March 10, 2018
Palo Alto, Calif. – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team took down No. 2 Stanford on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion by a score of 402.150-400.850. The Buckeyes scooped up individual titles on six of the seven individual events contested.
“It’s good to get a win against a team of this caliber, especially on the road,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “I’m so proud of this team. We’ve started to click a bit, but there are still a couple of things that we can clean up. I’m excited for our guys but this is just the start. We still have more work to put in, but we can definitely reach higher heights.”
Per usual thus far during the 2018 season, Alec Yoder was on point all night. The junior from Indianapolis scored a season-best of 84.100 in the all-around to register the second highest score in the NCAA this year. He used event titles on the parallel bars (14.250) and vault (14.200) to lead the win. Interestingly enough, Yoder shared those event titles on the vault and parallel bars with teammates. Alex Wilson scored the exact same readout on the vault and Sean Melton replicated Yoder’s score on the parallel bars.
The Buckeye trio of Melton, Yoder and Chris Coombs replicated their performance from a week ago and once again took the top three spots on the still rings. Melton took the title with a 14.300, and Yoder (13.900) and Coombs (13.350) followed in second and third. It was the first collegiate all-around performance for Melton this year and he tallied an 81.650 to take second place in the all-around.
The pommel horse duo of David Szarvas and Yoder packed powerful punches on their way to a one-two finish in the event. Szarvas registered a 14.050 and Yoder followed with a 13.900 to take the top two spots. On the floor, the Buckeyes were just as impressive taking the top three spots. Sean Junior Neighbarger (14.150) narrowly edged Joey Bonanno (14.100) for the event title on the floor, and Yoder finished in third with a tally of 14.000.