Highest team finish at the national championships since 2005
Buckeyes welcome Illini to Columbus for the first dual meet of season
Buckeyes begin 2015 campaign at annual Windy City Invitational
Michael Newburger a four-time First Team All-American
155 to receive degrees in Ohio Stadium
2013 National Champion (vault)
Two-time All-American (vault)
Ohio State record holder on pommel horse (16.25)
2014 Team Captain
CGA Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 20, 2014)
2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year
2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Two-time Capital One Academic All-American
Two-time Capital One Academic All-District selection
Three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
Four-time CGA All-American Scholar-Athlete
Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
Pommel Horse - 16.25
2014 (Redshirt Senior Season) Competed in every meet for the Buckeyes ... finished ninth on pommel horse at the NCAA event finals (April 12) ... tied for sixth with a 15.050 on pommel horse at NCAA Team Finals (April 11) ... earned a fourth-place finish with a 15.100 at the NCAA qualifier (April 10) ... finished eighth on pommel at the Big Ten championship event finals (March 29) ... tied for second with a 15.250 on pommel horse vs. Temple and Oklahoma (March 15) ... won pommel with a 15.700 at the Stanford Quad (March 8) ... tied for fourth on pommel horse vs. Cal-Berkley (Feb. 14) ... won pommel at Illinois with a 16.200 (Jan. 26) ... won pommel with a career-best, OSU- and NCAA-record score of 16.250 at the Windy City Invitational (Jan 18) ... earned a third-place finish with a 15.300 at the Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad Meet (Dec. 16) ... Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and All-District selection ... NCAA Postgraduate and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten selection and OSU Scholar Athlete.
2013 (Redshirt Junior Season): Scored a 15.45 at the 2013 NCAA Individual Event Finals April 21 to become the 2013 NCAA National Champion on Pommel Horse, just the second gymnast in Ohio State history to win a national title on the event ... competed as an event specialist on pommel horse in every meet of the season ... placed first on the event with a 15.40 at Penn State Feb. 2 ... placed first with a 15.40 against Michigan Feb. 16 ... finished third (14.80) against Illinois Feb. 23 ... took first (15.00) against UIC March 9 ... placed second with a 14.90 at Oklahoma March 23 ... placed sixth overall at the NCAA National Qualifier April 19 with a 14.70 ... advanced to the NCAA Individual Event Finals after placing third with a 14.95 during the NCAA Team Finals April 20 ... earned second career All-America honors ... named to Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team and Capital One Academic All-District At-Large ... earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors.
2012 (Redshirt Sophomore Season): Competed as an event specialist on pommel horse for the Scarlet and Gray in every meet of the season ... tied for third at the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 14), scoring a 14.40 ... recorded a career-high 15.350 to place first against Penn State (Feb. 25) ... tied for third against Stanford March 9, tallying a 15.20 ... placed third against Minnesota and Oklahoma March 24 with a 14.50 ... finished second at the Big Ten Championships (April 6-7) in the team finals with a 14.90 and placed sixth overall in the event finals with a 13.95 ... scored a 14.900 at the NCAA Championships Qualifying Round (April 19) to advance to the event finals ... finished third on pommel horse (15.10) at the NCAA Event Finals, earning his first career All-American honors ... also earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman Season): Represented the Buckeyes on pommel horse ... competed in the Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Ill. (April 1) and the NCAA Qualifier in Columbus (April 14) ... scored a career-high 13.85 at the 2011 Big Ten Championship Team Finals (April 1) ... competed in six regular season meets ... placed fourth with a 13.15 against Brockport (Feb. 12) and placed eighth with the same score against Oklahoma (Jan. 22) ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2010 (Freshman Season): Did not compete for the Buckeyes; received redshirt ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Trained and competed at Crenshaw Gymnastics under coach Reed Crowe ... came to Ohio State with 11 years of club gymnastics experience ... four-time Academic All-American at McCallum high school ... a walk-on to the Buckeye squad.
Personal: Son of Manuel and Caryn Newburger ... has one sibling, Joshua ... plans to pursue a PhD in physics upon completion of undergraduate studies ... enjoys visual art, electronics and science ... recipient of Smith Junior Award recognizing high achievement among junior level undergraduate physics and engineering physics majors ... participated in VASEart competition in high school; pieces medaled and advanced to state competition.
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