No. 4 Ohio State to Host No. 15 UIC Saturday
Blaize Monks

March 7, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will host No. 15 UIC in a co-ed dual meet with the women’s gymnastics team at St. John Arena Saturday March 9. The meet is slated to start at 4 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids under 12 and $4 for group tickets (10 or more) when purchased in advance. Ohio State students receive free admission with a valid Buck-ID.

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After the meet, the program will honor seniors John Laing and Blaize Monks.


The OSU marching band will be in attendance at Saturday’s meet, and the men’s gymnastics team will hold a Meet & Greet at the conclusion of competition where they will be autographing posters.


The Buckeyes move up one spot to No. 4 in the most recent GymInfo poll with a three score average of 435.317.

After its fifth week of team competition, Ohio State continues to rank within the top 10 of all six events. The Buckeyes currently rank third on floor exercise (75.000) and pommel horse (73.017), fourth on high bar (72.050), and vault (73.817), and ninth on rings (72.600) and parallel bars (70.567).


Floor Exercise

No. 4 Danny Steiner - 15.450

No. 8 Jeff Treleaven - 15.283

Pommel Horse

No. 1 Michael Newburger - 15.433

No. 4 John Laing - 15.150


No. 12 Drew Moling - 15.250


No. 4 Jeff Treleaven - 15.167

No. 10 Drew Moling - 14.967

No. 13 Larry Mayer - 14.950

High Bar

No. 7 Jake Martin - 14.950

No. 20 Kris Done - 14.650


The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted its best team score of the season Feb. 23, but was edged by defending national champion No. 7 Illinois, 438.600-438.000, at St. John Arena.

The Buckeyes tallied team bests on three events in addition to posting their best overall team score of the season. Ohio State notched team highs on floor exercise (75.350), rings (73.150) and parallel bars (71.300).

Four Buckeyes also won individual event titles against the Illini. Laing earned his second event title of the season on pommel horse with a career-high 15.55, while sophomore Alex Nork posted a season-high 14.80 to win the title on parallel bars. Treleaven tied his career high with a 15.30 to place first on vault and freshman Alex Johnson scored a career-high 15.20 to claim first on high bar.


UIC comes into Columbus at No. 15 in the most recent Gym Info poll with a three score average of  408.967.

After the fourth week of team competition, the Flames rank within the Top 15 of five events, currently ranking 14th on rings (69.583), vault (70.783) and high bar (68.000) and 15th on pommel horse (67.800) and parallel bars (68.067).             

Individually, two UIC gymnasts are ranked in the all-around as junior Joseph Hodges ranks No. 12 with a three-score average of 83.067 while sophomore Jason Gaides ranks No. 16 with a three-score average of 81.517.

The Flames have faced five ranked teams this season in No. 4 Ohio State, No. 6 Illinois, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 7 Minnesota and No. 11 Air Force.


Saturday’s meet will mark the second meeting between the teams this season, as Ohio State previously faced UIC at the Windy City Invitational Jan. 19. The Buckeyes came away with the 427.75-401.60 win.

Prior to the Windy City Invitational, the teams last met at a quad meet hosted by UIC on March 6, 2011. Ohio State placed first after posting the best event total on floor exercise (59.400), pommel horse (56.400), rings (58.700) and parallel bars (56.000) for a 343.700 overall team total.

Air Force finished second with a 341.600, while UIC placed third with a 339.000 and Temple rounded out the meet with a 332.900 for fourth place.


With their current No. 4 ranking, the Buckeyes have now ranked within the Top 5 in the nation for the entire 2012-13 season while also improving upon last year’s No. 5 ranking at this point in the year.


The rules for participation changed as of March 1. Through the last day of February, six gymnasts were allowed to perform per event with the top five scores counting toward the team score. As of March 1, only five gymnasts are allowed to perform per event with all five scores counting towards the overall team score. 


Newburger has now ranked No. 1 on pommel horse for three consecutive weeks, holding a 15.433 three-score average after the fourth team meet of the season. The Austin, Texas, native scored a 15.40 to capture his third individual event title of the season on pommel horse vs. No. 3 Michigan Feb. 16. The redshirt junior posted a career-high 15.50 en route to winning the pommel horse individual event title at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 9. Newburger, an All-American on the event, earned his first individual event title of the season after scoring a 15.40 against No. 1 Penn State.


The Buckeyes have a bye week before returning to action at No. 3 Oklahoma March 23 at 7 p.m.  The meet will take place at the Howard McCasland Field House.