No. 5 Ohio State Travels to No. 1 Penn State
Jan. 31, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State men's gymnastics team travels to University Park, Pa., to compete in its first co-ed dual meet of the season against No. 1 Penn State at Rec Hall Saturday night. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes placed second at the inaugural Metroplex Challenge Jan. 25 at the Forth Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Ohio State tallied a team score of 429.400 to finish in second place behind No. 4 Oklahoma but ahead of No. 6 Illinois and No. 8 Iowa who finished third and fourth, respectively. Ohio State won event titles on floor exercise (74.800) and vault (73.200). In addition to those first-place finishes, the Buckeyes placed second overall on pommel horse and parallel bars, having scored 71.800 and 70.300, respectively. The Buckeyes also won two individual event titles, as Steiner claimed the floor exercise title with a career-high 15.750 and Laing claimed the pommel horse title with a 15.20. Behind Laing, Newburger placed second on pommel horse with a 15.00. Sophomore Drew Moling placed second on vault with a 14.85 and Martin finished third on high bar having scored a 14.75.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
NO. 1 PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions sit atop the rankings for the second consecutive week with an average team score of 444.375. Penn State enters competition Saturday having competed in two meets so far this season. The Nittany Lions defeated Army, 447.850-404.150, in their season opening meet Jan. 12, capturing five of six individual events. Penn State took first place at the Navy Open Jan. 19, topping the field of William & Mary, Temple, Navy and Springfield College with a 440.900 team score. The Nittany Lions won all six events and five of the six individual events. Penn State currently ranks first in four events including pommel horse (75.050), rings (74.025), vault (74.925) and high bar (75.775). The team also ranks second on parallel bars (72.700) and seventh on floor exercise (71.900). Individually, freshman Trevor Howard paves the way ranking second on rings (15.425), fourth on vault (15.175), sixth on parallel bars (14.975) and fourth in the all-around (86.150). Behind Howard, senior Felix Aronovich ranks first on high bar (15.500), fourth on pommel horse (15.000) and third on parallel bars (15.250).
LAST SEASON AGAINST PENN STATE
The Ohio State men's gymnastics team fell to No. 2 Penn State, 355.500-347.200, despite posting three event season highs in a dual competition at St. John Arena Feb. 25. Ohio State started the meet on floor where it posted a 58.100. Danny Steiner tied his season high of 15.30 to place first in the competition while Misha Koudinov tallied a 14.80 to place third. The Buckeyes moved to pommel horse for the second rotation, earning a team event season high of 58.80. Michael Newburger had the high score of the meet with a career-high 15.35. Ohio State posted another season-high on rings with a 58.00. Philip Onorato led the way for the team with a 14.75 to place fourth. Larry Mayer scored a 14.90 on vault in the fourth rotation to lead the Buckeyes with a fifth-place finish. The Buckeyes tallied their third event season high of the night on parallel bars with a 57.350. Koudinov scored a career-high15.000 to earn second place at the meet. Lastly, the Scarlet and Gray earned a team score of 56.460 on high bar as Blaize Monks won the individual event title with a career-high 15.60.
WINDY CITY INVITATIONAL
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 a score 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).
DONE, KOUDINOV 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.
The Buckeyes take a break from Big Ten competition to compete at the Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 7-9.