COLUMBUS, Ohio – The tenth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell to fourth-ranked Penn State with a score of 353.500-342.500 Saturday afternoon despite the Buckeyes posting several team-event season highs and individual career and season highs at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.
The meet vs. the Nittany Lions was televised by the Big Ten Network on tape-delay basis and will be aired at 3 p.m. March 5.
“We had certain guys hit some great routines,” interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said. “As a whole, we have to be more consistent. We are struggling to hit events that we need to hit. We have to go and hit routines and do it all together as a team. We have the talent and the right guys, now we have to show it.”
“The guys showed a lot of heart and fought well today,” interim co-head coach Blaine Wilson. “Even when Wynn suffered an injury, the team pulled together and finished well on parallel bars. We just need consistency and it will come. The thing I like the most is the fight and desire to be champions.”
The Buckeyes started on pommel horse posting a season high score of 57.700, while Penn State scored a 58.300. Junior Ty Echard set the bar for the team, winning the event with a score of 15.400. Freshman Misha Koudinov and sophomore John Laing followed with the score of 14.400. Both were season high s for Koudinov and Laing. Redshirt freshman Michael Newburger tied his career-high with a score of 13.500.
Moving onto floor, freshman Jeff Treleaven posted a 14.500, tying for third overall. Right behind him was sophomore Blaize Monks, who scored a 14.400. Ohio State finished the event with a score of 55.900, while the Nittany Lions claimed a 59.000.
Next on vault Treleaven again notched the top score for the Buckeyes with a 15.800, tying for first overall. Juniors Philip Onorato and Joel Uptmor both set a season highs, tying for third with both scoring 15.500. Penn State just nudged out Ohio State on the event 62.000-61.900.
In the fourth rotation Ohio State totaled a 57.000 on rings, while Penn State held strong with a 60.700. Onorato held the Buckeyes’ best score with a season-high 15.200, placing for third overall. Senior Sean Regan tied his season high with a 14.500, while junior Mike Behles set a season high as well with a 13.800. Freshman Kris Done had a season high of 13.500 on the event.
On high bar, the Buckeyes were guided by Done, who tied for first overall on the event with a 14.400. Uptmor set a season-high 13.200 to tie for fifth overall. The Scarlet and Gray were edged by the Nittany Lions on the event, 55.100-53.200.
Finishing the meet on parallel bars Ohio State set a team-event season high of 56.800, but was still not high enough to beat Penn State’s 58.400. Koudinov set a season high of 14.500 for third place, while Done performed as season-high 14.300. Regan was not far behind with season high of 14.000.
Up next for the Buckeyes is a trip to Chicago Ill. to face UIC, Air Force and Temple in a quad-meet at 2 p.m. Sunday March 6.