March 9, 2018
Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics is headed west to Palo Alto, Calif., for a showdown with No. 2 Stanford on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Maples Pavilion.
Ohio State enters the meet with the fourth-best three-score team average of 410.000. Stanford’s three-score average calculates to a 411.767. The Buckeyes as a team rank No. 1 on still rings (69.040), third on the pommel horse (67.000) and high bar (66.850), and fourth on the parallel bars (67.880). The trio of Sean Melton, Alec Yoder and Chris Coombs are the main reason Ohio State ranks as the best rings team in the country. All three of their national qualifying averages are in the top five of the country; Melton leads the nation with a 14.867 and Coombs (14.500) and Yoder (14.400) rank fourth and fifth, respectively.
Yoder has been very impressive this season on the pommel horse leading the nation with a 15.350 national qualifying average. His season-best readout of 15.500 is the best in the NCAA. Yoder, a junior from Indianapolis, also owns the third best NQA on the parallel bars with a readout of 14.417 and the fifth-best high bar NQA of 14.167. Freshman Sean Junior Neighbarger’s NQA of 14.683 on the vault has him ranked sixth nationally.
Nissen Emery Award Finalist
Sean Melton has been named as a 2018 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist the College Gymnastics Association announced earlier this week. Melton is a nine-time All-American and is a six-time Big Ten event champion. Melton is a finalist along with Robert Neff (Stanford), Hunter Justus (Oklahoma), Joel Gagnon (Minnesota), Austin Hodgins (Iowa) and Brandon Ngai (Illinois).