Buckeyes in action at 2 p.m. ET Thursday in NCAA Qualifier at Oklahoma
Big Ten Network will broadcast championships live Friday and Saturday
No. 6 Buckeyes face No. 5 Gophers, No. 1 Sooners at 8 p.m. ET Saturday
Senior Ty Echard notches school record 15.9 on pommel horse
Buckeyes will honor their five seniors prior to competition Friday
Ohio State Career: Garnered All-America honors as a sophomore, finishing fourth on vault with a 15.95 at 2010 NCAA Championships ... earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2010, finishing second on vault atNamed 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a rookie, finishing sixth in the all-around at 2009 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
2011 (Junior Season): Competed for Ohio State in six regular season meets ... participated at the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas (Feb. 3) scoring a 13.1 on floor exercise in prelims ... tied for first and set a career high of 15.0 on floor against UIC, Air Force and Temple (March 6) ... had the team's highest score on floor against Illinois and Nebraska (March 12) with a 14.8 and placed second ... placed third on rings with a 14.95 against Illinois and Nebraska in regular season home finale at St. John Arena (March 12).
USA Gymnastics 2010: Competed on four events at 2010 VISA Championships, including floor exercise, rings, vault and parallel bars Aug. 11-14 in Hartford, Conn.
2010 (Sophomore Season): Earned first career All-America honors after scoring a 15.95 on vault to tie for fourth place at the NCAA championships (April 17) in West Point ... scored a 16.0 to finish third at NCAA qualifier and a 15.9 (T-9th) at NCAA championships ... earned second-team All-Big Ten honors after finishing for second place with a 16.3 on vault at Big Ten Championships (April 3) in Columbus ... notched career-high during conference championships with 16.3 score ... helped the Buckeyes finish first on vault event as a team at Big Ten Championships (April 2) with a team-best 16.05 ... competed in 5-of-7 Ohio State meets this season, missing only California (March 6) and Oklahoma (March 13) ... scored a team-best 16.05 on vault for first place vs. Illinois Jan. 30 in St. John Arena to help the Buckeyes' tie team record of 63.75 on event ... participated at Winter Cup challenge (Feb. 4-6) in Las Vegas ... competed on floor exercise, rings, vault and parallel bars ... scored team-best on rings (14.65) and on vault (15.8; 2nd) in quad-meet vs. Nebraska, Air Force and UIC Feb. 21 in Lincoln, Neb. ... earned fifth place (14.3) on floor exercise in win vs. Penn State Feb. 27 in Columbus ... hit a 16.05 for first place on vault vs. Michigan in last regular-season meet in Ann Arbor.
2009 (Freshman Season): Competed at NCAA Qualifier and Championships for the Buckeyes ... led the squad on vault with a 16.0 for fourth place and added a 15.2 on rings for third at NCAA Qualifier (April 16) ... tied for the team lead on vault with a 15.7 at NCAA Championships (April 17) ... named Big Ten Freshman of the Year April 4 after earning best all-around score by a rookie at Big Ten Team Championships (April 3) and placing second on rings (15.375) and vault (16.0) at league event finals ... placed sixth (82.65) in the all-around at conference championshps, receiving First Team All-Big Ten honors ... competed in 6-of-7 Ohio State meets this season, missing only Michigan (March 21) ... set a career high on floor with a 14.8 and finished third on rings (15.15) at Oklahoma (March 14) ... posted a team-best 14.4 to tie for third on parallel bars with teammate Brandon Wynn at Penn State (Feb. 28) ... set career marks rings (15.35; 1st) and high bar (14.2; 1st) en route to a season-best 85.85 and all-around win vs. UIC (Feb. 21) in St. John Arena ... added second-place finishes on vault (15.85) and parallel bars (14.05) vs. the Flames ... advanced to the 2009 Winter Cup Finals (Feb. 7) after scoring an 83.7 (9th) mark in the all-around at the opening qualifier (Feb. 5) ... tied for second on vault with a season-high 16.0 at the national meet during the first qualifying session ... first notched his season-high 16.0 on vault at Illinois (Jan. 24) ... made his Buckeye debut with a 15.3 on vault for sixth place at the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 17).
Prior to Ohio State: Three-time Junior Olympic Nationals champion ... captured the all-around and rings titles at 2004, '05 and '06 J.O. Nationals ... also won vault in 2004 and '05 ... qualified for the 2005, '06 and '07 VISA Championships in the junior division ... finished second in the all-around at the 2005 VISA Championships, nabbing top honors on floor, rings and vault ... claimed the gold medal on rings and won silver on vault at 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships in Hawaii ... helped the U.S. to a first-place finish, placing first on rings and second on floor at the 2006 Junior Pan American Games in Quebec ... won three medals at the All-Japan Junior Gymnastics Competition, including two gold medals on floor and rings and a silver on vault.
Personal: Son of John and Linda Onorato ... has two brothers, Chris and Andrew ... nickname is Philly Cheese Steak ... 2008-09 roommate is Buckeye teammate and former club teammate, Elliot Hardy ... started gymnastics at age 5 ... coached by Sergei Pakanich at WOGA ... first admired gymnast Jason Gatson ... is looking forward to being a Buckeye because of the school spirit ... would like to make the U.S. Olympic team someday ... enjoys playing video games in his spare time.
U.S. National team experience:
2005-06 U.S. Junior National Team member
2006-07 U.S. Junior National Team member
2007-08 U.S. Junior National Team member
Melton Awarded with B1G Honors
Buckeyes Take on Winter Cup in Vegas