April 4, 2005

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Thursday April 7
1 p.m. EDT NCAA Qualifier Session I
7 p.m. EDT NCAA Qualifier Session II

Friday April 8
7 p.m. EDT NCAA Team Championships Session III

Saturday April 9
7 p.m. EDT NCAA Individual Event Finals Session IV

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will prepare for the 2005 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships as the No. 1 overall seed April 7-9 at Holleder Center on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy. OSU looks to qualify for its record 25th-consecutive NCAA team championship. The last time the Buckeyes did not qualify was 1980. Ohio State’s last national championship came in 2001. OSU won NCAA team championships in 1985 and 1996 as well.

The No. 1 ranked Buckeyes (16-2-1; 11-1-1 Big Ten) are coming off a first-place 225.350 performance at the 2005 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tickets to the 2005 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships may be purchased by calling the U.S. Military Academy Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or by logging onto and following the “Tickets” link.

An all sessions pass is $32 for adults and $20 for students. Both sessions I and II are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Sessions III and IV are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

ESPN2 will televise the 2005 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Team Championships on tape-delay at 2 p.m. April 13.

Based on the National Qualifying Average (NQA), which is the average of a program’s highest scores, including a doubled conference meet score, the Top 12 schools, as well as the Top 6 all-arounders and individual event specialists, not on a competing team will vie for a spot in the team and event finals. The Top 3 team, all-around and event participants will advance to the finals April 8-9.

Ohio State last claimed the NCAA title in 2001 in its home gym at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes scored a 218.125 and boasted three event champions.

In 1996, OSU took the crown with a score of 232.15. Former Buckeye Blaine Wilson captured three event titles, including the all-around and Drew Durbin won pommel horse.

The Buckeyes secured their first NCAA title in 1985, tallying a 285.35. Noah Riskin and Seth Riskin were co-champions on parallel bars.

Then-No. 5 Ohio State posted a fourth-place and season-high score of 221.350 April 4, 2004 at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. No. 3 Penn State took the national title with 223.350 points and No. 2 Oklahoma (222.30), along with No. 3 Illinois (222.225) rounded out the Top 3. Buckeye junior captain Randy Monahan, who placed third in the all-around with a score of 55.725, earned All-America honors for the second-consecutive year by finishing in the Top 6.

Following a bye in the first rotation, Ohio State began the meet on floor where it posted a second-place 37.225. On pommel horse the Buckeyes recorded a 36.075 to finish sixth. OSU followed the pommel horse rotation with a strong performance on rings, scoring a first-place 37.6. Up next for Ohio State was vault where the team finished fifth, posting a team season-high 37.350. After finishing sixth on parallel bars (35.2), the Buckeyes rebounded with a 37.9 on high bar to lead all teams.

Three Buckeyes earned All-America honors. Kerry Adderly’s 8.937 on parallel bars (seventh) garnered him his third career All-America title. Ronald Ferris to secure his first accolade and Randy Monahan’s 9.312 on high bar (eighth) helped him earn his fourth All-America honor. (The Top 6 U.S. born gymnasts competing in the individual championships claimed All-America status.)

Adderly and Monahan also competed on floor where they scored a 9.075 (eighth) and a 9.05 (ninth), respectively. On rings Monahan recorded a 9.437 to finish seventh and Cody Trobaugh posted a 9.312 to finish ninth.

Ohio State heads into the NCAA championships as the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time since 2002. As they are in 2005, the Buckeyes were the Big Ten champions in 2002 and qualified for the team championships for a then-team record 22 times.

Ohio State claimed its 10th Big Ten championships with a score of 225.350 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes swept the top spots on high bar to record a program-best 38.775 and won floor (tied) and parallel bars en route to their first conference championship since 2002.

Following their performances at the Big Ten championships, DJ Bucher, Ronald Ferris and Randy Monahan were named to the 2005 All-Big Ten Team. Bucher won his first-career accolade after finishing first on parallel bars, scoring a 9.737. Ferris defended his high bar crown with a tally of 9.862 and Monahan earned his fifth overall laurel, capturing rings (9.687) and placing fourth in the all-around (55.3).

Ohio State head coach Miles Avery was named 2005 Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding the Buckeyes to their first conference championship since 2002. Avery also last earned league coach of the year accolades in 2001 and 2002.

During the Big Ten team championships, Ohio State tallied an OSU-best 38.775 on high bar. The Buckeyes also recorded a season-high 37.9 on floor. Ohio State’s former record on high bar was a 38.00 set vs. California and Oklahoma Feb. 13, 2004.

The Buckeyes are the only team in the nation to be ranked in the Top 3 on all six events. Ohio State is No. 1 in the nation on floor (37.405), parallel bars (36.935) and high bar (38.300). OSU is No. 3 on pommel horse (37.115), rings (37.960) and vault (37.175).

Individually, Ohio State boasts two Buckeyes who stand atop the individual national rankings. Freshman DJ Bucher is the top parallel bars competitor, averaging 9.747 points and Willie Ito owns the No.1 ranking on high bar (9.815). Bucher also is seventh on pommel horse (9.435). Junior Ronald Ferris is second in the nation on high bar, compiling a score of 9.802 and is fifth on pommel horse, averaging 9.517 points. Randy Monahan is third, fourth and fifth on high bar (9.73), rings (9.75) and floor (9.57), respectively. Cody Trobaugh is ninth on rings (9.645), while freshman Jimmy Wickham is the top Buckeye competitor on vault at eighth place (9.38). Sophomore Nicholaus Searcy is tied for sixth on parallel bars (9.33).

In the Big Ten, Ohio State is No. 1 on floor, parallel bars and high bar. The Buckeyes do not rank below third on any event, as they are second on pommel horse and rings and third in the league on vault.

DJ Bucher, Willie Ito and Randy Monahan are first on parallel bars, high bar and rings, respectively, in the Big Ten. Bucher also is fifth on pommel horse and Monahan is third on floor and high bar. Ronald Ferris is second on high bar and third on pommel horse, while Nicholaus Searcy and Cody Trobaugh are third on rings and fourth on parallel bars, respectively.

The Buckeyes recorded 37 individual first place finishes during the 2005 regular season.

Ohio State first place finishes by meet:
Windy City Invite – 2
Minnesota – 5
Illinois-Chicago – 6
Illinois – 3
Cal/Stanford – 4
Nebraska – 5
Penn State – 5
Oklahoma – 1
Michigan – 6

In addition to owning the top NCAA team score (226.9), the Buckeyes also recorded the first (223.4 vs. Illinois), second (222.675 vs. Oklahoma) and third-best (222.075 vs. Penn State) NCAA road team scores this season.

OSU has swept all six events in four meets this season. Ohio State recently claimed every event against Michigan March 13. The Buckeyes also won each event vs. Nebraska (Feb. 18), Illinois-Chicago (Jan. 22) and Minnesota (Jan. 15).

Last season, Ohio State swept all six events only once (Illinois-Chicago – Jan. 24, 2004).

Ohio State has swept the Top 3 spots on an event 14 times during the regular season. Against Minnesota (Jan. 15) a trio of Buckeyes captured parallel bars and high bar. OSU continued its success vs. Illinois-Chicago, (Jan. 22) claiming the Top 3 positions on all six events. In its meet vs. Illinois (Jan. 29), OSU swept rings, while against Nebraska (Feb. 18) the Buckeyes nabbed pommel horse and high bar. OSU’s last sweep came against Penn State Feb. 26. Ohio State captured floor, pommel horse and rings.

The Buckeyes have notched Ohio State all-time team records on five-of-six events. OSU tallied a team-best 38.6 on pommel horse (vs. Nebraska), 38.55 on rings (vs. Illinois), 37.8 on vault (vs. Michigan), 37.35 on parallel bars (vs. Michigan) and a 38.775 on high bar (Big Ten championships).

Six Buckeyes rewrote the Ohio State all-time record books throughout the 2005 season. In his first collegiate meet, freshman DJ Bucher recorded a 9.85 on parallel bars at the Windy City Invitational to surpass Raj Bhavsar’s 9.65. Pejman Ebrahimi tied teammate’s Randy Monahan’s OSU record of 9.55 on vault against Nebraska and junior Ronald Ferris compiled a 9.925 on high bar vs. Nebraska to best Monahan’s 9.85. Willie Ito nabbed a 9.9 on pommel horse vs. Nebraska and Michigan to top his own record of 9.65 and Monahan notched a 9.925 on rings to better Daren Lynch’s 9.8. Freshman David Ortiz rounds out the Buckeyes earning spots in the all-time record book with his 9.65 recorded vs. Michigan to best Monahan’s 9.55.

In his first all-around competition of the 2005 season, senior Randy Monahan notched an OSU-record and NCAA second-best 56.55 vs. Michigan. Monahan bested his personal best of 56.5, which was recorded last year against Minnesota (Jan. 17, 2004).

Freshman DJ Bucher has won seven-of-nine parallel bars events during the 2005 regular season. Bucher has not placed lower than second on the apparatus and has scored a 9.55 or higher seven out of nine occasions on the event.

DJ Bucher has been the No. 1 national and Big Ten parallel bars competitor for 11-consecutive weeks. Senior Randy Monahan has been atop the national rings ranking for eight weeks, including seven-consecutive. Monahan also was the No. 1 rings competitor for 11-consecutive weeks in the Big Ten.

Senior Randy Monahan earned two Big Ten Gymnast of the Week accolades following strong performances vs. Penn State (Feb. 26) and Michigan (March 12). Against the Nittany Lions, Monahan secured two first-place finishes, scoring a 9.55 on floor and a 9.725 on rings. The second-year co-captain also placed second on vault with a season-best 9.5 and concluded the competition tied for second on high bar, tallying a 9.55.

In his final home meet vs. the Wolverines, the Elizabethtown, Pa., native helped lead the No. 1 Buckeyes to a NCAA team record 226.9 with his Ohio State best 56.55 in the all-around. The senior co-captain’s all-around score is the second-highest NCAA tally since 2000 and surpasses his former all-around career best of 56.5, posted vs. Minnesota Jan. 17, 2004. Monahan also finished first on floor with a season-high 9.650 and rings with a score of 9.85.

Randy Monahan is a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, an honor that is annually presented to the outstanding senior male collegiate gymnast in the nation. The winner will be announced at the NCAA/CGA yearly banquet at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at West Point, N.Y.

“It is really a big honor to be a finalist for this award,” Monahan said. “To be thought of as one of the best gymnasts in the country by the judges and your peers is a great feeling.”

College gymnastics coaches, student-athletes and accredited college gymnastics judges across the nation are requested to submit nominations. Gymnasts receiving 60 percent of the nominations are placed on a final ballot and voted upon by those same coaches, student-athletes and judges.

In addition to gymnastics excellence, the winner also must fulfill the following requirements: He must be an example of good sportsmanship and fair play. He must maintain a high standard of scholarship throughout his college career.

OSU Nissen-Emery Award Winners
2001 – Jamie Natalie
1997 – Blain Wilson
1994 – Kip Simons
1990 – Mike Racanelli

Since Miles Avery became head coach of the Buckeyes in 1998, he has coached 38 All-Americans and six NCAA individual event and all-around champions.

Raj Bhavsar was OSU’s last NCAA event winner, capturing the all-around title in 2002.

Current Buckeye All-Americans:
Kerry Adderly – 3 (floor – 2002 and 2003), (parallel bars – 2004)
Ronald Ferris – 1 (high bar – 2004)
Randy Monahan – 4 (high bar – 2002 and 2004), all-around – 2003 and 2004)

Seniors Randy Monahan and Cody Trobaugh were selected team captains for the 2005 season by their teammates.

The honor is the first for Trobaugh and the second for Monahan. The Elizabethtown, Pa., native served as co-captain last season.