Aug. 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s gymnastics team members Jake Martin and Michael Newburger and former team members John Laing and Blaize Monks have been named All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2012-13 season by the College Gymnastics Association.
Newburger, a native of Austin, Texas, was honored as a first team All-American Scholar-Athlete after holding a grade point average of 3.95 in physics and mathematics throughout 2012-13. As a redshirt junior, Newburger earned his second career All-America honor after claiming the 2013 NCAA Championship on pommel horse at the 2013 NCAA Individual Event Finals. In addition, Newburger was honored as an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All Big-Ten, and was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team.
Martin, a native of Oviedo, Fla., was named a first team All-American Scholar-Athlete after earning a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.599. As a freshman, Martin posted a total of seven Top 5 finishes on five different events. Martin was also named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Monks, a Noblesville, Ind., native earned first team All-American Scholar-Athlete honors after earning a grade point average between 3.70 and 3.799 while Laing, a North Reading, Mass., native earned second team All-American Scholar-Athlete honors after holding a grade point average between 3.30 and 3.399. Laing was also named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten.