COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s gymnastics opened official practice on Tuesday as the Buckeyes are looking forward to the beginning of competition in January.
This past spring, the Buckeyes finished with a 4-3 record during the regular season, all in dual meets, and a 3-3 record in Big Ten competition as the program navigated schedule changes and virtual meets in the effort to get back to a full season following the early ending to the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of Ohio State’s four victories were against ranked opponents inside the Covelli Center.
Despite strong numbers during the regular season, the Buckeyes fell short as a team at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Qualifiers. All-Big Ten selection Jesse Tyndall led the Ohio State squad at the Big Ten Championships with a fifth-place finish in the all-around competition, also finishing fourth on floor and fifth on high bar. Trevor Cummings was fourth on pommel horse.
At the NCAA Qualifiers, Tyndall had the highest score in the all-around competition as well as the floor and high bar while Dexter Roettker was second on the vault. Tyndall finished eighth in the all-around at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American recognition.
Rustam Sharipov, the eighth head coach in program history, enters his 11th year at the helm of Ohio State men’s gymnastics. He holds a 124-100-2 record in Columbus and was named CGA’s Central Regional Coach of the Year in 2014. Sharipov has led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Championships (2016, 2017), coached three individual national champions, 18 All-Americans, six individual Big Ten champions and three Big Ten all-around champions.