native of Voorhees, N.J., becomes the first Buckeye to earn All-America status three times since former Buckeye DJ Bucher (2005-08). In all, Ohio State has now garnered 123 All-America honors since it became a varsity sport in 1924. A 2011 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist, Wynn posted three Top 10 scores en route to his fifth place all-around finish. He won the rings competition for the 20th-consecutitve time with a 16.100 score, while also tying for sixth place on parallel bars with a 15.100 and tying for seventh on high bar with a career-high 14.800.
Wynn, the 2010 NCAA rings champion, will look to defend his title at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night at the 2011 NCAA Individual Event Championships.
“I’m just going to try and do what I’ve always done,” Wynn said. “I’m excited to be competing on three events and I’m going to do my best to defend my rings title.”
Along with Wynn, junior Ty Echard, freshman Jeff Treleaven and freshman Kris Done will be competing in the elite individual event competition Saturday night.
Echard, a 2009 All-American on pommel horse, will battle for another accolade after posting a 14.600 to tie for fifth overall on the event.
Treleaven, a 2011 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, will perform his stellar routine on vault Saturday night after notching a 16.050 to tie for seventh overall.
Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, will represent the Scarlet and Gray on high bar after tying for 10th with a 14.600. Done performed in the all-around competition and finished 14th overall with an 85.650.
Three other Buckeyes also were in action Friday night in front of their home crowd and gained valuable championship experience. Freshman Misha Koudinov tied for 34th overall with a 14.700 on floor exercise, whilesenior Sean Regan posted a 12.850 score. Junior Mike Behles scored a 13.700 on the rings event.
Stanford claimed the 100th NCAA title in school history with a 363.450 followed by Oklahoma (361.600) and Illinois (360.150). Freshman Sam Mikulak of Michigan won the all-around competition with a 90.750.
Ohio State’s three NCAA championship teams were honored after the sixth rotation of the championship.
Representing the 1985 squad were Timothy Wilson, Scott Wilson, Steven Merena and coach Walter Buck. From the 1996 team were Frank Ansevin, Drew Durbin, Peter Landry, Michael Morgan, Doug Stibel, Michael Canales, Neil Niemi, Kevin Gibson, Timothy Elsner and Blaine Wilson and assistant coach Miles Avery. The 2001 squad members in attendance were Jamie Natalie, Raj Bhavsar, Adam Elliott, Ben Falkner, Jamey Houle, Dick Huntwork, assistant coach Pete Landry, head coach Avery, athletic trainer Kurt Swinehart, Isaac Monical, Jay Nardelli, Earnest Nelson, Ryan Schwartzkopf, Mitch Claman, Daren Lynch, Justin Natalie, Michael Evans, Eric Van Sickle.