No. 5 Ohio State to Host No. 3 Michigan
Feb. 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will host No. 3 Michigan in its first home dual meet of the season at St. John Arena Saturday afternoon. The meet is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. and will broadcast live on BTN.
PROMOTIONS VS. MICHIGAN
The first 300 fans in attendance will receive Ohio State men’s gymnastics water bottles. Fans will also be able to register to win two tickets to the Ohio State men’s basketball game against Michigan State at 4 p.m. Feb. 24.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes hold steady at No. 5 in the most recent GymInfo poll with an average team score of 429.817. After the third week of competition, Ohio State continues to rank within the Top 10 of all six events. The Buckeyes currently rank third on floor exercise (73.750), fourth on pommel horse (71.883) and high bar (70.567), fifth on vault (72.967) and eighth on parallel bars (69.783) and rings (70.867).
A NEW NUMBER ONE
True freshman Jake Martin earned his first No.1 ranking in the all-around two weeks ago after posting a career-high 88.000 against No. 1 Penn State. Martin captured an individual event title onhigh bar (15.250) and placed second on pommel horse (15.150) in his debut collegiate meet at the Windy City Invitational. In addition to placing second in the all-around, Martin won his second high bar event title of the season with a career-high 15.500, tied for second on vault with a career-high 15.050 and finished third on pommel horse with a 14.950 against No. 1 Penn State.
LAST TIME OUT
In its first dual meet of the season, the No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell to No. 1 Penn State, 444.300-432.300, Feb. 2 at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes posted their highest overall team score of the season against the Nittany Lions, while also tying or setting a new season-best team score in three of six events. Ohio State posted a season-best team score on pommel horse and high bar, tallying scores of 73.000 and 73.250, respectively. The Buckeyes also tied their season-best team score on rings with a 71.800. Redshirt junior Michael Newburger claimed an individual event title on pommel horse for the Buckeyes with a career-high 15.400. Sophomore Drew Moling and Martin led the Buckeyes on vault during the third rotation, each scoring a career-high 15.050 to tie for second place on the event. On high bar, Martin scored a career-high 15.500 to earn an individual event title for the second time this season. He was followed by junior Kris Done, who posted a season-best 15.100 to finish in second place.
SCOUTING NO. 3 MICHIGAN
The Wolverines enter Columbus with an average team score of 436.800. Michigan currently ranks first on parallel bars (73.850), second on floor exercise (74.700), pommel horse (71.967) and vault (74.033), fifth on rings (73.383) and eighth on high bar (68.867). U-M captured its first Windy City Invitational title since 2009 this year, scoring a 431.300 to defeat then-No. 1 Illinois and then-No. 4 Ohio State who tied for second with a 427.750. Michigan then set nine individual career highs en route to upsetting No. 2 Stanford, and swept all individual event titles in its victory over No. 10 Cal. Most recently, sophomore Adrian de los Angeles was selected to the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team at the conclusion of the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge.
LAST SEASON AGAINST MICHIGAN
The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team claimed a 334.200 team total for second place in a tri-meet against No. 7 Michigan and SUNY Brockport Feb. 18 at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won the tri-meet with a 345.700, while the Golden Eagles finished in third place with a 275.700. Ohio State began the evening on pommel horse and collected a 54.900 team total led by freshman Alex Nork, who posted a season-high 14.10 to place second overall. He was followed by junior John Laing with a 14.0 mark, who tied for third overall. On floor exercise, freshman Danny Steiner claimed a team-best 14.900 to help the Buckeyes collect a 56.900 total. Steiner tied for first overall in the meet with Sam Mikulak of Michigan. On parallel bars, the Scarlet and Gray posted a 53.100 team total led by Koudinov, who collected a 13.70 on the event to tie for second place.
THE ROAD TO COLORADO SPRINGS
Two current and two former Buckeyes competed for a spot on the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge at the LV Center in Las Vegas Feb. 7-9. Done, a two-time NCAA All-American, placed 21st overall in the all-around with a two day score of 160.000. The Auckland, New Zealand native earned one top 10 and two top 20 finishes, placing third on high bar with a two-day score of 28.500, tying for 13th on parallel bars with a 27.900 and tying for 14th on floor exercise with a 28.200. Former Buckeye Ty Echard scored a 14.400 during the first day of competition and a 15.550 during the second day of competition to notch a two-day score of 29.950 and second place on pommel horse overall. Former Buckeye Brandon Wynn was selected to the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team at the conclusion of the Winter Cup.
POMMEL HORSE SPECIALIST
Newburger scored a career-high 15.500 en route to winning the pommel horse individual event title at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge. Newburger, an All-American and native of Austin, Texas, has now won two individual event titles on pommel horse this season, the other coming against No. 1 Penn State.
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 continue their three-meet homestand, hosting defending national champion No. 7 Illinois in a co-ed dual meet with the women’s gymnastics team at St. John Arena. The meet is slated to start at 4 p.m.