Jan. 15, 2017
CHICAGO – Jake Martin won the all-around title with a score of 83.400, and Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and Tristan Burke (rings) won their respective event titles at the 47th annual Windy City Invitational Saturday evening.
“I was very proud of Jake (Martin) tonight, and how he competed,” Rustam Sharipov, Ohio State men’s gymnastics head coach, said. “As he progresses through the season, his confidence is going to keep growing and growing.”
Martin was the highest Buckeye scorer in the high bar (14.250) and floor (14.300). The redshirt senior also excelled in the pommel horse scoring the third-highest total in the meet with a tally of 13.800. He used scores of 13.450, 14.150, and 13.450 in the rings, vault, and parallel bars to round out his score.
The No. 3 Buckeyes (403.450 points) finished second as a team behind No. 5 Illinios who scored 412.150 points. No. 10 Michigan (397.100) finished third, No. 4 Minnesota (397.000) placed fourth, No. 7 Iowa (387.550) ended up in fifth and the host, No. 17 UIC took sixth with 360.250 points
“We did not achieve some of the goals we set for this meet, but all we can do now is learn from our mistakes and get better from them,” Sharipov mentioned. “It was the first meet for a couple of our guys, so it was great to see them get out and wear that Scarlet and Gray in a meet that actually counted.”
Yoder, the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, aced his only routine of the night with a 14.300 on the pommel horse. Burke had a very composed rings routine that led to him scoring a readout of 14.250 to win the event.
Jake Dastrup paced the Buckeyes in the parallel bars with a crisp routine that led to him receiving a score of 14.200 from the judges.
Illinois – 412.150
Ohio State – 403.450
Michigan – 397.100
Minnesota – 397.000
Iowa – 387.550
UIC – 360.250