Dec. 10, 2016
Columbus, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State held its annual Scarlet & Gray Intrasquad Saturday afternoon at the Steelwood Training Facility. The Scarlet team prevailed by 1.800 points over the Gray team.
Each team’s top-two scores from each of the six events was counted towards the team tallies. The Scarlet squad scored more points in the vault, high bar, parallel bars and floor while the Gray team’s best events were the rings and pommel horse.
“It was great to see our guys get out and compete in a competitive fashion this afternoon,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “Today was a good opportunity to assess where we are at as a team. We know what we must improve upon over the next couple of weeks before we open our season at the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 14).”
Chris Coombs (floor), Jake Dastrup (parallel bars), Alec Yoder (pommel horse), Seth Delbridge (vault) and Ryan Lemezis (rings) all captured titles for the Scarlet team. Jake Martin did his best to carry the Gray team with an event title.
Coombs used a brilliant flour routine to register a score of 14.400 to edge the next closest competitor by .200 points. Dastrup was the only Buckeye to enter the 14-point club in the pommel horse and ran away with event with a final score of 14.700. Delbridge, the 2016 NCAA runner-up in the vault, took the vault title with a score of 15.000. Lemezis (13.900) narrowly eclipsed Martin (13.800) in the rings to win that discipline. Yoder ran away with the pommel horse title with a score of 15.200.
In addition to taking second place in the rings and pommel horse, Martin captured an event title in the high bar (14.900).
“I’m really, really impressed with the work ethic our guys have shown this fall,” Sharipov noted. “We have some lofty goals, and we all know what it’s going to take to achieve those things. Hard work and persistence.
“I would also like to thank our wonderful family members, friends and supporters who came out to Steelwood today. The atmosphere they created helped our men feel as if they were at an in-season competition.”
Next up for the Buckeyes will be another exhibition meet when they host the Alumni Exhibition on Jan. 7 (2 p.m.) at Steelwood.