COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team saw three Buckeyes place first on individual events but eventually fell, 364.450-353.800, to No. 4 Michigan Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes have now scored above a 350.000 in each of their last four meets, including a season-high 354.900 against Oklahoma last Saturday in Columbus.
The conference meet will be televised on a tape-delayed basis at noon March 27 by the Big Ten Network.
Sophomore Ty Echard had a night, scoring a career-best 15.7 on pommel horse to take first while junior captain Brandon Wynn won rings with a 15.95, his sixth victory this season on the apparatus. Back in action after missing two meets, sophomore Philip Onorato made a big impression, winning vault and tying his personal best with a 16.05.
On floor, the Buckeyes were led by Wynn and senior captain Justin Myers with a 14.9 for fourth and 14.85 for fifth, respectively, as the team put up a 57.8 event total. Michigan won the rotation with a 60.3 after three Wolverines scored above a 15.0 to finish first thru third.
Ohio State went 1-2 on pommel horse with redshirt sophomore Steven Spencer earning a 15.5 for second, placing behind Echard’s meet-high 15.7. Still, the Wolverines managed to outscore the Buckeyes, 60.7-58.7. With a 14.4, sophomore Matt Rayl finished seventh and has now scored a 14.4 or above at four of the last five OSU meets.
Ranked No. 1 on rings in the NCAA as a team, Ohio State edged Michigan, 59.6-59.55, for the event win. Wynn, the top-ranked gymnast on rings in the nation, remained undefeated on apparatus, scoring a 15.95 while sophomore Mike Behles added a 15.0 for fourth. Senior Tai Lee entered a 14.55 on the event to tie for sixth while junior Sean Regan had a 14.1.
The Scarlet and Gray turned in their second-best vault total this season, a 62.85, as Onorato tied his personal best with a 16.05. Wynn added a 15.95 to tie for third while freshman Blaize Monks hit a career-high 15.45 for seventh. Not far behind, Myers and Behles tied for eighth with a pair of 15.4s but it was not enough as Michigan took its third event win of the night with a 63.3 tally.
Wynn tied for third on parallel bars with a 14.75, Regan had a 14.45 for seventh, Myers had a 14.4 and Spencer tied his career high with a 14.1 as the team scored a season-best 57.7. Even with a season-high mark, Michigan was given a 60.0 event total to outscore the Buckeyes.
In the final rotation, co-captains Myers and Wynn tied for fifth on high bar with matching 14.5s. Regan added a 14.15 and Monks a 14.0 as OSU posted a 57.15. The Wolverines won high bars with a 60.6 en route to a new season-high team total.
Ohio State has the next week off to prepare for the 2010 Big Ten Championships held at home in St. John Arena at 7 p.m. April 2-3.