April 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team opens the postseason with the 2013 Big Ten Championships April 5-6 in the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota. Competition is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET both days.
LIVE ON BTN
The Big Ten Network will air the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships live with Mike Wolf on the play-by-play and John Roethlisberger and Rob Brown as analysts. Start times for both nights are at 8 p.m. ET beginning with the team championships Friday followed by the individual event finals Saturday.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes remain at No. 5 in the most recent GymInfo poll with a four score average of 433.233.
After the seventh 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 (74.450), pommel horse (72.600) and vault (73.717), fourth on high bar (71.867), ninth on rings (72.267) and 10th on parallel bars (70.650).
No. 4 Danny Steiner - 15.400
No. 10 Jeff Treleaven - 15.150
No. 2 Michael Newburger - 15.267
No. 14 John Laing - 14.767
No. 16 Drew Moling - 15.117
No. 2 Jeff Treleaven – 15.167
No. 9 Larry Mayer - 14.933
No. 20 Drew Moling – 14.600
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State fell to No. 2 Oklahoma, 441.250-426.750, March 23 at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.
Ohio State posted a 74.35 on vault to win the event title. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven claimed his third consecutive individual event title on vault with a career-high 15.45.
Four other Buckeyes claimed Top 3 finishes as redshirt junior Michael Newburger notched a 14.90 to place second on pommel horse, sophomore Larry Mayer scored a 15.10 to place second on vault, junior Misha Koudinov posted a season-high 15.00 to finish second on parallel bars and senior Blaize Monks notched a 14.95 to finish third on high bar.
2012 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State placed fifth with a team score of 343.650 at the 2012 Big Ten Championships April 6-7 in Carver Hawkeye Arena at the University of Iowa.
Former Buckeye Ty Echard highlighted the team's Saturday night at the 2012 Big Ten Individual Event Finals with his first conference title as he was named co-champion on pommel horse with a 14.85. Echard, a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist, shared the title with Penn State's Craig Hernandez.
With his performance, Echard was named a First Team All-Big Ten honoree, while Misha Koudinov was selected to the second team.
Koudinov, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, started the competition for the Buckeyes on floor where he nailed an impressive set and earned a 15.20 to tie for third place. Koudinov went two for two on the day when he competed on parallel bars with a solid performance that earned a 15.05 and second place overall.
With their current No. 5 ranking, the Buckeyes have now ranked within the Top 5 in the nation for all but one week of the season while also improving upon last year’s No. 6 ranking at this point in the year.
POMMEL HORSE SPECIALIST
Prior to his current No. 2 ranking on pommel horse, Newburger was ranked No. 1 on the event for four consecutive weeks (Feb. 18 - March 11). The Austin, Texas, native has claimed four individual event titles on pommel horse this season, the most recent coming against No. 15 UIC March 9 with a 15.00. The redshirt junior and All-American scored a 15.40 to capture the event title vs. No. 3 Michigan, a career-high 15.50 en route to winning the pommel horse title at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge, and a 15.40 to earn an individual event title against No. 1 Penn State.
Currently ranked No. 2 on vault, redshirt sophomore Jeff Treleaven has won three consecutive individual vault titles for the Buckeyes. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native and 2011 All-American on vault captured his first individual event title of the season with a 15.30 against No. 7 Illinois Feb. 23 before claiming his second title with a 14.95 against No. 15 UIC March 9 and his third title with a career-high and team best 15.45 at No. 2 Oklahoma March 23.
The sophomore class has paved the way for the Buckeyes this season. Behind Treleaven, Danny Steiner has earned two individual event titles on floor exercise and three Top 3 finishes while Drew Moling has captured two individual event titles (high bar and rings) and 11 Top 3 finishes. In addition, Larry Mayer has won one individual event title on vault while also notching four Top 3 finishes throughout the regular season.
BIG TEN GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Danny Steiner earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors for his performance against No. 15 UIC March 9. The award marked the first weekly honor for the Mesa, Ariz., native.
Steiner placed within the top three of every event he competed in as the Buckeyes posted a season-best 439.200 in a dual meet win over No. 15 UIC. He placed first on floor exercise with a 15.70, tied a career-best 14.90 to place second on vault and scored a career-best 14.45 to place third on parallel bars.
An All-American on floor exercise in 2012, Steiner currently ranks No.4 on the event with a four-score average of 15.400.
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Nine gymnasts were named to the Academic All-Big Ten list March 27. Cory Barnes (Political Science), Kris Done (International Studies), Brandän Jones (Japanese), Misha Koudinov (Japanese), John Laing (Civil Engineering), Larry Mayer (Sport Industry), Michael Newburger (Physics), Danny Steiner (Undeclared) and Nick Tagliaferro (Health and Rehabilitation Services) all received the academic honor.
OHIO STATE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
The Buckeyes honored 11 men’s gymnasts as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes for the 2012-13 school year April 1 at the 46th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the Ohio Union. Barnes, Done, Jones, Koudinov, Laing, Jake Martin, Mayer, Newburger, Emeric Quade, Steiner and Tagliaferro all received the Ohio State academic honor.
Ohio State has a bye week before returning to postseason action at the NCAA Championships April 19-21 in Rec Hall at Penn State. Qualifying sessions will be held on Friday at 1 and 7 p.m., while the team and all-around competition will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the individual championships will take place Sunday at 2 p.m.