April 17, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team continues the postseason at the 2013 NCAA Championships April 19-21 at Rec Hall at Penn State. The Buckeyes will open competition Friday night at 7 p.m. in the second of two qualifying sessions, with the team and all-around competition held Saturday at 7 p.m. and the individual championships held Sunday at 2 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes remain at No. 5 in the most recent GymInfo poll with a national qualifying average of 431.575. Ohio State continues to rank within the Top 10 of all six events after the eighth week of competition. The Buckeyes rank third on floor exercise (74.312), pommel horse (71.462) and vault (73.650), fourth on high bar (71.312) and ninth on rings (71.312) and parallel bars (71.262).
No. 4 Danny Steiner - 15.431
No. 13 Jeff Treleaven - 15.000
No. 4 Michael Newburger - 14.825
No. 8 John Laing - 14.737
No. 8 Larry Mayer – 15.050
No. 13 Jeff Treleaven - 14.925
No. 17 Drew Moling - 14.612
No. 18 Misha Koudinov - 14.587
IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships with a 426.600 team total.
• Sophomore Danny Steiner placed second overall on floor exercise during the event finals to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors, while classmate Drew Moling earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship award for Ohio State.
• Overall, five Buckeyes qualified to the individual event finals at the Big Ten Championships.
• Michael Newburger held the No.1 ranking on pommel horse for four consecutive weeks this season (Feb. 18 – March 11), and has earned four individual event titles this year.
• Jeff Treleaven tied the Ohio State record on vault with a 15.45 at No. 2 Oklahoma March 23. In addition, the Glen Ellyn, Ill. native has earned three individual event titles this year.
• Steiner earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors for his performances against No. 15 UIC March 9. The award marks the first weekly honor for the Mesa, Ariz., native.
The Buckeyes will go up against No. 1 Penn State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 12 Temple in the second qualifying session. The first qualifying session, set for 1 p.m., will feature No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force.
The top three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams along with the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor will advance from each qualifying session to the finals session.
NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
Ohio State gymnasts have earned 26 NCAA individual championships. Most recently, U.S. Senior National Team member and former Buckeye Brandon Wynn won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011 on rings. Former Buckeye Blaine Wilson leads the OSU record books with six national championships, followed by Drew Durbin and Jamie Natalie who each earned three.
NCAA TEAM CHAMPIONS
The Buckeyes have won three NCAA Team Championships, with the most recent title coming in 2001 at St. John Arena. Three members of the 2001 squad notched individual event championship titles as Jamie Natalie won the all-around, Daren Lynch won on vault and Raj Bhavsar, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, won on parallel bars.
Ohio State won its second national crown at the 1996 NCAA Championships. Former Buckeye and three-time Olympian Blaine Wilson captured the all-around, rings and parallel bars titles while Drew Durbin earned a national championship on pommel horse.
The Buckeyes won the program’s first national championship in 1985. Twin brothers Noah and Seth Riskin were named co-champions on parallel bars at the event finals.
Since Don Perry first earned All-America status on the trampoline in 1954, Ohio State has had 53 gymnasts collect the honor. In Ohio State history, former Buckeyes Mike Racanelli (1987-90) and Blaine Wilson (1994-97) tallied 10 individual honors each in only three seasons. Last season, the Buckeyes garnered five All-American honors, tying the single-season program record with the 1993 and 2002 campaigns, respectively. Former Buckeye Ty Echard, juniors Kris Done, Misha Koudinov and Michael Newburger and sophomore Danny Steiner all earned All-America status at the elite collegiate competition in Norman, Okla.
2012 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
As a team, the Buckeyes notched a 345.350 in the first session of the team qualifier at the 2012 NCAA Championships, but finished fourth behind Michigan (353.450), Penn State (353.000) and Stanford (348.500).
As individuals, Ohio State advanced all seven of its qualifying members to the 2012 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Event Finals. Former Buckeye Ty Echard along with Koudinov, Kris Done, Newburger and Steiner earned All-America honors.
Echard, a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist, became a three-time All-American to conclude his decorated OSU career after placing seventh on pommel horse with 14.45 on the event. A native of Carroll, Ohio, Echard became just the second Buckeye in program history to claim at least three All-America honors on pommel horse.
Newburger, a native of Austin, Texas, concluded a breakout year with his first career All-America honor, placing third on pommel horse with a 15.10.
Also earning their first career awards were Koudinov and Steiner. A native of Mesa, Arizona, Steiner began the squad's night on floor exercise and notched a 15.05 to tie for sixth overall. Koudinov, a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten selection, tied for third on parallel bars in the event finals with a 14.95. Rounding out the All-American list for the Scarlet and Gray was Done, who claimed his second-consecutive All-America laurel on high bar with a 14.70 to tie for fifth.
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. 7 ranking at this point in the year.
The sophomore class has paved the way for the Buckeyes this season. Steiner has earned two individual event titles on floor exercise and four Top 3 finishes while Moling has captured two individual event titles (high bar and rings) and 11 Top 3 finishes. In addition, Mayer has won one individual event title on vault while also notching five Top 3 finishes throughout the regular season.
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.
FIVE UP, FIVE COUNT
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.
DONE, KOUDINOV TEAM CAPTAINS
Done, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, earned his second consecutive All-America honor on high bar in 2012 after finishing fifth overall at the NCAA Individual Event Championships last spring in Norman, Okla., having missed the majority of the season due to injury.
Koudinov earned his first All-America honor last season after tying for third on parallel bars at the NCAA Individual Event Championships. Ohio State’s 2012 Sportsmanship honoree, Koudinov earned second team All-Big Ten honors after scoring a 15.20 on floor exercise to tie for third place and a 15.05 on parallel bars to finish in second place at the conference championships.