Jan. 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team travels to Fort Worth, Texas to compete on the podium in the inaugural Metroplex Challenge Friday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center.The meet is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
The Buckeyes will face three ranked teams Friday night as No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 6 Illinois and No. 8 Iowa will be in attendance. Club teams from the University of Texas and Texas A&M also will be competing.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes began the 2013 campaign with great success, tying for second place with defending national champion Illinois at the Windy City Invitational Jan. 19 in Chicago, Ill., earning a total team score of 427.750. The Buckeyes tied for first place on high bar with Minnesota (70.950) en route to their second-place finish. The team claimed 10 Top 10 finishes including a first-place victory for true freshman Jake Martin on high bar with a score of 15.25.
Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven returned to competition from injury last season to earn two Top 10 finishes. He placed seventh on floor exercise with a 15.00 and second on vault having earned a 15.15.
In addition to his first place finish on high bar, Martin also earned second place on pommel horse with ascore of 15.15.
Senior Blaize Monks also placed in the Top 10 twice, tying for eighth on both floor exercise (14.80) and high bar (14.25).
IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM
The Buckeyes move up three spots to No. 5 in the most recent GymInfo poll. After the first week of competition, Ohio State ranks in the Top 10 of all six events. The Buckeyes rank second on floor exercise (73.700), fourth on pommel horse (70.850), 10th on rings (69.000), third on vault (73.150), seventh on parallel bars (70.100) and second on high bar (70.950).
IN THE RANKINGS - INDIVIDUAL
Eight Buckeyes currently rank within the Top 20 of all six events.
Treleaven currently ranks No. 10 on floor exercise after earning a 15.00 at the Windy City Invitational, while Monks comes into the rankings at No. 16 having posted a 14.80.
On pommel horse, Martin ranks third after a 15.150 second-place performance last weekend. He’s followed by redshirt junior Michael Newburger who comes in at No. 14 (14.70) and senior John Laing who ranks No. 19 (14.40).
Sophomore Drew Moling ranks just outside of the Top 10 at No. 11 on rings. He tallied a 14.800 at the Windy City Invitational.
On vault, Treleaven posted a 15.15 to earn a No. 5 ranking. He’s followed by sophomore Larry Mayer who comes in at No. 6 having posted a 15.00.
Lastly, Martin currently ranks No. 3 on high bar after claiming first place at the Windy City Invitational with a 15.25.
In his debut collegiate meet at the Windy City Invitational, Martin played a pivotal role in helping the Buckeyes earn a second-place tie with defending national champion Illinois. Martin claimed first place on high bar with a score of 15.25 to lead all gymnasts at the meet while also earning a score of 15.15 on pommel horse to finish second behind Yoshi Mori (Illinois). The Oviedo, Fla., native also tallied a 14.25 on parallel bars to finish just outside of the Top 10 in a tie for 11th place with Michael Strathern (Michigan).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Ohio State will face three ranked opponents at the Metroplex Challenge in No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 6 Illinois and No. 8 Iowa.
NO. 4 OKLAHOMA
The Sooners enter competition on Friday having already competed in two meets this season. Oklahoma won its 14th-straight Rocky Mountain Open title Jan. 12, earning a total team score of 423.500 to go 3-0 in its season opener against Nebraska, Air Force and Arizona St. The Sooners posted the top team score on pommel horse (71.750), rings (71.500), parallel bars (70.500) and high bar (67.900).
This past weekend, the Sooners finished second to Stanford but ahead of California and Nebraska at the four-team Stanford Open with a team score of 433.450. Oklahoma won event titles on floor exercise and parallel bars with scores of 75.850 and 71.700, respectively.
NO. 6 ILLINOIS
The Fighting Illini enter the Metroplex Challenge having also already competed in two events this season.
Illinois opened its 2013 campaign with a 425.45 - 385.75 win at UIC Jan. 12, sweeping all six events. The team scored a 70.100 on floor exercise, 69.500 on pommel horse, 74.500 on rings, 71.900 on vault and parallel bars and 67.450 on high bar.
The Fighting Illini tied for second with Ohio State at the Windy City Invitational Jan. 19. The team claimed first place on pommel horse (73.950) and parallel bars (71.900) en route to a total team score of 427.750.
NO. 8 IOWA
The Hawkeyes opened the 2013 campgain at the Windy City Invitational, placing fifth with a team score of 422.350. Three gymnasts earned first- place finishes as freshman Matt Loochtan tallied a 15.400 on floor exercise, senior Anton Gryshayev scored a 15.150 to place first on rings and senior Javier Balboa posted a score of 15.200 to claim first on parallel bars.
The Buckeyes begin Big Ten competition with a co-ed dual meet at Penn State Feb. 2. The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m.