April 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's gymnastics team saw all seven of its qualifying members advance to the 2012 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Event Finals Friday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The Buckeyes will now compete in the national individual event finals at 8 p.m. ET Saturday where they will look to claim a national individual title as well as All-American status to conclude the 2012 campaign.
"I'm very proud of the guys tonight and they did a great job," head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "Kris Done, Misha Koudinov and Danny Steiner performed new routines and executed well in front of a large crowd. We are excited for tomorrow night."
Senior Ty Echard, a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist, will battle for the pommel horse championship after placing second overall on the event with a 15.8
Along with Echard, senior Mike Behles, sophomores Kris Done, Misha Koudinov and Michael Newburger and freshmen Larry Mayer and Danny Steiner will be competing in the elite individual event competition Saturday night.
Behles began the team's evening on rings, notching a 14.9 mark to tie for 10th overall. In the same rotation, Koudinov notched a 14.95 on parallel bars for 10th place.
During the third rotation, Mayer punched his ticket to the finals when he launched a 15.2 vault score for eighth overall.
On the fourth rotation, Echard stepped up to the pommel horse and finished with a big score - his 15.8 mark is the second-highest score in his career on the event. Done, a 2011 All-American, advanced to the high bar finals with a solid performance on the event with a 15.15 for third place.
Newburger and Steiner both advanced to their first NCAA event finals. Newburger tied for sixth on pommel horse with a 15.1, while Steiner tied for sixth place on floor exercise with a 15.3.
Illinois claimed the NCAA title with a 358.850 followed by Oklahoma (357.450) and Penn State (354.800). Jake Dalton of Oklahoma won the all-around competition with a 91.0.
The individual event finals will be streamed live on NCAA.com.