Ohio State Claims 2006 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championship
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Five different teams held leads throughout the night, but it was Ohio State who found themselves in first place with a score of 215.625 when it mattered. The Buckeyes took over the top position after the fifth rotation of the night, and had a strong showing on the floor exercise to hold on for the 2006 Big Ten Championship.
With a total score of 54.150, Justin Spring of Illinois took home the only individual medal of the night in the all-around competition. Spring's scores on the floor exercise, parallel bars and vault were the highest of the night, which allowed him to edge teammate Wesley Haagensen for the top spot.
Ohio State's combined score of 36.950 on the horizontal bar in the fifth rotation propelled them into first place ahead of Iowa and Illinois. Led by Willie Ito and David Ortiz, who had the first- and second-best marks of the evening on the apparatus, the Buckeyes bettered Illinois fifth-rotation score on the rings (36.300) and Iowa's score on the parallel bars (34.300).
The Buckeyes then scored even higher on the floor exercise, their last event of the night, and put up the highest score of the night, 37.150, to increase their lead and hold on for the team championship. Jimmy Wickham's 9.550 was the second-best individual score of the night, and led Ohio State in the event.
It was the second-consecutive Big Ten Championship for the No. 3 Buckeyes, and the 11th in school history.