Wynn wins rings with program-high 16.1; takes second in all-around
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Competing at the 40th annual Windy City Invitational Saturday night, the seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team turned in a strong performance, finishing third with a 347.15 in its season opener in Chicago.

“We did a good job tonight and it was a much better start than we had last year,” Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach, said. “We know where we are now and where we stand so we can get back to work in Columbus.”

Fifth-ranked Illinois won the 2010 Windy City title with a team score of 353.75 while No. 4 Michigan took second (351.35). A season ago the Illini and Wolverines tied for first at the Big Ten championships while the Buckeyes took third.

On the bottom half of the standings, No. 10 Iowa took fourth (339.6) and No. 8 Minnesota fifth (337.65) while No. 11 and invite host UIC finished sixth (328.75).

Leading the way for Ohio State were all-arounders Brandon Wynn and Tai Lee. Wynn, a junior captain from Voorhees, N.J., won rings, tying his career high with a 16.1, en route to an 87.6 all-around tally for second place. Lee, a senior from Orlando, Fla., followed in third with a score of 85.95 in his first meet since March 21, 2009. Illinois’ Paul Ruggeri won the all-around with an 88.6.

After a slow start on floor, Ohio State picked up steam during the remaining five events.

Justin Myers and Shachar Tal kicked off their senior seasons by earning a pair of 14.45s to tie for 10th, leading the squad to a 56.95 event total. Moving on to pommel horse, the Buckeyes scored a 55.25 behind Top 10 finishes from sophomore All-American Ty Echard and Lee. Echard, who finished third in the nation on horse a season ago, posted a score of 14.0 for seventh while Lee had a 13.95 for eighth.

Wynn continued what he did all season long in 2009, excel on rings. With the score of 16.1, the All-American tied his career high, as well as the Ohio State program record he set vs. Michigan last March. The Buckeyes won the event with a 60.2, distancing themselves from the rest of the field by nearly one and a half points on rings. Philip Onorato, the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and conference runner-up on the event, added a 15.1 for fourth while Tal continued to produce for the Buckeyes with a 14.7 to tie for seventh.

On vault, Ohio State recorded a 61.05 behind Wynn’s score of 15.65 for sixth and an eighth-place finish (15.55) from Onorato. The team then notched a second-place finish on parallel bars with an event total of 57.05. On the fifth event, Wynn again led the squad with a 14.5 on p-bars to end the competition in third. Tal added a 14.35 for seventh and Myers a 14.15 for 10th.

Wrapping things up, the Buckeyes earned another second-place event finish, scoring a 56.65 on high bar with Tal, Wynn and Myers notching Top 10 marks. With a 14.65, Tal received Ohio State’s best mark to take fourth while Wynn had a 14.55 for sixth and Myers a 14.2 for 10th.

Making their Ohio State debut at the Windy City Invitational were freshmen Blaize Monks and John Laing.

After a bye week, the Scarlet and Gray return home for a dual meet against the Illini at 1 p.m. Jan. 30 in St. John Arena.