Jan. 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will open the 2013 regular season at the 17th annual Windy City Invitational Saturday at the UIC Physical Education Building in Chicago, Ill. The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m.
The Buckeyes will face five other ranked teams Saturday, including No. 1 Illinois, No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 10 Iowa and No. 15 UIC.
RECAP: 2012 WINDY CITY INVITATIONAL
The Buckeyes began the 2012 campaign with great success, winning the Windy City Invitational Jan. 15 in Chicago, Ill., with a team total score of 344.500. The Buckeyes, including five freshmen making their collegiate debuts, won the pommel horse (59.700) and vault (58.600) events en route to their first Windy City title since the 2006 season. The team claimed 13 Top 10 finishes including a first-place victory for senior Philip Onorato on vault with a score of 15.10. Three gymnasts for the Buckeyes started their season setting new career highs. Sophomore Brandän Jones set career highs on both floor exercise (14.7) and pommel horse (13.8). Sophomore Misha Koudinov rang in a career-high 15.1 on floor, while redshirt sophomore Michael Newburger earned a career best on pommel horse with a 14.4.
Ohio State returns five All-Americans in 2013, including junior Kris Done (high bar), junior Misha Koudinov (parallel bars), redshirt junior Michael Newburger (pommel horse), sophomore Danny Steiner (floor exercise) and redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven (vault).
BIG TEN PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
Ohio State was tabbed fourth by the Big Ten Conference coaches in a preseason poll released in December. Michigan was picked as the conference favorite, followed by Illinois, Penn State and Ohio State. Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa round out the preseason picks. For Ohio State, juniors Kris Done and Misha Koudinov were named to the 14-member Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch List.
DONE, KOUDINOV NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS
Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, earned his second consecutive All-America honor on high bar in 2012 after finishing fifth overall at the NCAA Individual Event Championships last spring in Norman, Okla., having missed the majority of the season due to injury. Koudinov earned his first All-America honor last season after tying for third on parallel bars at the NCAA Individual Event Championships. Ohio State’s 2012 Sportsmanship honoree, Koudinov earned second team All-Big Ten honors after scoring a 15.20 on floor exercise to tie for third place and a 15.05 on parallel bars to finish in second place at the conference championships.
GRAY DEFEATS SCARLET
The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team held its annual Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad Sat. Dec. 8 at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility. The Gray team defeated the Scarlet team, 252.000-249.900, to come away with its third win in the last four years. The top three scores on each event counted toward the final results.
This year’s junior class will be anchored by three of the five returning All-Americans: Done, Koudinov and Newburger. In addition to their athletic achievements, they also lead the team academically. Koudinov and Newburger were both honored as Academic All-Big Ten while Newburger earned CoSIDA Academic At- Large All-District status. All three student-athletes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.
Four sophomores led the team last season as freshmen as the 2015 class collected 25 Top 5 finishes in its first campaign at Ohio State. Sophomore Danny Steiner led the charge with 11 Top 5 finishes, including two event titles on floor exercise at Michigan Feb. 18 and against Penn State Feb. 25. Sophomore Larry Mayer guided the team on vault, scoring a Top 5 mark in seven meets highlighted by a team season-high 15.3 on the event at the NCAA Qualifier April 19 to tie for third overall. Sophomores Alex Nork and Drew Moling each had three Top 5 scores in 2012.
Freshmen Jake Martin and Alex Johnson signed national letters of intent to join the Buckeyes for the 2013 season. Both Johnson and Martin have claimed titles at various elite state and national junior events. Johnson was crowned the 2010 Ohio State Champion and has claimed multiple Top 10 finishes at the VISA Championships, while Martin has posted several Top 3 finishes including an all-around title at the 2010 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships. Both gymnasts are expected to contribute in all-around competition this season.
OHIO STATE SIGNS THREE FOR 2014
Sean Melton, Jacob Dastrup and Andrew Rickly all signed letters of intent to join the men’s gymnastics team in 2014. Melton, a native of Orlando, Fla., is a five-time Junior Olympic National qualifier and three-time competitor at the Visa Championships. Most recently, Melton placed first on high bar, third in the all-around, fourth on floor exercise, sixth on parallel bars and seventh on pommel horse at the 2012 Visa Championships in St. Louis, Mo. A native of Lindon, Utah, Dastrup is a four-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier and three-time Visa Championships competitor. The son of Mat and Kaylyn Dastrup, Jacob currently trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. At the 2012 Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., Dastrup placed 10th on the pommel horse and within the Top 25 in the all-around, floor exercise, high bar and parallel bars. A Lewis Center, Ohio, native, Andrew Rickly is a six-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier and two-time competitor at the Visa Championships. Andrew most recently tied for third on parallel bars and finished seventh on still rings at the 2012 Visa Championships in St. Louis.
The Buckeyes travel to Dallas, Texas to compete at the Metroplex Challenge Jan. 25. The meet is set to start at 7 p.m.