January 25, 1999

The Buckeye senior class remained undefeated at home in dual meet competition with a 226.250-223.600 win over Michigan State.This weekend, Ohio State travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on a talented, young Michigan team as well as Illinois. This meet will be the teams first tri-meet of the season, giving head coach Miles Avery reason to be cautious. “This will be our character test of the young season. Michigan has very talented youth and Illinois, after finishing third in the country last year has not really lost much.” %^$

THIS TIME, STIBEL’S THE ALL-AROUND GUY%^$Doug Stibel led the way for Ohio State against Michigan State over the weekend, winning the floor exercise (9.600), vault (9.800) and high bar (9.800) and capping off the night with a win in the all-around competition (55.950). %^$

SIZING UP THE COMPETITION%^$Ohio State met both Michigan and Illinois earlier this season at the Windy City Invitational, with the Buckeyes coming out on top with 225.000 points, behind repeat-champion Iowas 226.675. The Wolverines and Illini were breathing down Ohio States neck, though, as Michigan finished third with 224.050 points and Illinois was fourth with 223.400 points. Michigan could have possibly one of the best all-arounders in the country in freshman Daniel Diaz-Luoung, figuring to size up quite nicely with Stibel and Elsner from Ohio State. %^$

LEADING THE NATION%^$After the first week of competition, several Buckeyes were among the nation’s leaders. Among them, Tim Elsner leads the nation in the floor exercise, is fourth in the all-around competition and tied for ninth in the parallel bars. Jamie Natalie stands third in the floor exercise, sixth on the pommel horse and ninth on the parallel bars. Rahsaan Williams is ninth on the still rings, while Daren Lynch is tied for sixth on the vault. Doug Stibel is third on the high bar and Jay Nardelli is tied for fifth on the high bar. %^$