COLUMBUS Ohio-After a home victory against California last Saturday, the Buckeyes are holding steady at No. 5 in the GymInfo national poll as the team enters a home challenge against No. 2 Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The Scarlet and Gray currently hold a 348.100 team average.
Fans can track the progress of the Buckeyes via live streaming and scoring on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links for the live events can be accessed on the men’s gymnastics schedule page and is free of charge.
A SALUTE TO OUR SENIORS
A Marysville, Ohio, native and son of Steve and Glenna Bell, Michael has been a pommel horse specialist for the Buckeyes the last three years. In 2008, Michael competed at all six Ohio State meets, as well as at the NCAA and Big Ten championships.
A civil engineer major, Michael has won numerous academic honors, including first-team CGA Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete recipient. He plans on continuing his education and obtaining a PhD in structural engineering.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Tai is the son of Oswald and Joy Lee. Tai has competed in every meet for Ohio State during the 2010 season, tallying a career high on rings with a 15.6 and scoring a 15.3 on high bar to tie the program record.
Recruited to Ohio State as one of the nation’s most talented juniors, Tai earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman before suffering from lingering injuries as a sophomore and junior. Still, he has rebounded with a strong finish as a senior, contributing top scores for the Buckeyes.
Hailing from Hinckley, Ohio, Justin is the son of Robert Myers and Justina Saxby. After walking-on to the Ohio State squad as a freshman, Justin’s hard work over the years earned him an athletic scholarship as well as the honor of being named co-captain of the Buckeyes this season.
During his career at Ohio State, Justin has earned the team’s Most Improved honor twice while also standing out in the classroom as a first-team CGA Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete. During the 2010 season, he has competed in every meet for the Scarlet and Gray, posting career highs of 15.35 on floor, 15.8 on vault and 14.9 on parallel bars.
A native from Rehovot, Israel, Shachar is the son of Ami and Yael Tal. As a junior, Shachar finished ninth on rings at the NCAA Individual Event Championships after placing fourth on parallel bars at the Big Ten event championships.
A business major, Shachar has competed in three regular season meets for the Buckeyes, posting season highs of 14.7 on rings and 14.85 on vault. He is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and earned his first Academic All-Big Ten honor as a junior.
BUCKEYES TOP THE POLLS
The Scarlet and Gray continue to top the GymInfo national rankings. Junior captain Brandon Wynn leads the Buckeyes holding the top spot in the nation on rings for the seventh week this season with a 16.033 average. He also is ranked 11th in the country and fourth in the Big Ten on parallel bars holding a 14.733.
Senior Tai Lee places fourth in the NCAA on high bar with a 15.033 which is good for third in the Big Ten. He also ranks fifth in the nation on rings and third in the conference with a 15.133.
Two Buckeyes rank on pommel horse. Sophomore Steven Spencer is fifth in the nation and moves up one spot in the conference with a 14.983. Sophomore Ty Echard is holding strong in ninth in the NCAA and eighth in the Big Ten with a 14.783.
Oklahoma recorded its first loss of the year last week, falling to No.2 Stanford despite scoring a season-high 360.300. The Sooners are currently ranked second in the GymInfo poll and are led this season by junior Steve Legendre and freshman Jacob Dalton. The Sooners have won five NCAA titles since 2000.
The Buckeyes continued their high scoring against the Golden Bears last Saturday, winning with a team score of 351.800 and taking five first-place finishes.
Senior Justin Myers won floor with a career-best 15.35, sophomore Steven Spencer won pommel horse with a season-best 15.4, junior Brandon Wynn took rings with a 16.0, sophomore Mike Behles placed first with a 15.85 on vault while senior Tai Lee and junior Sean Regan tied for first on high bar with matching scores of 14.95.
GOING TO BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tickets for the conference meet are currently on sale. All seating in St. John Arena will be general admission with single-session tickets starting at $8 for adults, $5 for students and youth and $4 for groups of 10 or more. All-session tickets also can be purchased for $14.
Group tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact Mike Johnson in the group sales office at 614-247-1984. Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click on “For the Fans” along the top bar for links), by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office.