April 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nine members of the No. 3 Ohio State men's gymnastics team were honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes Monday night at the 47th-annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union.
Junior Cory Barnes (Political Science), freshman Jake Dastrup (Sport Industry), senior Misha Koudinov (Japanese), sophomore Jake Martin (Political Science), junior Larry Mayer (Sport Industry), freshman Sean Melton (Management and Industry Exploration), redshirt senior Michael Newburger (Physics), redshirt freshman Emeric Quade (Biochemistry) and redshirt senior Nick Tagliaferro (Health Information Management and Systems) were all named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.
In addition, Newburger was a finalist for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor. A native of Austin, Texas, Newburger is a four-time Distinguished Merit Scholar as well as a four-time National Buckeye Scholar and three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. The 2013 NCAA Champion and a two-time All-American on pommel horse, Newburger holds the NCAA and Ohio State record on the event (16.25), which he set at the 2014 Windy City Invitational, earning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and CGA National Gymnast of the Week honors for his performance. A team captain, Newburger is also the 2013 Winter Cup Champion and the 2013 U.S. Bronze Medalist on pommel horse, and was named the 2013 Ohio State Men's Gymnast of the Year.
Academically, Newburger has earned Capital One Academic At-Large First Team (2013) and Capital One Academic All-District Team (2012-13) honors as well as being four-time Academic All-Big Ten and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. A double major in physics and mathematics, Newburger plans to continue his undergraduate research and will begin a physics PhD program in the fall with a research focus on experimental condensed matter.