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    Ohio State Overpowers Men's Gymnastics

    Neil Faustino took second in the all-around on Saturday night.
    Neil Faustino took second in the all-around on Saturday night.
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    Jan. 24, 2004

    Chicago, Ill.- The UIC men's gymnastics team knew they had a tough task at hand when they welcomed in the No. 1 team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes, into the UIC Physcial Education Building on Saturday night.

    The Flames refused to back down, but in the end the Buckeyes performed like the nation's top squad, downing UIC 214.450-208.150.

    Ohio State (7-0) won every event and made quality hit after quality hit, led by all-around winner Randy Monahan. Monahan, who won the all-around title at the Windy City Invitational at the PEB two weeks ago, made himself comfortable in the Flames' house for the second time this season, winning four events.

    The Flames (1-5) were paced by Neil Faustino, who placed second in the all-around with a score of 51.700.

    UIC received some clutch performances throughoutt the night, including Eric Novick's vault and pommel horse contributions. Novick placed second on the pommel with a 9.2.

    Nick Stavros rebounded from a tough pommel horse performance to place third on the still rings.

    Second-year man Andrew Krueger, fresh off his 2003 NCAA qualifying berth in the floor exercise, was stellar on the mat, leading the Flames with a strong third-place floor routine that scored an 8.8.

    Jon Joyce finished the meet with an outstanding horizontal bar showing, placing third on the apparatus with a score of 9.2.

    UIC will return to action as the team takes to the road for the first time this season, traveling to Minneapolis on Saturday, January 31st for a return bout with the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 7 p.m.