Jan. 24, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team used a season-high team score of 435.550 to finish second overall in a tri-meet with No. 2 Stanford and No. 5 California Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.
THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State, competing without reigning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week Sean Melton, nevertheless improved its total team score from last Sunday’s season opener by nearly 10 points. No. 2 Stanford won the meet with a score of 445.550, the second-highest total in the nation this season, followed by the Buckeyes and Golden Bears (425.300).
OSU earned its highest team scores of the season on all six events, clearing the 71-point mark on each apparatus. Ohio State posted the highest team score of the day on rings, a 73.800 score that is fourth-best in the nation so far this season. The Scarlet and Gray placed five athletes in the Top 10 of the event, led by individual champ Alec Yoder.
“I’m really proud of the team,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said after the meet. “We did a great job making adjustments from last weekend and finished with an 86 percent hit percentage. The results speak for themselves.
“We’re certainly not satisfied and have some small things to work on as we head into a short week of practice. We need to continue to improve each day as we look forward to facing our rivals on Saturday.”
Yoder – The freshman from Indianapolis was a winner on rings (15.150) and runner-up on pommel horse (15.250). He also finished in the Top 10 on floor with a seventh-place score of 14.750. His scores on both pommel and rings rank sixth in the nation this season.
Tristan Burke – Burke, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, posted the top score for the Buckeyes on floor, a collegiate-best total of 14.950. He also placed in the Top 10 on vault (sixth, 14.550) and rings (eighth, 14.500).
Alexander Wilson – Wilson, a sophomore from Sugar Land, Texas, was the top performer for Ohio State on vault (third, 15.050) and parallel bars (fifth, 14.600).
Seth Delbridge – The sophomore from Floyds Knobs, Ind., was solid in his season debut, leading the Buckeyes on high bar (fourth, 14.850) and finishing ninth on parallel bars with a score of 14.450.
Cody Teaney – The redshirt sophomore from St. Petersburg, Fla., finished third overall on rings with a personal-best score of 15.050.
1) No. 2 Stanford – 445.550
2) No. 4 Ohio State – 435.550
3) No. 5 California – 425.300
The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for dual meet with 10th-ranked Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 30.