COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will compete at the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships at 8 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday at Huff Hall on the campus of University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
LIVE ON BTN
The Big Ten Network will air the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships live with Mike Leiderman on the play-by-play, John Roethlisberger as the analyst and Rob Brown on the sidelines. Start time for both nights at 8 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday.
FLASHBACK: 2010 BIG TEN FINALS
The Buckeyes hosted the 2010 Big Ten Championships last April and finished fourth, placing in the Top 4 at the conference finals for the 23rd consecutive season with 346.950 points. Illinois won the title (359.700), followed by Michigan in second place (358.150) and Penn State in third place (347.300). In the all-around competition, Brandon Wynn finished third, tallying a score of 87.700.
Highlighting the individual event finals was Wynn, who claimed the Big Ten title on rings with a meet-high 15.85. He became the first Buckeye to win an individual conference championship since DJ Bucher (2005-08) and Eddie Hay (2006-09) won parallel bars and floor in 2007. He also earned his second-career medal on vault, placing third with a 16.000.
Carroll, Ohio, native Ty Echard received the first Big Ten medal of his career, taking second on pommel horse. He holds the program record on the event after notching a 15.700 vs. Michigan in 2010.
Philip Onorato claimed a career-high 16.300 on vault for second place, marking the second-consecutive season and bringing his career Big Ten medal count up to three.
For the Buckeyes, Wynn earned his second-career first team all-Big Ten honor, while Echard and Onorato were named to the second team. For Echard, it was his first league award, while Onorato was a first team honoree in 2009.
WYNN NAMED A 2011 NISSEN AWARD FINALIST
After claiming the Big Ten and NCAA title on rings his junior season, Brandon Wynn has continued his dominance on the event this season and was recently named a 2011 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist – the prestigious award given annually to the nation’s outstanding senior male collegiate gymnast.
The two-time Buckeye captain, Wynn has won four rings titles in 2011 to stretch his undefeated streak on the event to 17-consecutive titles (23 overall). He posted a season-high 16.100 at Oklahoma Jan. 15. Against Brockport in the Buckeyes’ home opener Feb. 12, Wynn won the rings event with a 15.700 and also notched a season-high 15.200 on parallel bars for first overall and a season-high 14.800 on floor exercise for second overall. He concluded his final regular season competition winning the rings event with a 15.500 in a tri-meet vs. Illinois and Nebraska March 12.
A two-time All-American, Wynn won the 2010 NCAA rings title with a 15.900 mark at the individual finals in West Point, N.Y. Before winning his first national title, the two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree claimed the Big Ten rings championship with a 15.850 score at the individual finals at St. John Arena in Columbus. The three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Wynn earned All-America status for the first time in 2009 after finishing eighth in the all-around at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.
BIG TEN PREASEASON POLL
Ohio State was tabbed third by the Big Ten Conference coaches in a preseason poll last December with Michigan, the 2010 NCAA champions, as the preseason favorite to win the league title. Illinois was selected to place second, while Penn State followed the Buckeyes in fourth place. Minnesota and Iowa rounded out the preseason poll in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
For Ohio State, seniors Brandon Wynn and Sean Regan were voted to a 12-member Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch List.
OHIO STATE IN A NUTSHELL
Ohio State opened the season ranked sixth in the preseason coaches’ poll and has been in the Top 10 in the 2011 GymInfo national poll for 11-consecutive weeks.
Strong leadership from the upperclassmen as well as talented performances by Buckeye freshmen helped Ohio State post a season-high 350.350 in the regular-season home finale vs. Nebraska and Illinois March 12 in Columbus. The Buckeyes have received career-high marks from senior Sean Regan, junior Mike Behles and sophomores Blaize Monks and John Laing. Freshmen Jeff Treleaven and Kris Done have notched team-high scores this season on vault (16.3) and high bar (15.25), respectively.
Senior Brandon Wynn and junior Ty Echard continued to have some of the best routines in the nation in 2011 on rings and pommel horse, respectively. The two have combined for 10 event titles this season.
BUCKEYES SET TO HOST THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tickets for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics championships, hosted by the Ohio State University April 14-16 in St. John Arena, are currently on sale.
All seating in St. John Arena will be general admission with single-session tickets starting at $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors $5 for groups of 10 or more. All-session tickets also can be purchased for $28 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Group tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 614-292-3862 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit the official NCAA men’s gymnastics championships web page to order tickets online through Ticketmaster (link is available on bottom left of page).
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State has four individuals ranked in the nation’s Top 20, including two Buckeyes on pommel horse.
With a 14.775 four-score average, freshman Jeff Treleaven is eighth in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten on floor. Ohio State is eighth in the nation on floor exercise with a 57.550 four-score average.
On pommel horse, the Buckeyes have two individual placed in the NCAA Top 20. Ty Echard, a 2009 All-American, is third in the nation and second in the conference with a 15.313 four-score average. Last time out, Echard won pommel horse at Michigan with a 15.200 mark. Following Echard is sophomore John Laing, who has a 14.362 four-score average to tie for 15th in the country and ninth in the Big Ten.
On rings, junior Philip Onorato is in the nation’s Top 20 at No. 14 (14.762). In the conference, the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year is fifth overall on rings.
Due to injury earlier this season, Brandon Wynn, the reigning Big Ten and NCAA rings champion, has four official competitions on the event this season and is not ranked on the four-score average this week (ranking takes the five highest scores, counting no more than two home meets and drops the highest score. It then averages the four remaining scores). However, the two-time All-American will look to defend his title this weekend in Champaign.
On vault, Treleaven is sixth in the country and second in the conference on vault with a 15.925 four-score average. The native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Treleaven notched a team-high 16.400 in the regular-season home finale at St. John Arena.
On high bar, freshman Kris Done is fifth in the nation and third in the conference with a 14.787 four-score average. The native of Auckland, New Zealand, has four-consecutive titles on the event.
As a team, the Buckeyes are listed in the Top 10 in the nation in five of six events. On rings, Ohio State is sixth in the nation (57.862). The Scarlet and Gray are seventh in the country (56.425) on pommel horse and eighth on floor exercise (57.550). Rounding on the rankings for the Buckeyes are two ninth-place rankings on parallel bars (56.475) and vault (62.075).
POMMEL HORSE SPECIALIST
Ty Echard, a 2009 All-American on pommel horse, has continued his success on the event his junior season. Echard, a native of Carroll, Ohio, has won seven pommel horse titles in 2011 with eight Top 3 finishes. The 2010 First Team All-Big Ten posted a season-high 15.550 vs. Brockport Feb. 12 in St. John Arena. Echard currently ranks third in the nation on the event with a 15.313 four-score average. He holds the program record on the event after performing a 15.700 vs. Michigan in 2010.
Freshman Jeff Treleaven has had an impressive first season at Ohio State. The native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Treleaven has claimed three Big Ten weekly honors, including the gymnast of the week (Feb. 14) and freshman of the week twice(Jan. 17 and Feb. 14). The Buckeye rookie swept the weekly award laurels after posting then-season high of 16.1000 on vault and 14.950 on floor exercise in the win against Brockport Feb. 12 at St. John Arena. Treleaven also posted a season-high 13.650 on parallel bars to tie for third overall.
In the home regular season finale vs. Illinois Nebraska, Treleaven notched a team-high 16.400 on vault to earn his fourth vault title of 2011.
KRIS GETS IT DONE
Freshman Kris Done has become the top performer for the Buckeyes on high bar this season. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Done has won four-consecutive titles on the event, posting a team-high 15.250 in the win against Illinois and Nebraska March 12 in Columbus. At Oklahoma, Done was second overall on high bar with a team-high 14.850 to help Ohio State notch a season-high 57.150.
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 returned 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 last preseason. 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. national 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 World Championships last October in Rotterdam, Netherlands.