April 20, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team concluded its season at the 2005 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships April 7-9 at the Holleder Center in West Point, N.Y.

The Buckeyes finished second in the team and all-around championships with a score of 225.45 behind Oklahoma (225.675). Junior Ronald Ferris became the first Buckeye to capture the high bar title (9.762) and Randy Monahan placed second in the all-around, tying his personal best of 56.55. Freshman DJ Bucher claimed All-America accolades on all three of his routines.

After its first-place finish in Session I of the National Qualifier, Ohio State advanced to a record 25th-consecutive NCAA team and all-around championship. The last time the Buckeyes did not qualify for the team championships was in 1980.

Ohio State scored a 225.45 to finish second in the team and all-around championships. Senior co-captain Randy Monahan paced the Buckeyes with a tie of his personal-best (56.55) in the all-around to place second, marking his highest finish in the NCAA all-around championships. OSU opened up the competition on vault and posted a 36.875 to begin the first rotation in third place. Monahan and Jimmy Wickham led the Buckeyes on the event, scoring a 9.250 apiece for a tie for 15th overall. DJ Bucher led the way for the Buckeyes on parallel bars (36.675). The 2005 Big Ten parallel bars champion notched a 9.65 for a tie for third place. After dropping to fourth in the second rotation, the Buckeyes jumped to first after compiling an Ohio State-record 38.850 on high bar. The Buckeyes rounded out the Top 4 on the apparatus with Willie Ito and Monahan tying for first with a score of 9.9. Ito tied his career high set vs. Illinois-Chicago Jan. 22. Monahan topped his career high of 9.85, last set vs. Nebraska Feb. 18. Ronald Ferris scored a 9.85 for fourth to help the Buckeyes take a 112.4-112.225 lead over Penn State halfway through the meet.

After a fourth rotation bye, Ohio State resumed competition on floor where it posted a 37.450. Monahan was the Top Buckeye performer, tallying a 9.65 for a tie for second. Ohio State moved to pommel horse in the sixth rotation and notched a team total of 37.225 on the event. Bucher and Ferris scored a 9.5 and 9.475 to finish tied for fifth and seventh, respectively to help give the Buckeyes a .15 lead over Oklahoma. In the final rotation Ohio State compiled a score of 38.375 on rings with Monahan leading the way with a second-place 9.825. Bucher came in sixth, recording a 9.725.

Ohio State finished in the Top 3 on four events, including first place finishes on pommel horse and high bar. OSU also concluded the competition second on rings and third on floor.

Ohio State claimed 7-of-9 possible All-America laurels at the NCAA individual event finals. Ronald Ferris became the first Buckeye in history to win high bar, scoring a 9.762. Ferris, who also earned All-America honors on pommel horse (9.5 – 6th), is OSU’s first event champion since Raj Bhavsar won the all-around in 2002. Randy Monahan concluded his Buckeye career with seven All-America accolades, including three from the 2005 competition. Monahan placed second in the all-around (56.55), fifth on floor (9.362) and seventh on high bar (9.362). Freshman DJ Bucher added three more All-America awards, finishing second on parallel bars (9.637), tying for fifth on rings (9.562) and placing seventh (9.212) on pommel hosre. Bucher is the only Buckeye to garner All-America accolades on all three qualified events as a freshman.

Since Miles Avery became head coach of the Buckeyes in 1998, he has coached 45 All-Americans and seven NCAA individual event and all-around champions.

Current Buckeye All-Americans:
Kerry Adderly – 3 (floor – 2002 and 2003, parallel bars – 2004)
DJ Bucher – 3 (pommel horse – 2005, rings – 2005), parallel bars – 2005
Ronald Ferris – 3 (high bar – 2004 and 2005, pommel horse 2005)
Randy Monahan – 7 (floor – 2005, high bar – 2002, 2004 and 2005, all-around – 2003, 2004 and 2005)

During the NCAA team and all-around championships, Ohio State tallied an OSU-best 38.85 on high bar. Ohio State’s former record on high bar was a 38.775 set at the 2005 Big Ten Championships March 25.

Head coach Miles Avery was named Central Region Head Coach of the Year at the NCAA/CGA banquet April 6. Avery garnered the accolade after leading Ohio State to its third Big Ten championship in five years and compiling a 16-2-1 overall record. The honor is Avery’s second of his career, as he won in 2002, and it is the program’s fifth overall.

Ohio State claimed its 10th Big Ten title with a score of 225.350 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., March 25. The Buckeyes swept the top spots on high bar to record a then-program-best 38.775 and won parallel bars (37.9) and tied for first on floor (37.3) en route to their third conference championship in five years.

Following their performances at the Big Ten championships, DJ Bucher, Ronald Ferris and Randy Monahan were named to the 2005 All-Big Ten Team. Bucher won his first career accolade after finishing first on parallel bars, scoring a 9.737. Ferris defended his high bar crown with a tally of 9.862 and Monahan earned his fifth overall laurel, capturing rings (9.687) and placing fourth in the all-around (55.3).

Miles Avery was named 2005 Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding the Buckeyes to their first conference championship since 2002. Avery last earned league coach of the year accolades in 2001 and 2002.

The Buckeyes recorded 41 individual first place finishes during the 2005 season.

Ohio State first place finishes by meet:
Windy City Invite – 2
Minnesota – 5
Illinois-Chicago – 6
Illinois – 3
Cal/Stanford – 4
Nebraska – 5
Penn State – 5
Oklahoma – 1
Michigan – 6
Big Ten Championships – 3
NCAA Championships – 1

In addition to owning the top NCAA team score (226.9), the Buckeyes also recorded the first (223.4 vs. Illinois), second (222.675 vs. Oklahoma) and third-best (222.075 vs. Penn State) NCAA road team scores during the regular season.

OSU swept all six events in four meets this season. Ohio State claimed every event against Michigan March 13. The Buckeyes also won each event vs. Nebraska (Feb. 18), Illinois-Chicago (Jan. 22) and Minnesota (Jan. 15).

Last season, Ohio State swept all six events only once (Illinois-Chicago – Jan. 24, 2004).

Ohio State swept the Top 3 spots on an event 15 times during the season with the most recent sweep coming on high bar at the 2005 National Qualifier. Against Minnesota (Jan. 15) a trio of Buckeyes captured parallel bars and high bar. OSU continued its success vs. Illinois-Chicago, (Jan. 22) claiming the Top 3 positions on all six events. In its meet vs. Illinois (Jan. 29), OSU swept rings, while against Nebraska (Feb. 18) the Buckeyes nabbed pommel horse and high bar. Against Penn State Feb. 26. Ohio State captured floor, pommel horse and rings.

The Buckeyes have notched Ohio State all-time team records on 5-of-6 events. OSU tallied a team-best 38.6 on pommel horse (vs. Nebraska), 38.55 on rings (vs. Illinois), 37.8 on vault (vs. Michigan), 37.35 on parallel bars (vs. Michigan) and a 38.85 on high bar (NCAA team championships).

Five Buckeyes rewrote the Ohio State all-time record books throughout the 2005 season. In his first collegiate meet, freshman DJ Bucher recorded a 9.85 on parallel bars at the Windy City Invitational to surpass Raj Bhavsar’s 9.65. Freshman David Ortiz’s 9.65 on vault vs. Michigan bested Randy Monahan’s 9.55 and junior Ronald Ferris compiled a 9.925 on high bar vs. Nebraska to surpass Monahan’s 9.85. Willie Ito nabbed a 9.9 on pommel horse vs. Nebraska and Michigan to top his own record of 9.65 and Monahan notched a 9.925 on rings to better Daren Lynch’s 9.8.

In his first all-around competition of the 2005 season, senior Randy Monahan notched an OSU-record and NCAA second-best 56.55 vs. Michigan. Monahan bested his career high of 56.5, which was recorded last year against Minnesota (Jan. 17, 2004).

Freshman DJ Bucher won 7-of-9 parallel bars events during the 2005 regular season. Bucher did not place lower than second on the apparatus and scored a 9.55 or higher 7-of -9 occasions on the event.

In the postseason Bucher continued his success on the apparatus, recording a 9.725 for first place at the Big Ten Individual event championships and notching a 9.637 at the NCAA individual championships for second.

DJ Bucher was the No. 1 national and Big Ten parallel bars competitor for 11-consecutive weeks. Senior Randy Monahan was atop the national rings ranking for eight weeks, including seven-consecutive. Monahan also was the No. 1 rings competitor for 11-consecutive weeks in the Big Ten.

Senior Randy Monahan earned two Big Ten Gymnast of the Week accolades following strong performances vs. Penn State (Feb. 26) and Michigan (March 12). Against the Nittany Lions, Monahan secured two first-place finishes, scoring a 9.55 on floor and a 9.725 on rings. The second-year co-captain also placed second on vault with a season-best 9.5 and concluded the competition tied for second on high bar, tallying a 9.55.

In his final home meet vs. the Wolverines, the Elizabethtown, Pa., native helped lead the No. 1 Buckeyes to a NCAA team record 226.9 with his Ohio State best 56.55 in the all-around. The senior co-captain’s all-around score is the second-highest NCAA tally since 2000 and surpasses his former all-around career best of 56.5, posted vs. Minnesota Jan. 17, 2004. Monahan also finished first on floor with a season-high 9.650 and rings with a score of 9.85.

Randy Monahan was a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, an honor that is annually presented to the outstanding senior male collegiate gymnast in the nation.

“It is really a big honor to be a finalist for this award,” Monahan said. “To be thought of as one of the best gymnasts in the country by the judges and your peers is a great feeling.”

College gymnastics coaches, student-athletes and accredited college gymnastics judges across the nation were requested to submit nominations. Gymnasts receiving 60 percent of the nominations were placed on a final ballot and voted upon by those same coaches, student-athletes and judges.

In addition to gymnastics excellence, the winner must also have fulfilled the following requirements: He must be an example of good sportsmanship and fair play. He must maintain a high standard of scholarship throughout his college career.

OSU Nissen-Emery Award Winners
2001 – Jamie Natalie
1997 – Blain Wilson
1994 – Kip Simons
1990 – Mike Racanelli

Seniors Randy Monahan and Cody Trobaugh were selected team captains for the 2005 season by their teammates.

The honor is the first for Trobaugh and the second for Monahan. The Elizabethtown, Pa., native served as co-captain last season.