Dec. 15, 2016
Columbus, Ohio – For the third straight season, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team has been chosen by league coaches to win the Big Ten. The Buckeyes return four All-Americans from last year’s squad that placed third at the NCAA Championships.
2016 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, Sean Melton, and 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Alec Yoder, will lead the charge in 2017 for the Scarlet and Gray. Melton went on to earn All-America honors in the rings and high bar, while Yoder collected All-America accolades in the pommel horse, rings and all-around in 2016.
At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Melton won the all-around title and added gold medals on parallel bars and floor exercise, while taking silver on the rings, and Yoder captured a title on the pommel horse and placed second in the all-around.
Seth Delbridge, a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, and Alex Wilson are the other two 2016 All-Americans returning. Delbridge used a personal-best score of 15.350 on the vault to earn runner-up honors on the vault, and Wilson placed seventh in the same event with a score of 15.100.
Jake Martin and Tristan Burke were hit with the label of Gymnasts to Watch this season. Martin, a redshirt senior, is poised to have a strong comeback year; he only competed in three meets in 2016 before an injury sidelined him for the season. The redshirt senior is a two-time All-American (2014 all-around and vault), and he was named to the 2014 All-Big Ten First Team in the midst of capturing a title on the vault.
Burke represented the Buckeyes on the floor exercise, rings and vault at the 2016 NCAA Championships as a freshman. The Royse City, Texas native was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after winning the all-around competition in his college debut at the Windy City Invitational becoming the first Buckeye to win that event since Randy Monahan (2004).
Ohio State’s first regular season meet will be Jan. 14 at the Windy City Invitational. Before then, the Buckeyes will host the annual Alumni Exhibition Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Steelwood Training Facility.
Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Ohio State
4. Penn State