Moling, Newburger Named Team Captains

Oct. 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Redshirt senior Michael Newburger and junior Drew Moling have been named team captains of the 2013-14 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team.

“We are excited to announce our two captains,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “Newburger’s accomplishments over the past two years speak for themselves. His dedication has led him to become an NCAA Champion on pommel horse and an Academic All-American as a double major in physics and math.

“Moling is the student-athlete who is always involved with the team, both inside and outside of the gym. He is a very hard worker and is always providing ideas to help the team become better.”

A native of Austin, Texas, Newburger claimed the 2013 NCAA Pommel Horse title, becoming the second gymnast in program history to win a title on the event and the first since Drew Durbin won three consecutive titles (1995-97). A two-time All-American, Newburger also claimed the 2013 Winter Cup Pommel Horse title in addition to winning four individual event titles and ranking No. 1 on pommel horse for four consecutive weeks (Feb. 18 – March 11) throughout the 2012-13 regular season.

Academically, Newburger earned Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team honors in 2013 and is also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and three-time Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be elected team captain, especially in my senior year,” Newburger said. “This is a particularly great group of guys who bring a lot of strength and depth to the team and I look forward to competing with them and helping lead the team toward a successful future.”

Moling, a native of Canal Winchester, Ohio, earned 14 Top 5 finishes throughout the regular season last year, including an individual event title on high bar (15.05) against defending national champion Michigan and an individual event title on rings (15.50) against No. 15 UIC. The 2013 Ohio State Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree, Moling advanced to the individual event finals on parallel bars at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in eighth place.

“It’s a great honor to be named one of the team captains,” Moling said. “I’m excited to help lead this team to a successful season.”

The Buckeyes open the 2014 season with the Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. The annual exhibition meet will be held at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility.