ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In the regular season finale, the seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell to sixth-ranked Michigan, 353.350-336.900,Saturday night at the Cliff Keen Arena on the campus of University of Michigan. The dual was televised by the Big Ten Network on tape-delayed basis and will air at noon March 26.
“Kris had a good meet and showed how consistent he is during a competition,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “Overall, we were rough and it’s hard to compete right after a week of taking finals and I thought that showed today. We had some guys do some really good routines. Now we have a week of good training over spring break to regroup and focus on hitting routines to win a Big Ten title.”
“We definitely had a very off night and that’s basically what it comes down to,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson said. “I think we need to reevaluate some routines so that we have the best opportunity to be successful in the postseason in two weeks. Once we have a healthy lineup, we definitely have a chance to win a Big Ten Championship next month.”
The Buckeyes started on pommel horse where the team posted a 54.800 team total. Junior Ty Echard posted a 15.200 to claim his seventh pommel horse title in 2011. Sophomore John Laing was next with a 14.350 and placed third overall. Freshman Misha Koudinov followed with a 12.950 score.
Up next, the Scarlet and Gray scored a 55.550 on floor exercise. Leading the way was freshman Jeff Treleaven, who placed third overall with a 14.700. Koudinov set a season-high with a 13.750, while junior Sean Regan tallied a 13.650.
Traveling to vault, the team posted a 61.550 total score. All six scores for the Buckeyes scored a 15.000 or higher. Behles set the pace earning second place mark with a 15.750 – a season-high for the third-year Buckeye. Freshman Kris Done was next with a 15.450 earn the fifth-best score overall.
On rings, the team earned a 57.600 team score. Behles placed third and had a team-high 14.650. Regan was right behind him with a 14.500, earning fifth place. Following was Done with a season-high 14.200 to tie for seventh overall.
On the fifth rotation, Ohio State traveled to high bar and tallied a 55.350. Done claimed the second event title on the night for the Buckeyes, leading the team a 15.000. Sophomore Blaize Monks placed fourth overall after notching a score of 14.300. Junior Joel Uptmor set a season-high on the event with a 13.700 for the team.
The Buckeyes concluded the meet on parallel bars with a 52.050. Once again, Done led the way for Ohio State with a 14.450 to earn the third-best score in the meet. Behles and Koudinov rounded out the Top 3 for the Scarlet and Gray with 13.450 and 12.150 scores, respectively.
Up next the Scarlet and Gray travel to Champaign, Ill. for the 2011 Big Ten Championships April 1-2.