Feb. 26, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 4 Penn State, 222.075-215.5, Saturday evening at the Recreation Building in University Park, Pa. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 10-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in conference action.

OSU started out strong, outscoring PSU by more than a point (37.050-35.725) on floor. The Buckeyes swept the event with senior Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa./Cental Pa., Academy of Gym.) leading the way with a first-place 9.55. Cody Trobaugh (Sr., Dallas, Texas/Houston Gym. Academy) came in second, scoring a 9.35 and Grant Osborne (So., Fort Collins, Colo./USOTC) rounded out the Top 3 with a score of 9.15 for a third-place tie.

The Buckeyes continued their success on the next two events, claiming the Top 3 spots on pommel horse and rings. Ronald Ferris (Jr., Austintown, Ohio/Ohio Gym. Institute) was first on pommel horse, recording a 9.475 to help the Buckeyes to a 36.425-34.4 lead on the apparatus. Freshman DJ Bucher (Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gym.) and Osborne finished second and third, notching a 9.3 and a 9.25, respectively. Monahan captured his second event of the night on rings when he compiled a 9.725 for first. Bucher and Trobaugh followed, tied for second, scoring a 9.6 a piece. The sweep pushed Ohio State ahead on the event by .85 points (38.025-37.175)

With three rotations remaining, the Buckeyes held a 111.50-107.3 advantage over the Nittany Lions. PSU won its only event of the meet on vault, where it outscored OSU, 37.35-37.0. Monahan was the Top finisher for Ohio State with a second-place and season-high 9.5. Freshman Pejman Ebrahimi (Granada Hills, Calif./LeClub Gym.) came in third, scoring a 9.35.

The Buckeyes rebounded with win on parallel bars, outscoring Penn State, 35.725-33.650. Bucher won his third-consecutive parallel bars competition and his fifth total on the season, recording a 9.725. Nicholaus Searcy (So., Dublin, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gym.) finished second, notching a 9.3.

Ohio State claimed the final rotation of the evening, 37.85-37.2. Sophomore Willie Ito (Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gym.) triumphed in the event for the third-consecutive meet, recording a 9.8. Monahan tied for second with a score of 9.55.

OSU will take on the Japan All-Stars in exhibition competition at 7 p.m. March 3 at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes then will travel to Norman, Okla., where they will face No. 3 Oklahoma at 2 p.m. EST March 6 at the Lloyd Noble Center.