Feb. 21, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State redshirt sophomore Sean Melton was named to the U.S. Senior National Team following a third-place performance in the all-around at the 2016 Winter Cup Challenge Thursday and Saturday in Las Vegas.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Melton posted a two-day score of 174.500, finishing behind three-time U.S. all-around champion Sam Mikulak (177.450) and 2015 NCAA all-around champion Akash Modi of Stanford (175.300).
Melton, who led the competition after day one, finished first overall on parallel bars with a two-day score of 30.150. He also earned a runner-up finish on rings (30.750) and placed eighth overall on floor (29.100). He posted scores of 15 or better five times throughout the competition, highlighted by a 15.400 on rings Thursday evening in the second preliminary session.
Performances at Winter Cup helped determine the 15 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team through the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn., June 3-5. Melton, Mikulak, C.J. Maestas and Yul Moldauer of Oklahoma were added to the team based on their all-around performances. The seven members of the 2015 World Championships team – including former Buckeye All-American Brandon Wynn – retained their spots on the national team. Four athletes were selected by the Men’s Program Committee: Jake Dalton, Steven Legendre, John Orozco and Eddie Penev.
Freshman Alec Yoder finished ninth overall with a two-day score of 170.700. He tied for sixth on rings with a combined total of 29.450 and was 14th on high bar with a 28.150 cumulative. Yoder has placed in the all-around Top 10 at Winter Cup in each of the past two seasons – an eighth-place performance in 2015 earned him a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team.
Former Buckeye All-American and current student assistant coach Drew Moling was 23rd overall with a combined all-around total of 162.750. Moling finished 16th on both rings (28.550) and high bar (27.850).
Freshman Tristan Burke competed in five of six events for the Buckeyes, sitting out on floor. Burke’s trip to Vegas was highlighted by a 12th-place effort on vault (29.800) and a 14th-place finish on rings (28.900).
Senior Alex Johnson and future Buckeye Andrew Brower also represented the Scarlet and Gray at Winter Cup. Johnson performed on three events for the Scarlet and Gray on Thursday, while Brower just missed qualifying for finals after a 34th-place finish in the all-around (80.200) in preliminary competition.