COLUMBUS, Ohio – After taking the 2010 Big Ten and NCAA titles on rings, senior Brandon Wynn, a member of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, won his first career U.S. national rings title Friday night at the 2010 VISA Championships at the XL Center in Harford, Conn. The 2010 All-American, Wynn won the event with a two-day total of 32.25, becoming the first Buckeye to take the rings title since two-time Olympian Raj Bhavsar won the event at the 2004 championships.
In the all-around competition, Wynn finished third overall with a combined total of 178.700, including a career-high 90.0 in the finals. With his performance at the championships, Wynn was selected to the U.S. Senior National Team for the second straight year.
“It’s nice to have all the hard work I’ve put in pay off,” Wynn said. “I’ve been working on being more consistent this summer and it’s definitely motivating to continue to perform at a high level and have success.”
Jonathan Horton of Houston, 2008 Olympic high bar silver-medalist defended, his all-around title, while Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics followed in second place. Among NCAA athletes, Wynn had the highest all-around ranking at the elite national event.
“Brandon did a tremendous job representing Ohio State this week,” said head coach Miles Avery. “His consistency was terrific going 12 of 12 in the events during the championships. He retained his position in USA Gymnastics by solidifying his spot on the U.S. National Team.”
Including his rings title, Wynn also placed three other Top 10 totals including a 30.5 mark on parallel bars (tied for third), a 31.7 score on vault (sixth), and a 29.950 score on floor (tied for sixth). On Friday, Wynn, a native of Voorhees, N.J., posted a career-high 15.3 on parallel bars. He also placed a 28.8 two-day total on high bar (tied for 11th).
The Top 10 all-arounders were automatic selections to the 2010-11 U.S. National team with the Men’s Program Committee selecting the remaining five gymnasts to the team.
Philip Onorato, a rising junior, also competed in the finals in four events including floor (14.1), rings (14.15), vault (14.7) and parallel bars (13.95).
Click here for a video interview by Universal Sports of Wynn’s bronze medal at the 2010 VISA Championships. A highlight of Wynn’s national title performance on rings last night can be seen here on universalsports.com. NBC Sports will show a recap of the men’s national meet on a tape delayed basis at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 15.
2010-11 U.S. Men’s Senior National Team
Chris Brooks, Houston, Texas/University of Oklahoma
Alex Buscaglia, Cary, Ill./Stanford University
Chris Cameron, Winter Haven, Fla./University of Michigan
Jake Dalton, Sparks, Nev./University of Oklahoma
Bryan Del Castillo, Laguna Niguel, Calif./Cal-Berkeley
Wesley Haagensen of Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center
RJ Heflin, Houston, Texas/HGA GymMasters
Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy
Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif./Cal-Berkeley
Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas/University of Oklahoma
Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla./Universal
Tim McNeil of Falls Church, Va./USOTC
Alexander Naddour, Mesa, Ariz./University of Oklahoma
Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois
Brandon Wynn, Vorhees, N.J./Ohio State
2010 Visa Championships
August 13, 2010
Men’s All-Around Finals
1. Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, 181.650
2. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 179.350
3. Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J., 178.700
4. Chris Brooks, Houston, Texas, 176.700
5. Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif., 176.150
6. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 175.250
7. Bryan Del Castillo, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 173.650
8. Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y., 173.300
9. Jesse Silverstein, Spring Valley, N.Y., 173.200
10. Andrew Elkind, Colorado Springs, Colo., 173.050
11. Wesley Haagensen, Colorado Springs, Colo., 173.000
12. Alexy Bilozertchev, Colorado Springs, Colo., 172.850
13. Jake Dalton, Sparks, Nev., 172.500
14. Sam Mikulak, Corona del Mar, Calif., 172.200
15. Chris Cameron, Winter Haven, Fla., 172.050
15. Dylan Akers, Kingwood, Texas, 172.050
17. Alexander Naddour, Mesa, Ariz., 171.450
18. Alex Buscaglia, Cary, Ill., 171.400
19. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 171.200
20. Mel Anton Santander, Southborough, Mass., 171.050