Michael Newburger a four-time First Team All-American
Buckeyes open competition Friday night at 7 p.m. in second qualifying session
Redshirt junior Nick Tagliaferro has overcome a series of injuries to compete in collegiate gymnastics
Five Buckeyes qualify for the individual event finals Saturday night
Big Ten Network will broadcast championships live Friday and Saturday
2013 (Redshirt Junior Season): Competed as a specialist on rings in every meet of the season ... placed tenth on the event with a 14.35 against Illinois Feb. 23 ... scored a career-high 15.10 to place second against UIC March 9 ... earned a sixth-place finish on rings with a 14.45 at Oklahoma March 23 ... named Academic All-Big Ten and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
2012 (Redshirt Sophomore Season): Did not compete for the Buckeyes ... named Academic All-Big Ten and an OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2011 (Sophomore Season): Did not compete for the Buckeyes ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State:Trained and competed for Will-Moor School of Gymnastics under coach Tyrone Elam ... also a member of Temple University Boys' Gymnastics (2007-08), OSU Boys' Gymnastics (2006-07) and Buckeye Gymnastics (2004-06) ... Ohio State runner-up on rings (2007) ... Ohio State champion on floor exercise (2005) ... three-time Junior Olympic National Championship qualifier (2005-07) ... five time Region 7 qualifier and eight-time Region 5 qualifier ... started gymnastics at age four ... also played ice hockey and roller hockey ... two-year letterwinner in ice hockey with the Olentangy Braves ... scored most goals and points for the Braves (2005-06), earning the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year award.
Personal: Son of Vinny and Jeanie Tagliaferro ... has one older brother, Vinny, and one younger brother, Joey ... spent two years at Olentangy High School and finished at Washington Township High School in New Jersey ... plans to attend chiropractic school after completion of undergraduate studies ... hobbies include watching Philadelphia Flyers games, exercising and spending time with family and friends ... lists greatest sports thrill as returning to the sport of gymnastics after recovering from a traumatic brain injury, which kept him out of the sport for 15 months ... brother, Vinny, played Division II ice hockey at Temple University.