Steven Spencer finishes third on pommel horse

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brandon Wynn, a junior All-American on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, won the 2010 USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge rings title with a two-day total of 30.55 Saturday night at the Las Vegas Sports Center. At the prelims Thursday, the Voorhees, N.J., native recorded a 15.15 and added a 15.4 at the finals. Both tallies served as meet highs, respectively. With his performance, Wynn has now made his second-consecutive U.S. Senior National Team.

Wynn becomes the first Buckeye to win a USA event title since Jimmy Wickham (2005-08) won the vault title at the Winter Cup Challenge in 2006. Jonathan Horton, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, finished second on rings with a score of 30.05. Overall, Wynn finished seventh on vault and 17th in the all-around with two-day totals of 31.65 and 167.75, respectively.

Sophomore Steven Spencer finished third on the pommel horse, scoring a 14.05 at the finals for a two-day total of 29.10. At the prelims, Spencer had scored a 15.05 to sit in third heading into the finals. Alexander Naddour of Oklahoma won the event with a two-day total of 29.90 while Chris Cameron of Michigan took second with a 29.35.

Ty Echard, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, finished tied for 15th on horse. Echard had scored a 14.35 at the prelims but could not repeat his performance, earning a 13.10 at the finals for a two-day total of 27.45.

Former Buckeye Jake Bateman (2006-09) posted a Top 10 all-around finish, placing ninth with a two-day score of 169.75. Bateman entered the finals with an 85.35 all-around total for fifth place Thursday and added an 84.40 Saturday to secure a Top 10 finish. Overall, the two-time All-American for Ohio State placed in the Top 10 of three events, tying for seventh on floor (29.35) and earning eighth place on vault (31.55) and high bar (28.05). At the finals, his best marks came on vault (15.80), floor (14.85) and high bar (14.15).