Jan. 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 2 Ohio State men's gymnastics team begins its home schedule in a co-ed competition at 4 p.m. Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma at St. John Arena. The No. 12 Ohio State women's gymnastics team also will be in action, hosting George Washington.
Live scoring for the meet vs. the Sooners will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links to live stats are on the Buckeye men's gymnastics schedule page.
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Ohio State fans can watch the Ohio State men's gymnastics meets from home this season by logging on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for live video streaming on Buckeye Vision. Packages available for purchase include a one-month subscription for Buckeye Vision for $9.95 or a yearly all-inclusive pass for $79.95. Sign up today and watch the Buckeyes from anywhere.
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES
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WINDY CITY CHAMPS
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, which included 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.
BUCKEYES MOVE TO NO. 2 IN GYMINFO RANKINGS
Ohio State moved up five spots in the GymInfo national polls Monday after claiming the second-highest team total following the first weekend of competition. The No. 2 ranking is the highest the Buckeyes have been in the national polls since the 2007 campaign.
A FAMILIAR OPPONENT
Rustam Sharipov will be facing a familiar team this weekend in his first meet at St. John Arena as head coach of the Buckeyes. Before joining the Ohio State program, Sharipov spent six seasons as an assistant coach for Oklahoma from 2005-2011. While at Oklahoma, Sharipov was named the National Co-Assistant Coach of the Year in both 2006 and 2008. He helped lead the Sooners to the 2006 and 2008 NCAA Championship titles. Last year, he earned the honor of CGA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM
Five freshmen made their Buckeye debuts last weekend at the Windy City Invitational. Danny Steiner, a late addition to the Buckeye roster, led the way for the freshmen. Steiner competed on floor, pommel horse, vault and parallel bars, and contributed to the team score on three of his four events. The native of Mesa, Ariz., Steiner placed second on floor exercise with a team-high 15.30.
Alex Nork continued the freshman success after earning the team's highest score on parallel bars with a 14.30 and placing ninth overall in the competition. Larry Mayer soared past the competition on vault with an impressive 14.90 which was good enough to tie for third place. Drew Moling, who appeared for the Buckeyes on three events had a solid showing on high bar with a 13.70 for ninth overall. Bobby DiRugeris also made his debut, competing on floor exercise and rings.
BUCKEYES ATOP THE POLLS
After the first official week of competition, 13 different Buckeyes rank in the Top 40 in the GymInfo national rankings. Danny Steiner and Philip Onorato lead the team with second-place rankings on floor (15.3) and vault (15.1), respectively. Onorato, the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, also is tenth in the country on rings (14.8).
Senior Ty Echard leads the way on pommel horse at No. 4 in the country with a 14.6. Freshman Alex Nork is the highest ranking Buckeye on parallel bars (14.3) tied for 17th. Sophomore Kris Done is tied for fifth on high bar (14.6), while junior Blaize Monks collected an 82.9 in the all-around competition, which is tied for seventh in the nation.
LOOKING BACK AT OKLAHOMA
The Scarlet and Gray fell to the Sooners 358.350-340.350 last season in a dual meet in Norman, Okla. Ohio State claimed two event titles, including Ty Echard who tied on pommel horse with Oklahoma's Alex Naddour with a 15.25. Brandon Wynn won the rings competition with a meet-best 16.10.
The Buckeyes will have a week off to prepare for the 2012 Winter Cup Challenger Feb. 2-4 in Las Vegas, Nev.