CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – With an exciting crowd on hand at Huff Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois, the No. 9 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team finished in third place with 350.000 points at the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Illinois won the title (355.550) for the third-consecutive year, followed by Michigan in second place (352.750). Penn State placed fourth with a 349.000 followed by Minnesota in fifth (344.400) and Iowa in sixth (339.300).
Highlighting the evening for the Buckeyes was freshman Kris Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, who finished second in the all-around, tallying a season-high 86.600 to earn his first career Big Ten medal. En route to his silver medal, Done tied for second on high bar (15.050), tied for fifth on parallel bars (14.550) and sixth on vault (16.000). Freshman Sam Mikulak of Michigan won the all-around competition with an 89.050, while Tyler Mizoguchi of Illinois rounded out the Top 3 with an 85.700.
“Being consistent is what I do in the gym and I thought that reflected tonight in the competition,” Done said. “I felt really relaxed during the competition and it was great to compete in an environment like that tonight. I thought our guys fed off the energy from the crowd. This was one of my goals coming into the season and I was honored to represent the Buckeyes on the podium tonight.”
Done will compete for the individual conference title on vault, parallel bars and high bar at 8 p.m. ET Saturday in Huff Hall televised live on the Big Ten Network. Joining Done in the individual finals will by senior co-captain Brandon Wynn (rings and high bar), junior Ty Echard (pommel horse), junior Mike Behles (rings and vault), sophomore John Laing (pommel horse), sophomore Blaize Monks (high bar) and freshman Jeff Treleaven (floor and vault).
Wynn, the reigning Big Ten and NCAA rings champion, continued where he left off last season at the championships by placing first overall with a season-high 16.150. The native of Voorhees, N.J., Wynn will look to defend his title tomorrow night against the rest of the field. He has now won 18-consecutive rings titles (24 overall).
The Buckeyes began the evening on pommel horse, recording a 55.300. Echard, a 2009 All-American, paced the Scarlet and Gray with a 14.650 for fourth place overall. Earning a 14.150, sophomore John Laing posted the second highest team score on pommel to tied for tenth to earn a spot in his first event final tomorrow night. Redshirt freshman Michael Newburger notched a season-high 13.850 on the event.
Ohio State moved to rings in the second rotation where they scored a season-high 59.800. With Wynn leading the charge on the event, Mike Behles, a junior from Wayne, Ill., was second on the team and seventh overall, tallying a 14.950. Senior Sean Regan posted a 14.700 for 12th overall on rings, while freshman Misha Koudinov, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, posted a season-high 14.000.
The Scarlet and Gray excelled on vault with five Buckeyes surpassing or tying season or career highs en route to a program record on the event as the squad notched a team score of 63.850 – .100 better than previous team record set during the 2008 Big Ten Championships. Treleaven and Behles guided the squad to first place after both notched 16.150 scores to tie for first for the Buckeyes and third overall. Treleaven, who hails from Glen Ellyn, Ill., ranks eighth in the country on the event, while Behles notched his career-best mark on vault. Coming in second (sixth overall) for the Buckeyes Done who improved his career-best of 15.650 with a 16.000. Regan followed with a career-high 15.550, while sophomore Blaize Monks scored a season-high 15.300. Wynn also competed on vault for the Scarlet and Gray and had a season-high 15.100.
Up next, the Buckeyes competed on parallel bars and scored a 56.100. Done led the team with his season high score of 14.550 to tie for fifth overall, while Treleaven notched a season-high 14.100 for second on the team and tie for 13th overall – .450 better than his previous high. Regan scored a 13.750 for third for the Scarlet and Gray, while Wynn followed right behind his classmate with a 13.700.
Moving on to high bar, Done once again guided Ohio State with a team-high 15.050 ( t-second overall) to help the squad post a season-high 57.250. In second place for the Buckeyes was Wynn, who tied his career best on the event with a 14.750 mark. Monks finished in third for Ohio State with a 14.650 – .050 points off his career high set earlier this year vs. Brockport.
A 57.700 on floor exercise finished out Ohio State’s evening. Treleaven led the team with a 14.700 to tie for sixth overall followed by Done, who notched a 14.300.
2011 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships
April 1, 2011
Final Team Standings
1. Illinois (355.550)
2. Michigan (352.750)
3. Ohio State (350.000)
4. Penn State (349.000)
5. Minnesota (344.400)
6. Iowa (339.300)
Final All-Around Standings (Top 6)
1. Sam Mikulak, Michigan (89.050)
2. Kris Done, Ohio State (86.600)
3. Tyler Mizoguchi, Illinois (85.700)
4. Rohan Sebastian, Penn State (85.000)
5. Thomas Kelley, Michigan (84.850)
6. DJ Repp, Minnesota (84.450)
Ohio State Individual Event Competitors
Kris Done – Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar
Brandon Wynn – Rings, High Bar
Mike Behles – Vault, Rings
Jeff Treleaven – Floor, Vault
Ty Echard – Pommel Horse
John Laing – Pommel Horse
Blaize Monks – High Bar