Five Buckeyes Earn All-America Honors
Kris Done

April 22, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's gymnastics team had an outstanding night at the 2012 NCAA Individual Event Finals Saturday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., seeing five members in senior Ty Echard, sophomores Misha Koudinov, Kris Done and Michael Newburger and freshman Danny Steiner earn All-America honors. The five 2012 All-Americans ties the single-season program record with the 1993 and 2002 campaigns, respectively.

 "I am proud of the guys for finishing this year with high-level performances in the event finals," head coach Rustam Sharipov said. "The guys did a great job to finish out the year and now it is time to get ready for next season."

Echard, a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist, became a three-time All-American to conclude his decorated OSU career after placing seventh on pommel horse with 14.45 on the event. Echard, a native of Carroll, Ohio, becomes the second Buckeye in program history to claim at least three All-America honors on pommel horse.

Newburger, a native of Austin, Texas, concluded a breakout year with his first career All-America honor, placing third on the pommel horse with a 15.10.

Also earning their first career awards were Koudinov and Steiner. The native of Mesa, Arizona, Steiner began the squad's night on floor exercise and notched a 15.05 to tie for sixth overall. Koudinov, a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten selection, tied for third on parallel bars in the event finals with a 14.95.

Rounding out the All-American list for the Scarlet and Gray was Done, who claimed his second-consecutive All-America laurel on the high bar with a 14.70 to tie for fifth.   

Senior Mike Behles competed in the rings finals and scored a 13.9 for tenth place, while freshman Larry Mayer earned championship experience, placing ninth on vault with a 14.25.


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