COLUMBUS, Ohio – After sending six members to the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge last weekend, the eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team returns to dual action, hosting Brockport at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. The meet between the Buckeyes and the Golden Eagles is the first meeting in program history.
SIXTY SECONDS WITH BLAINE WILSON
Buckeyes fans, check out the video above of interim co-head coach and three-time Olympian Blaine Wilson as he demonstrates a drill that will improve overall strength for a gymnast at any level!
LIVE STATS AVAILABLE
Live scoring for the meet vs. the Golden Eagles will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links to live stats are on the Buckeye men’s gymnastics schedule page.
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BUCKEYES TOP THE POLLS
Ohio State continues on with several members at the top of the national rankings. Senior co-captain Brandon Wynn continues to hold the top spot in the nation on rings (15.950). 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 now second (15.325) on pommel horse behind Daniel Ribeiro of Illinois (15.850). On vault, freshman Jeff Treleaven is tied for the fifth spot with a 15.900 average with Warren Yang of Penn State.
As a team Ohio State continues to hold Top 10 rankings on five events. The Scarlet and Gray hold the six spot on both pommel horse (55.900) and rings (57.400). On the high bar the team ranks ninth with a 55.225 team average. Rounding out the standings for the squad are two eighth place rankings on both floor and vault scoring a 55.750 and 61.650 team average, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State had three individuals advance to finals at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 3-5 at the Las Vegas Sports Center. Junior Ty Echard, a 2009 All-American, topped the results for the Buckeyes with a second-place finish on pommel horse. The native of Caroll, Ohio, recorded a 15.000 in his first USA Gymnastics event finals for a two-day total of 29.950.
Also performing well for the Buckeyes was freshman Jeff Treleaven, who finished fifth overall on vault with a 31.600 two-day total. Treleaven, who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Jan. 17, scored a 15.900 in the finals to earn his first Top 5 USA Gymnastics finish in his Buckeye career. The native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Treleaven also competed on floor exercise, tallying a 27.250 two-day total.
Senior Sean Regan also gained valuable experience during the USA Gymnastics elite national meet, competing on floor exercise, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Junior Philip Onorato and sophomore Blaize Monks also competed in the preliminary competition for the Buckeyes. Monks scored a 13.950 on floor exercise as well as performing on vault and high bar. Onorato performed on floor exercise for the Scarlet and Gray. Wynn, the defending rings champion at the event, was scratched from the competition. Current volunteer assistant coach and former Buckeye Tai Lee also competed in the competition scoring a 76.550 on the all-around highlighted by a 13.500 mark on high bar.
Brockport opened its season at the 20th-annual West Point Gymnastics Open Jan. 14 at the Christl Arena, finishing sixth overall with a 236.6 team score. In their next competition, the Golden Eagles traveled to Annapolis to compete at the Navy Open at Macdonough Hall. The team scored a 263.400, placing fifth overall, while Temple won the meet with a 327.300. Senior Kenneth Byrd finished with a 70.200 in the all-around competition, highlighted by a 13.400 on vault.
This is the first meeting between Ohio State and Brockport. Brockport returned to gymnastics in 2004 after the varsity program was dropped nearly 20 years before. In 2010, Brockport began competing against teams in the NCAA as a club squad. Last season, the Golden Eagles finished 3rd at the USAG Collegiate National Championships with a 280.067 team average.
The Buckeyes are led by interim co-head coaches Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson and 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.
Ohio State has a week off before traveling to University Park, Pa. to take on Penn State Feb. 26 at 1 pm ET. The meet will be aired on tape delay on the Big Ten Network on March 12 at noon ET.