COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven Buckeyes – past, present and future – will represent the Scarlet and Gray at the 2016 Winter Cup Challenge Thursday and Saturday in Las Vegas at the Cashman Convention Center.
Senior Alex Johnson, redshirt sophomore Sean Melton and freshmen Alec Yoder and Tristan Burke will all contend for a spot on the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team alongside former Buckeyes Brandon Wynn and Drew Moling and future Buckeye Andrew Brower.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Prelims – Thursday, Feb. 18
4 p.m. ET (Brower, Moling, Johnson)
9:30 p.m. ET (Burke, Melton, Wynn, Yoder)
Finals – Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10:15 p.m. ET
SELECTION PROCESS & SCORING
Performances at the 2016 Winter Cup Challenge will help determine the 15 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team through the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn. June 3-5. The six members of the 2015 World Championships squad, plus the alternate, retain their spots on the national team. The remaining eight spots will be determined based on the following criteria: the top three ranked all-around athletes who are not already on the senior national team; two based on the National Team Points System; two athletes selected by the Men’s Program Committee; and one selected by the national team coordinator.
The top 42 gymnasts, according to the Men’s Program Committee’s points ranking system, will advance to the final competition, along with the top three gymnasts on each apparatus. The all-around and individual event champions will be determined via a combined two-day score.
LOOKING BACK – WINTER CUP 2015
Yoder finished eighth overall in the all-around at Winter Cup 2015 with a two-day score of 171.250, earning a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team. He placed in the Top 10 in three events, highlighted by a third-place tie on pommel horse with a two-day total of 30.050. Yoder also captured seventh on high bar with a two-day aggregate of 28.700 and finished 10th on still rings (28.300).
Moling placed 14th in Session I of the competition and 32nd overall with an all-around score of 79.450. His top finish came on rings, where he tied for 11th with a 14.250 score.
Johnson was featured in four events – he tied for 11th on high bar with a score of 14.250.
Burke was 17th in Session I and 37th overall in the all-around with a 78.200 total. His top finish came on vault, where he turned in a 10th-place performance and score of 14.950.
Alex Wilson competed in three events, earning a top score of 13.850 and a 21st-place finish on parallel bars.
YODER SWEEPS B1G WEEKLY AWARDS
Yoder was named Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week by the conference office after leading the Buckeyes to a win over defending B1G champion Penn State
Yoder ranks No. 1 in the nation this season and No. 3 all-time at Ohio State on pommel horse after posting a score of 15.750 against the Nittany Lions. He added a runner-up rings score of 15.600 – No. 3 in the NCAA this year and fourth in the OSU record book – as well as a third-place finish on parallel bars and fifth-place performance on high bar.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State joined the prestigious 440 club with a 444.500-433.250 victory over No. 9 Penn State Feb. 13 in front of a record crowd of 2,293 at St. John Arena.
Ohio State won four of six events to earn its first dual-meet victory against the Nittany Lions since 2010. The Buckeyes set a school record on rings with a 75.950 team total and turned in the top team score in the nation this season on pommel horse (75.100). Ohio State also posted season bests on parallel bars (73.950) and floor (73.500) to go along with its season-best team total, the second-best team score in school history and No. 3 all-around score in the NCAA in 2016.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked No. 3 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. 4), Illinois (No. 5) Iowa (No. 6), Nebraska (No. 7), Penn State (No. 8) and Michigan (No. 10) also received votes.
OSU owns the No. 3 average all-around score in the nation so far this season, a three-score average of 438.317. The Buckeyes own the No. 2 national average on rings (74.167) and the No. 3 average on parallel bars (73.250). The Scarlet and Gray also rank in the Top 10 on the remaining four events: vault (No. 4, 74.100), high bar (No. 4, 72.233), pommel horse (No. 4, 71.950) and floor exercise (No. 10, 72.750).
(TOP 10 NATIONALLY/3-SCORE AVERAGE)
No. 2, rings; No. 10, parallel bars
No. 2, pommel horse
No. 3, high bar
No. 8, parallel bars
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.
Ohio State returns to action March 5 at the Arnold Challenge at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.