COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 8 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team looks to wrap its season up with an NCAA title as the Buckeyes head to the NCAA Championships in Champaign, Illinois this weekend. Ohio State is in the second NCAA Qualifier session at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, with the NCAA team and individual event championships set for an 8 p.m. ET start on Saturday. Friday’s qualifiers will stream on NCAA.com and BTN2GO, while Saturday’s championship session airs live on BTN.
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Last Time Out
The Buckeyes traveled to Iowa City to compete in the Big Ten Championships. While the team fell short in the team competition, Alec Yoder claimed his second Big Ten pommel horse title. Sean Neighbarger, Alex Wilson and Trevor Cummings also competed for individual Big Ten championships.
Alex Wilson Interview
Yoder scored a 14.875 to emerge with the Big Ten pommel championship, fighting off stiff competition from Penn State’s Stephen Nedoroscik and Michael Paradise from Illinois. With the win Yoder bookended his Big Ten competition career with pommel horse titles after winning the same competition as a freshman. Yoder nearly took home two gold medals after his 14.300 on the parallel bars, but the senior would have to settle for silver and First Team All-Big Ten honors.
Neighbarger just missed out on a podium finish as he took fourth place with a 14.600 on the vault. Wilson tallied a 13.700 on the rings, and Cummings notched a 13.625 on the pommel.
Alec Yoder: 2-time Big Ten Champion
As a freshman Alec Yoder stepped up to the pommel in the Big Ten event championships and crushed his routine, securing a Big Ten title and cementing his claim to the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. Over the next two years Alec competed against the best in the country, getting sharper as he worked to make his team better, and hopefully claim another Big Ten title. Jump to April 6 in Iowa City, facing the only two gymnasts with higher averages then him, Alec once again stepped up to the pommel and executed a masterful routine to edge the competition and become a two-time Big Ten champion.
Jesse Tyndall Interview
Ohio State enters the meet with the ninth-highest four score average in the nation with 402.550. The Buckeyes hold the best pommel score average in the country (68.475), and rank seventh on both the vault (71.100) and rings (67.250), and hold the eight-best average on the parallel bars (67.288).
Individually the Bucks are led by Alec Yoder and his 14.869 national qualifying average on the pommel, good for third in the nation. Yoder also comes in at fifth on the parallel bars with a NQA of 14.413. Sean Neighbarger is no slouch himself as he holds the sixth-highest NQA on the vault with a 14.625.
Buckeyes Rack Up Academic Honors
The Buckeyes continue to excel in both the gym and the classroom as a slew of Bucks have earned Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar Athlete status this year.
10 Buckeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, meaning each gymnast has been at OSU for over a year and maintains a 3.0 GPA. This year’s honorees are Joey Bonanno, Andrew Brower, Michael Chan, Robert Costea, Jacob Gricar, Sean Neighbarger, Josh Seltzer, David Szarvas, Joey Wilmot and Alex Wilson.
13 Bucks earned OSU Scholar Athlete honors, signifying a 3.0 or higher GPA. This year’s honorees are Joey Bonanno, Andrew Brower, Michael Chan, Curtis Chang, Robert Costea, Jacob Gricar, Sean Neighbarger, Dexter Roettker, Josh Seltzer, David Szarvas, Jesse Tyndall, Joey Wilmot and Alex Wilson.
Additionally, David Szarvas earned three post-graduate scholarships that he can use to pursue his graduate degree after his collegiate gymnastics career wraps up. Szarvas earned one of the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial awards, the Peirce Phoenix award, and he is the male recipient of the Varsity “O” Scholarship award.
Joey Bonanno Interview