Feb. 8, 2018
Columbus, Ohio – The 8th-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will duke it out with No. 7 Penn State on Friday evening at St. John Arena. It will be a co-ed meet that is slated to start a t 6 p.m. ET; the women’s team will be taking on Penn State as well.
The Buckeyes hold an advantage in the all-time series with a 75-53 record against the Nittany Lions. Ohio State has won its last two dual meets against Penn State, including a thrilling comeback win over Penn State last year by a score of 419.150-417.750.
Tickets to the meet are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Reserved adult tickets are available for $11. Reserved tickets for students and seniors (62 or older) can be purchased for $8, and general admission tickets for adults are $8. Children in grade school and seniors (62 or older) can buy general admission tickets for $5. All kids six and under will receive free admission. It is also Military Appreciation Night, so veterans that present a valid military ID will receive two free general admission tickets (day of meet only). Fans can also purchase tickets the day of at St. John Arena.
Ohio State enters the meet with the eighth-best scoring average (406.417) in the nation, while Penn State owns the seventh-best average in the NCAA (406.783). Ohio State owns the best still rings score in the nation with a 71.750 that they recorded against Michigan (Feb. 3). On the parallel bars, the Scarlet and Gray’s season best of 70.250 is the second-best score in the nation.
Individually, Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and Sean Melton (still rings) own the highest scores in the country. Yoder’s career best tally of 15.500 at the dual meet against Nebraska (Jan. 20) ranks No. 2 in school history behind Michael Newburger’s 16.250 in 2014. Melton registered his season best on the rings in his 2018 debut against Nebraska with a 15.150. Yoder also owns the No. 2 parallel bar routine in the nation with a 14.650.
After each of Ohio State’s last two meets, the Buckeyes have claimed the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week. Alec Yoder was most recently selected for the award after registering the second-best all-around score in the country. Melton received the award after his 2018 debut against Nebraska. The senior from Orlando, Fla., won titles on the still rings (15.150) and high bar (14.100) that evening.
Fans are encouraged to follow live action of the meet on Twitter @OhioState_MGYM.