IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team knew it had its work cut out for it in the Big Ten Team Championship on Friday night, and the competition lived up to its billing. The Buckeyes put up solid numbers, but the 402.400 the team scored earned a sixth place finish on Friday night.
Alec Yoder shined bright on the pommel with a 15.050, second on the evening and good enough to secure a spot in the Big Ten event championships tomorrow night. The senior also qualified for the parallel bars and high bar competitions. Fellow senior Alex Wilson qualified for the rings competition, while Sean Neighbarger will compete on the vault and Trevor Cummings will compete on the pommel. Domenic Sciulli is the first alternate on the parallel bars. As a team the Buckeyes won the pommel event tonight.
“I’m proud of how our guys responded tonight,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “We started off real strong and had a couple stumbles that hurt us, but the team never lost that energy and we finished strong by winning the pommel horse in our last rotation. Every event has been a learning experience, especially for our young guys. We have a week to make some adjustments before the NCAA Championships, and we’re going to move forward and build off tonight. Our guys never give up, the energy from the beginning to the end, these guys won’t quit.”
The Big Ten event championships are set for an 8 p.m. ET start on Saturday night, you can catch all the action on the Big Ten Network and follow the Buckeyes on Twitter for updates throughout the meet.