COLUMBUS, Ohio – The tenth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will begin the 2011 Big Ten dual season at fourth-ranked Penn State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa. The conference match-up will be aired on the Big Ten Network on tape delay basis, with the broadcast set for Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. The meet will also feature the 17th-ranked OSU women’s gymnastics squad taking on the tenth-ranked Nittany Lions.
LIVE STATS AVAILABLE
Live scoring for the meet vs. the Nittany Lions will be available at gopsusports.com. Links to live stats are on the Buckeye men’s gymnastics schedule page.
BUCKEYES TOP THE POLLS
Ohio State continues has several members at the top of the national rankings based on a three-score average. Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn continues to hold the top spot in the nation on rings (15.867). Last season, Wynn, the defending NCAA champion, held the No. 1 ranking on the event with a 15.990 national qualifying score (NQS). Junior Ty Echard is second (15.400) on pommel horse behind Daniel Ribeiro of Illinois (15.933). On vault, freshman Jeff Treleaven is tied for the third spot with a 15.967 average with DJ Repp of Minnesota.
As a team Ohio State continues to hold Top 10 rankings on five events. The Scarlet and Gray hold the seventh spot on both pommel horse (56.017) and are eighth on rings (57.450). On the high bar the team ranks eighth with a 55.817 team average. Rounding out the standings for the squad are two ninth place rankings on both floor and vault scoring a 56.650 and 61.867 team average, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State defeated Brockport, 348.250-273.000, in the 2011 home opener at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes posted the event totals of the season on floor exercise (58.450), vault (63.200) and parallel bars (56.700) and claimed wins on each apparatus vs. the Golden Eagles.
“We are definitely on the right track,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “We were struggling in the first two meets and had to count some mistakes. There are always things you can improve. The funny thing about gymnastics is you are always striving for perfection and it’s almost unheard of. We have a team that can score close to 360.000-370.000. I liked the fight from beginning to end and that’s what we’ve been talking to these guys about. Today they went all the way through and the fight was there.”
“I thought today we showed a lot of heart and a lot of energy,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “The guys really stepped up. The one thing we’ve been looking for out of the guys is to bring out more energy and more emotion into the competition and to focus on their own routines. We still have to hit some more routines. From top to bottom, we still have to get more consistency. Those are things we need to work on, but we’re getting a little bit better and we’re getting to where we want to be.”
On floor exercise, Jeff Treleaven posted a season-high 14.950, while Brandon Wynn placed second with a 14.800. Next on pommel horse, Ty Echard won the event with a season-high 15.550. John Laing was second with a 14.300.On rings, Wynn, the 2010 NCAA champion, led the team with a solid 15.700. Sean Regan posted a season-high 14.500. The Top four Buckeyes on vault all tied season best scores. Trealeaven led the way with an impressive 16.100, while Mike Behles came in second with a 15.500. Completing the team score were Done and Uptmor with a pair of 15.350s. On parallel bars, Wynn claimed his second event even with a season-high 15.200. Behles placed second overall with a career-high 14.200. On the final event, Blaize Monks had his best performance on the routine to pick up the victory, claiming a career-best 14.700.
BIG TEN GYMNAST, FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Jeff Treleaven, a freshman on the Buckeye squad, was named Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week Feb. 14 after his performance in the victory vs. Brockport. Treleaven, a native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., earns his first gymnast of the week honor, while claiming his second freshman of the week accolade. Earlier this season, the Buckeye rookie was named the conference’s Freshman of the Week Jan. 17. Treleaven notched two first-place finishes, posting season-highs of 16.100 on vault and 14.950 on floor exercise. The newcomer also tied for third on parallel bars, finishing with a 13.650.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Penn State topped No.2 Illinois last weekend 352.100-351.000 on the road to remain undefeated in 2011. The Nittany Lions posted season high scores on floor (59.500) and vault (63.400) to win both events as well as winning rings (60.500). With its performance, Penn State swept the Big Ten awards last week with sophomore Parker Raque earning Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the week honors and Francisco Vazquez earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Penn State is ranked nationally in the top fix in all six events including the No.1 ranking on rings. The Nittany Lions are second on pommel horse, third on vault and floor, fourth on parallel bars and fifth on high bar. The team is led by sophomore Felix Aronovich, who is ranked on four events this season (pommel horse, rings, parallel bars, and high bar). Sophomore Scott Rosenthal holds the highest ranking for a Nittany Lion with the No. 2 spot on rings behind Brandon Wynn.
Penn State leads the series 26-24 with Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have won the past four dual meets against the Buckeyes. In2009, Ohio State fell to Penn State in its last visit to Happy Valley, 347.600-346.500.
The Buckeyes are led by interim co-head coaches Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson after both serving as assistant coaches for the program last season.
Stibel, in his 10th season overall at Ohio State, has helped coach the Buckeyes to four Big Ten championships (2002, ’05, ’06 and ’07). For his work in the 2007 season, Stibel garnered his first-career Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolade. A four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes (1996-99), Stibel was a member of the 1996 NCAA champion team.
Wilson, an assistant coach on the Buckeye staff since 2009, has brought a wealth of knowledge to the gym after competing in three Olympics as a member of the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics National Team (Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004). The most decorated Buckeye in program history, Wilson competed from 1994-97 for the Buckeyes and helped guided the squad to its second national title in 1996.
Dick Huntwork, a 2002 All-American and member of the Ohio State squad from 2000-03, joins the men’s gymnastics coaching staff as an assistant coach. Huntwork, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, helped lead the Buckeyes to their third NCAA national championship in 2001.
A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
Senior Brandon Wynn returns to the Buckeye program after a successful summer not only in national competitions, but on the world stage. Wynn, the 2010 NCAA and Big Ten champion on rings, won the U.S. national rings title at the 2010 VISA championships Aug. 14 in Hartford, Conn. With a two-day total of 32.25, the native of Voorhees, N.J., became the first Buckeye to take the rings title since two-time Olympian Raj Bhavsar won the event at the 2004 championships.
With his third-place finish in the all-around with a career-high 90.0 in the finals at the U.S. national championships, Wynn was named to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second-consecutive year and earned a spot on his first U.S. World Team.
The Buckeye traveled to the 2010 World Artistic Championships Oct. 17-24 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Wynn competed on five events in the qualification rounds, including floor exercise, still rings, vault parallel bars and horizontal bars. He competed on rings and floor for the Americans in the finals, posting a team-high 15.533 on rings and second-best U.S. score on floor exercise with 14.3. The U.S. national team finished fourth at the world championships.
WYNN, HARDY NAMED 2011 CAPTAINS
Senior Brandon Wynn and sophomore Elliott Hardy were named co-captains from the 2011 season, interim co-head coaches Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson announced. Wynn, the 2010 NCAA and Big Ten rings champion, had a summer to remember after being named to his second U.S. national team after claiming the U.S. natio al rings title at the 2010 VISA Championships Aug. 14 in Hartford, Conn. Wynn, who also finished third overall in the all-around competition, also earned a spot on the U.S. World Team, competing at the 2010
Ohio State hits the road for the second-consecutive week, traveling to Chicago for a quad-meet vs. UIC, Air Force and Temple at 2 p.m. March 6.