Ohio State Concludes Regular Season at Minnesota Saturday
Freshman Drew Moling

March 23, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 6 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team concludes the 2012 regular season in a tri-meet at No.6 Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET Saturday at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. No. 1 Oklahoma also will be in action against the Buckeyes and Gophers.

• Senior captain Ty Echard was named a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist this week by the College Gymnastics Association.
• The squad ranks No. 6 in the GymInfo national rankings released March 19 with a 344.400 four-score average.
• The Buckeyes are polled in the Top 10 in all six events as a team.
• The Scarlet and Gray are third in the country on pommel horse with a 58.067 four-score average.
• Senior captain Ty Echard is fifth in the nation on pommel horse with of 15.150 four-score average. Sophomore Michael Newburger is tied for 12th overall (14.533).
• Echard helped the Buckeyes post a team record 61.05 on pommel horse March 9 on Senior Night vs. No. 4 Stanford after scoring a school record 15.9 on the event.
• Junior captain Blaize Monks is tied for 13th on high bar with a 14.417, while freshman Danny Steiner is seventh in the nation on floor exercise with a 15.15.
• Freshman Larry Mayer is 11th in the nation on vault with a 14.933 four-score average.
• The Buckeyes posted a season-high 347.750 team score vs. Oklahoma Jan. 21 in the season opener at St. John Arena.
• The Buckeye freshman class has claimed 23 Top 5 finishes through six regular season meets. Steiner leads the 2015 class with 10 Top 5 marks.
• Ohio State began the season winning the 2012 Windy City Invitational Jan. 14 with a 344.500 team score.

Senior captain Ty Echard was named a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist this past week by the College Gymnastics Association. The Scarlet and Gray have produced a candidate to the award's finalists list 11 of the last 14 seasons. Echard was named an All-American in both the 2009 and 2011 campaigns after placing third on pommel horse in both the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Championships. A two-time All-Big Ten honoree, Echard holds the school record on the event with a 15.9 set in his final meet at St. John Arena against Stanford March 9. Overall, Echard has won 11 pommel horse titles in his career.

The Buckeyes fell to No. 4 Stanford, 355.800-347.400, March 9 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ty Echard set a school record on pommel horse with a 15.9, while the team claimed a program-record 61.05 on the event. The Buckeyes also posted a season high of 58.10 on rings, with senior Philip Onorato set an individual team best of 15.25 for the season. Sophomore Misha Koudinov tallied an 84.25 in the all-around competition.

Freshman Danny Stiener led the team on floor exercise for third place with a 15.25. The Buckeyes swept the Top 3 on pommel horse with Echard placing first, junior John Laing taking second with a career-high 15.4 and redshirt sophomore Michael Newburger claiming third place with a 15.2. Sophomore Misha Koudinov tied for second overall on parallel bars with a 14.75.

The Buckeyes begin postseason competition April 6-7 at the 2012 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.