March 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State men's gymnastics team concludes the 2012 home schedule at 7 p.m. Friday night in a dual meet vs. No. 4 Stanford at St. John Arena. As part of Senior Night, the Buckeyes will recognize seniors Mike Carney, Elliott Hardy, Philip Onorato, Mike Behles and Ty Echard prior to the competition vs. the Cardinal.
THE 2012 SENIOR CLASS
A native of Norwalk, Connecticut and son of Donna and Timothy Carney, Carney earned a spot on the varsity squad in the fall of 2010. This year, Mike competed for the Buckeyes on parallel bars in a road meet at Illinois last weekend, scoring a team-best 14.5 on the event for fourth overall in his first meet of 2012. A Human Nutrition major, Mike plans to go to physical therapy school after graduating.
A native of Plano, Texas and son of Doug and Linda Hardy, Hardy was co-captain for the Buckeyes as a junior during the 2011 campaign. Hardy has competed for the Buckeyes in six regular season meets, including at home against Penn State in 2012. A Sport and Leisure Studies major, Elliott plans to coach collegiate gymnastics after graduating.
A native of Plano, Texas and son of John and Linda Onorato, Onorato was named a 2010 All-American after scoring a 15.95 on vault at the NCAA Championships in West Point. Phil was also the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year after earning the best all-around score by a rookie at the Big Ten Championships, while claiming first team All-Big Ten honors. A Consumer Sciences major, Phil plants to find a job after graduation.
A native of Wayne, Illinois and son of Rich and Cindy Behles, Behles was the 2011 Big Ten Vault Co-Champion and a 2011 First Team All-Big Ten selection after notching a team-best 16.15 vault score last season in Champaign, Illinois. Mike has represented the Buckeyes at the NCAA and Big Ten Championships the last three seasons. A Consumer Sciences major, Mike plans to help his father with the family company in Illinois after graduation.
A native of Carroll, Ohio and son of Tom and Mary Echard, Echard is a two-time All-American on pommel horse, claiming third-place finishes at the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Championships. Echard, who has posted 10 career pommel horse titles, holds the school record on the event with a 15.7 set at Michigan during his sophomore season. A Biology major, Ty plans to continue to compete in gymnastics after graduating and would like to go to Dental School.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
As a team, Ohio State stays at No. 5 in the latest GymInfo National Rankings released March 5 with a three-score average of 346.483. The Buckeyes are polled in the Top 10 in all six events, including fourth place on floor exercise (59.367) and pommel horse (58.067), seventh on vault (58.717) and high bar (56.783), tied for eighth with Michigan on rings (57.717) and tenth on parallel bars (56.650).
Individually, six members are ranked in the Top 20 nationally in the event three-score average polls. Senior co-captain Ty Echard leads the squad with a fourth place ranking on pommel horse (15.150). Junior co-captain Blaize Monks is fifth overall on high bar (14.917), while freshman Danny Steiner is sixth nationally on floor exercise (15.200). Freshman Larry Mayer is eighth overall on vault (15.033), sophomore Misha Koudinov is tied for eighth on floor exercise (15.167) and redshirt sophomore Michael Newburger is 18th on pommel horse (14.583).
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes fell at No. 4 Illinois, 355.100-341.300, March 2 at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. Ohio State claimed a season-high 59.100 on vault, while senior co-captain Ty Echard notched a season-high 15.2 on pommel horse to tie for first overall. Senior Mike Carney collected a team-best 14.5 on parallel bars for fourth overall in his first collegiate meet of 2012, while freshman Alex Nork posted a season-high 14.7 on pommel horse for third overall. On vault, Larry Mayer continued to lead the Scarlet and Gray on the event with a season-high 15.2 for second overall. Freshman Drew Moling posted a 14.6 on rings to tie for fourth overall.
The Buckeyes have been led by multiple freshmen this season as the 2015 class has collected 19 Top 5 finishes through five regular season meets.
Freshman Danny Steiner leads the way with eight Top 5 finishes, including two event titles on floor exercise at Michigan Feb. 18 and against Penn State Feb. 25. Freshman Larry Mayer has guided the team on vault, scoring a top 5 mark in each of the five meets this season, including a first-place performance at home vs. Oklahoma Jan. 21. Freshmen Alex Nork and Drew Moling have each notched three Top 5 scores in 2012.
WYNN SELECTED TO U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Current volunteer assistant coach and former Buckeye Buckeye Brandon Wynn (2008-11), a two-time NCAA rings champion, was selected to the U.S. Senior Men's National Team following his performance in the finals at the 2012 Winter Cup Challenge. This is the fourth-consecutive U.S. Senior National Team for the former Buckeye All-American. The two-time defending U.S. rings champion, Wynn notched a 175.000 two-day all-around total, including an 88.000 in the finals for third overall at the elite national event. On rings Wynn won the national title with a 30.950 two-day total, with a meet-high of 15.60 in the finals. In addition to his rings victory Wynn was able to place in the Top 10 with a third-place finish on parallel bars (29.70) and two eighth-place finishes on vault (31.450) and high bar (28.70).
WINTER CUP CHALLENGE
The Scarlet and Gray had a strong performance at the Winter Cup Challenge with one current and two former members of the Ohio State gymnastics team qualifying for finals. Current Buckeye senior co-captain Ty Echard finished third overall on pommel horse with a 30.250 two-day total. The OSU co-captain posted the second-highest score in the finals on pommel horse with a 15.500 Former Buckeye Tai Lee had three Top 20 finishes on rings (27.600), high bar (27.100) and vault (30.450). Former Buckeye and two-time NCAA rings champion Brandon Wynn who won the rings competition and had three Top ten finishes and was selected for the U.S. Senior National Team. Former Buckeye Sean Regan also performed at the competition in the preliminary round.
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 15.10. 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.
The Buckeyes conclude the 2012 regular season in a tri-meet against Minnesota and Oklahoma March 24 in Saint Paul, Minn.