In the 2008 season, Ohio State freshman Brandon Wynn has gone above and beyond what is expected from a true freshman. As the only Buckeye to compete the all-around at all-seven Ohio State meets, he has provided the team with consistency in a year beset with injuries by battling through his first collegiate gymnastics season.
“I anticipated the transition from club to college gymnastics was going to be hard,” Wynn said. “But it ended up not being as hard as I expected. As each week passed by, it became easier and easier to compete.”
The Voorhees, N.J., native made the move from club to college gymnastics look easy, steadily improving his score in the all-around each week. Now, Wynn enters the NCAA championships as the only rookie ranked in the GymInfo national rankings’ Top 10 in the all-around, landing in eighth with an 85.65 average. The freshman only trails five seniors and two juniors in the national standings.
“I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I have,” Wynn said. “But I started working out at Ohio State and was inspired by all my teammates. They really helped push me along. I really don’t focus on the rankings because once we hit the floor, it’s a clean slate and anyone can place anywhere. But it does show that I have worked hard over the year.”
And the rookie has worked hard this season, finishing sixth in the all-around at his first Big Ten championships. Wynn scored an 85.55, just .05 points behind Michigan’s Thomas Kelley, the Big Ten’s rookie of the year, to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors April 4.
Because of his dedication and work effort, Wynn has shown his ability to compete along side the nation’s best collegiate gymnasts. He currently owns the No. 1 average among his conference counterparts on rings (14.71), the second-best average on high bar (14.42) and the third-highest parallel bars average with a 14.27. On vault, Wynn comes in at No. 5 in the Big Ten with a 15.5 average.
But climbing the GymInfo national rankings does have it’s downside in a sport so tolling on the body as the freshman found out.
“I’m a little sore after all the competitions,” Wynn said. “But we have one left and I’m doing what I can to stay healthy and help the team hopefully qualify for the NCAA team championships this week.”
Wynn and the seventh-seeded Buckeyes start their 2008 NCAA Championships campaign at 4 p.m. today. Follow the team on live stats available on the men’s gymnastics schedule page.