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Ohio State Continues Dominance of Gymnastic Championships

April 28, 1996

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Blaine Wilson earned two co-championships and Drew Durbin defended his pommel-horse title as Ohio State concluded a three-day run of dominance Saturday night in the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships.

Wilson shared championships with Scott McCall of William & Mary on the rings and with Jamie Ellis of Stanford on the parallel bars. Wilson, a junior, won the individual all-around title Thursday night and led Ohio State to the team title Friday night.

Durbin, like Wilson a member of the U.S. national team, won his second straight national rings title, posting a 9.875 score. He also had a fifth-place finish in the horizontal bar. Wilson was fourth in that event.

Wilson earned a share of the parallel-bars title despite suffering a leg injury during the vault, the previous event.

McCall, a non-scholarship athlete who also is an academic All-America, gave William & Mary its first-ever individual NCAA title by tying Wilson for the rings crown.

Other individual champions were Stanford’s Ian Bachrach in the floor exercise, Jay Thornton of Iowa in the vault and Carl Imhauser of Temple on the horizontal bar.

Bachrach and Thornton supplanted each other as titlists. In the floor exercise, Bachrach scored a 9.9125 _ the highest score of the night in any event _ to beat Thornton, the defending titlist who had a 9.8625.

In the vault, defending champion Bachrach’s 9.55 was second to Thornton’s 9.6125.

Bachrach also tied for second on the horizontal bar with California’s David Kruse at 9.85, and Thornton added a third in the parallel bars.

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