STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The No. 7 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team fell short of a victory Saturday evening, falling to the defending Big Ten title champions with a close score of 405.900-405.000.
“I’m very proud of the team today coming up with a huge improvement from last weekend, ” said head coach Rustam Sharipov. “I think we’re on the right path. In my heart, the guys improved a lot and it speaks for itself the improvement in the score from last weekend to this weekend. I think we can go back and get better for next weekend against The Team Up North. We look forward to seeing all you Buckeye fans coming to support us, go Bucks!”
A total of 15 Buckeyes competed in the B1G opener, taking first in overall team scores on floor (68.650), vault (70.650), and high bar (67.300). Beginning the night on pommel horse, sophomore Luke Smigliani set a new personal best with a score of 13.750, tying for third. Angel Leon completed a score of 13.650 to earn him the second place title on rings. Sophomores Jesse Tyndall and Angel Leon both earned first-place finishes with Tyndall placing first on floor with a score of 14.450 and Leon finishing atop the podium on high bar with a score of 14.250.
Ohio State freshman Justin Ah Chow showed an impressive outing, taking second place on parallel bars with a score of 14.300. The Buckeyes improved by 7.5 points from last week’s event and won three individual events along with three team events.
The Buckeyes look ahead to host their second home meet of the season against Michigan at the Covelli Center. The action is set to get underway at noon next Saturday, Feb. 1.