Dec. 20, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team held its group intrasquad scrimmage Friday in St. John Arena in front of a handful of friends, family and supporters. The team was split into two groups, Scarlet and Gray, and competed in all six events. When the scores were tallied, the Gray team prevailed over the scarlet, 149.4 to 145.7.

Ryan Schwartzkopf (Sr./Columbus, Ind.) executed the highest scoring performance of the event on pommel horse, where he recorded a 9.9 for the Gray. Dick Huntwork (Sr./Pickerington) scored a 9.6 on floor and was the high scorer for the Scarlet. Raj Bhavsar (Sr./Houston, Texas) recorded a 9.5 for the scarlet squad on pommel horse, the only event he competed in.

“Just getting in here (St. John Arena) to do a set in uniform is great for down the road,” Schwartzkopf said. “It is early in the season. For some, it is a wake up call. It is good to see where we are as a team.”

“It is a hard way to do a workout,” Miles Avery, head coach, said about the scrimmage. “We prepare to win at the end and we want to feel comfortable here (St. John Arena) for the Big Ten championships.”

The event marks the last time the team will meet before winter break. The next event is against the alumni at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility. That will be the last exhibition match before the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 11 in Chicago, Ill.

“They have had tough practices but after break they should be fresh,” Arnold Kvetenadze, assistant coach, said. “They have some fear (about performing in St. John) and it is good to get rid of it (by competing in St. John). This event helps the athletes find a place on the team. We are optimistic for this season.”