Feb. 24, 2007


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team (5-3 overall; 1-1 Big Ten) dropped a dual to No. 2 Penn State, 218.15-215.6, Saturday at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa. The meet, a co-ed dual between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions’ men’s and women’s programs, will be televised at 8 p.m. March 1 on CSTV.

Ohio State started the night on pommel horse with a team score of 34.25. The squad dropped the event to the Nittany Lions (35.95). On the pommel horse, senior Grant Osborne (Fort Collins, Colo./USOTC) and junior Tony Duong (Newark, Del./KMC Gymnastics) led the Buckeyes with an 8.95 and 8.75, respectively. With the 8.75, Duong notched a career-high.

In the second rotation, the Scarlet and Gray recorded four scores of 9.10 or higher on floor to grab the win. Jimmy Wickham (Jr., Gulfport, Miss./Planet Gymnastics) earned a season-high 9.6 to help give the Ohio State a slight edge over Penn State, 36.85-36.0. Freshmen Justin Myers (Hinckley, Ohio/Gymnastics World) and Shachar Tal (Fr., Rehovot, Israel/Maccabi Tel Aviv) competed in their first meetss as Buckeyes. Myers started the squad on the event with a 9.15 and Tal followed with an 8.95. Senior co-captain Kristopher Kline (Westerville, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics) added a 9.1 and Tai Lee (Fr., Orlando, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics) scored a career-high 9.0.

Junior Pejman Ebrahimi (Encino, Calif./LeClub Gymnastics) led the squad on vault with a score of 9.25. As a team, Ohio State was only .10 points shy of its season high with a score of 35.25, while two Buckeyes notched season highs. Ebrahimi’s 9.25 and Kline’s 8.7 were season best scores. In addition, Wickham tied his season high with an 8.95.

On rings, three-time junior U.S. National rings champion Lee scored a Buckeye high 9.6. DJ Bucher (Jr., Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gymnastics) continued to have success on the event and earned a 9.45. Tal followed with a 9.35 and both Kline and Jake Bateman (Kingsport, Tenn./Premier Gymnastics) scored 9.15. The team dropped the event to the Nittany Lions, 37.55-37.8.

Willie Ito (Sr., Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics), an All-American on high bar, noted the highest score for the Buckeyes with a season-high 9.55. Myers and Kline added an 8.95 and 8.9, respectively to give the squad a team score of 35.5.

Ohio State competed on parallel bars in the final rotation. Ito again led the team and scored a second season-high with a 9.5. Lee added an 8.65 and both Bateman and Nicholaus Searcy (Dublin, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics) scored 8.6’s on the apparatus.

The Scarlet and Gray continue on the road for a dual meet against two-time defending NCAA champion Oklahoma at 8 p.m. EST at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.