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Feb. 12, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 4 Ohio State (6-2, 4-1 B1G) hosts ninth-ranked Penn State in its home opener Saturday, Feb. 13 at St. John Arena.

The meet, held in conjunction with the women’s matchup with Penn State, begins at 4 p.m. ET. Tickets are $8 adult, $5 youth/senior and free for Ohio State students with a BuckID.

SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State (7-1, 1-1 B1G) is ranked ninth nationally in national scoring average with an average team score of 424.138. The Nittany Lions rank in the Top 10 as a team in five of six events, including a sixth-place team standing on rings (71.825).

Penn State’s top gymnast, Columbus native Trevor Howard, has been saddled with injuries this season but ranks second nationally on rings (15.250) and eighth nationally on vault (15.000). Two Nittany Lions rank in the Top 10 on parallel bars: Alexis Torres (sixth, 14.950) and Leroy Clarke Jr. (eighth, 14.910).

SERIES HISTORY VS. PENN STATE
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State 70-53. The Buckeyes were 0-2 against PSU in 2015, dropping a dual meet in University Park, Pa., and finishing behind the conference champion Nittany Lions at the Big Ten championships.

The Buckeyes last defeated Penn State in a dual meet in 2010, a 353.600-347.100 win at St. John Arena.

BUCKS COLLECT WEEKLY AWARDS
Ohio State swept the gymnastics awards circuit following its win over Michigan Jan. 30.

Redshirt sophomore Sean Melton was named both CGA and Big Ten Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around competition against the Wolverines with a score of 87.650, the sixth-best score in the nation this season. He finished first on rings (15.000) and equaled his season-best score of 15.350 on vault, finishing second overall. The score of 15.350 on vault ranks fourth in the NCAA in 2016.

Alec Yoder, a native of Indianapolis, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after finishing runner-up to Melton in the all-around with a score of 87.450, which ranks eighth nationally this year. He won two events, scoring season bests on pommel horse (15.350) and parallel bars (15.050). The 15.350 score on pommel ranks fifth in the NCAA this season, while the 15.050 on parallel bars is a Top-10 score as well.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State defeated rival Michigan 434.900-424.100 in a dual meet at Cliff Keen Arena Jan. 30, the first head-to-head win for the Buckeyes over the Wolverines since 2007.

The Buckeyes won five of six events against the Maize and Blue. The Scarlet and Gray set a school record on vault with a 75.450 team total – the No. 2 team score in the nation this season – and a season high of 73.450 on parallel bars, the No. 3 score in the NCAA and fifth-best team score in school history.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
TEAM
Ohio State enters the week ranked No. 4 in the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) National Rankings.

The Buckeyes are one of seven Big Ten schools ranked within the Top 10 as Minnesota (No. 3), Illinois (No. 5) Iowa (No. 6), Nebraska (No. 8), Penn State (No. 9) and Michigan (No. 10) also received votes.

OSU owns the No. 4 average all-around score in the nation so far this season. The Buckeyes own the No. 3 national average on rings and parallel bars, along with a fourth-place standing on vault and high bar. The Buckeyes also rank in the Top 10 on the remaining two events: pommel horse (No. 7) and floor (No. 9).

INDIVIDUAL (TOP 10 NATIONALLY)
Sean Melton
No. 1, vault; No. 3. rings; No. 4, parallel bars;
No. 6, all-around; No. 7 high bar
Alec Yoder
No. 3, parallel bars; No. 8, all-around;
No. 10, pommel horse
Andrew Rickly
No. 3, high bar
Tristan Burke
No. 8 (tie), vault

HAMM, WILSON AND WYNN SET FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT OSU
Three of the top American gymnasts of all-time – all graduates of The Ohio State University – will be in attendance at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships at St. John Arena this April.

Paul Hamm, 2004 Olympic all-around champion, Blaine Wilson, 2004 Olympic team silver medalist, and Brandon Wynn, 2013 world still rings bronze medalist, will be available for autographs at the national championships, held in conjunction with the Region 5 Men’s Junior Olympic Championships at French Field House. Wilson is scheduled to sign autographs at both qualifying sessions on Friday, April 15, while Wynn and Hamm are set to sign on Saturday, April 16.

NCAA & B1G CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
All-session and single-session tickets for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships and 2016 NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships are now on sale.

The Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts for both events at St. John Arena. The Big Ten championships are scheduled for April 1-2, followed by the NCAA championships April 15-16.

All-session adult tickets for the Big Ten championships are $15, while youth admission in $10. Single-session adult tickets are $10, $7 for youth. All-session adult tickets for the NCAA championships are $20, while youth and student admission is $12. Single-session adult tickets are $12 each, with youth and student prices set at $8.

Tickets for both events are available for purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and by phone at 1-800-GoBucks.  Tickets for the NCAA championships can also be purchased online at NCAA.com/tickets. In-person purchase is available during business hours at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, located at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, and day-of only at St. John Arena.

UP NEXT
Select Buckeyes compete at the Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 18-20 in Las Vegas. The entire team returns to action March 5 at the Arnold Challenge at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.