Feb. 9, 2018
Columbus, Ohio – The 8th-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team registered its best score of 2018, a 414.900, and won four of six event titles on Friday night at St. John Arena against No. 7 Penn State. In the team scoring category, Penn State edged the Buckeyes by a tally of 417.400-414.900; the 414.900 scored by the Buckeyes is the third-best score in the nation in 2018.
Junior Alec Yoder continued his stellar 2018 campaign with two more event titles. Yoder claimed his titles on the pommel horse (14.850) and high bar (14.500). He added an additional two more podium finishes on the parallel bars (14.450/second place) and vault (14.050/third place) to cap off his spectacular evening.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We have a couple of weekends off as a team before we host Nebraska and Air Force for the Arnold Challenge (March 3rd). I’m happy with the effort and passion we competed with tonight, if we keep that up, good things will come.”
In addition to Yoder’s titles, Ohio State had victories on the rings and vault. Chris Coombs registered the third-best readout in the nation with a career-best score of 14.800 to claim his gold. Freshman Sean Neighbarger earned his title on the vault with a career-best of 14.750.
Ohio State scored a 69.250 on the pommel horse using scores from Yoder (14.850), David Szarvas (14.200), Andrew Brower (13.600), Robert Costea (13.400) and Sam DeWitt (13.200). The tally of 69.250 is the second-highest team score in 2018. The Buckeyes also registered season bests as a team on the floor with a 68.750 and on the high bar with a team tally of 69.100.
Ohio State will have several athletes attend the Winter Cup in Las Vegas next Thursday and Saturday (Feb. 15 & 17).