Jan. 20, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team ran away with a 412.150-381.500 dual meet victory over No. 17 UIC on Friday evening at St. John Arena.
“We started the meet a little bit rough, but as the meet progressed we settled in very nicely,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “I’m very happy with how we performed on the parallel bars and high bars. Our hit percentage went up from our first meet, but we still have room for improvement.”
The Buckeyes, who barely cracked the 400 points in the season opener, came out and demolished their previous season high. The Buckeyes started out with a score of 66.400 on the floor, and Jake Dastrup paced the way with a readout of 14.000.
The Scarlet and Gray then progressed to the pommel horse where they threw down the third-best score in the nation with a 68.900. Brandon Jacoby was the high Buckeye with a career-high tally of 14.500, and David Szarvas set a career high as well with a solid routine of 13.600.
The Buckeyes closed out the meet with the second-best parallel bar team score (71.000) and the fourth-best high bar total (68.950) in the nation.
The trio of Dastrup (14.750 – sixth best), Sean Melton (14.400 – eighth best) and Andrew Rickly (14.350 – tied ninth) all registered top-10 marks in the NCAA on the parallel bar. Rickly also notched the third-highest routine in the high bar with a score of 14.400.
The unsung hero of the night may have been Seth Delbridge. Although Delbridge did not win any event titles, his head coach was impressed with his work.
“Seth was four of four on his routines tonight and he executed them at a very high level,” Sharipov said.
The junior registered a career high on the rings with a 13.700; he finished with scores of 14.250 (high bar – No. 8 in nation), 13.600 (parallel bars) and 13.750 (vault).
“I was also impressed with what Michael Chan showed at this meet,” Sharipov noted. “He’s a freshman and he showed an improvement from his performance last weekend at the Windy City Invitational.”
The Buckeyes will take a weekend off before they host TTUN in a co-ed dual meet of Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. The women’s gymnastics team will be facing Rutgers that afternoon.