April 27, 2016


• 25-6 overall (19-1 B1G)
• 2016 Big Ten Champions
• Third Place, 2016 NCAA Championships
• No. 3 scoring average nationally (438.438)


• Senior captain Alex Johnson won a national title on high bar as Ohio State finished third as a team at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships April 16 in front of a raucous crowd of 3,592 at historic St. John Arena, the best finish for the Buckeyes at the NCAA finals since 2005.

• Led by Johnson, six different Buckeyes were named All-Americans, the most at an NCAA championship in school history. OSU athletes collected a total of nine All-America awards at the championships.

• Ohio State finished second overall in its NCAA qualifying session to advance to the NCAA finals for the second time in three seasons.

NCAA Champion
Alex Johnson (high bar)

Alex Johnson (high bar)
Alec Yoder (all-around, pommel horse, rings)
Sean Melton (rings, high bar)
Seth Delbridge (vault)
Emeric Quade (floor exercise)
Alex Wilson (vault)


• Ohio State captured the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championship April 1 in front of a hometown crowd at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes secured their 13th Big Ten title overall and first since 2007 with a team score of 434.450, beating Illinois by nearly five points.

• Melton was spectacular for the Buckeyes at the conference championships. He won the B1G all-around title with a score of 89.750 and added gold medals on parallel bars and floor exercise, along with a silver medal on rings. He set an NCAA record dating back to the 2012 season on parallel bars — a near-flawless score of 16.175 — and tied a personal-best score of 15.450 to secure the title on floor. He was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year at the conclusion of the championships.

• Yoder was outstanding in his conference championship debut, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, the second Buckeye in the last three years to do so after Melton collected the award in 2014. Yoder was victorious on pommel horse with a score of 15.225 and was runner-up in the all-around with a score of 87.550.

• Delbridge (vault) and Johnson (high bar) added a pair of silver medals to the Buckeyes’ haul and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors.

Big Ten Champions
Sean Melton (all-around, floor exercise, parallel bars)
Alec Yoder (pommel horse)

Big Ten Gymnast of the Year
Sean Melton

Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Alec Yoder

Big Ten Coach of the Year
Rustam Sharipov

First Team All-Big Ten
Sean Melton
Alec Yoder

Second Team All-Big Ten
Seth Delbridge
Alex Johnson

Sportsmanship Award
Alex Johnson


• The Buckeyes made quite a mark in the Ohio State record book in 2016. Over the course of the season, the Scarlet and Gray set new team records in:

– All-Around, 447.700 at the Arnold Challenge
– Rings, 76.050 vs Oklahoma & Air Force
– High Bar, 75.750 vs. Oklahoma & Air Force
– Vault, 75.450 at Michigan
– Parallel Bars, 75.150 at the Arnold Challenge

In addition, Melton set new school records in the all-around (91.600) and on parallel bars (16.175, also an NCAA record).


• Eleven Buckeyes – Melton, Delbridge, Quade, Evan Bluemel, Jake Dastrup, Samuel DeWitt, Evan Eigner, Jake Martin, Andrew Rickly, Cody Teaney and Meyer Williams – earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

• Nineteen Buckeyes – the above mentioned, along with Yoder, Joey Bonanno, Tristan Burke, Chris Coombs, Josh Hurwitz, Paris McGee, Ethan Meister and David Szarvas – were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. The team was also recognized for Most Improved GPA at the Scholar-Athlete Dinner.

• Ohio State student-athletes won four CGA Gymnast of the Week awards, six Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors and seven B1G Freshman of the Week accolades.

• 2,293 fans were in attendance at St. John Arena for the Buckeyes’ dual meet with Penn State, a men’s gymnastics attendance record at Ohio State. A crowd of 6,475 watched the Buckeyes set a school record at the Arnold Challenge in March at the Ohio Expo Center.

• Four Buckeyes – Burke, Johnson, Melton and Yoder – competed at the Winter Cup Challenge in February. Melton was named to the U.S. Senior National Team after a third-place finish in the all-around.

• Burke won the all-around title in his college debut at the Windy City Invite, the first Buckeye to win the A-A at Windy City since 2004.