Ohio State wins four events

– The No. 7 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team earned a huge Big Ten Conference win Saturday in St. John Arena, defeating No. 5 Penn State, 353.600-347.100, after earning event wins on pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.

On floor, the Buckeyes tallied a 56.85 with Brandon Wynn hitting a team-best 14.4, Philip Onorato a 14.3 and Elliott Hardy a 14.1 but the Nittany Lions won the event with a 57.75.

Sophomore Ty Echard led the charge on pommel horse, notching a career-best 15.55 for the event win. Sophomore Matt Rayl followed in second with a 14.7 while freshman John Laing added a 14.3 as Ohio State won the rotation, 58.50-56.05.

Moving onto rings, the Buckeyes flexed their muscles, earning a 60.05 to beat PSU’s 59.55. Wynn won rings with a 16.0, just .100 off from his career best. Senior Tai Lee came in third with a 15.15 while sophomore Mike Behles tied for fifth with a 14.8.

OSU had a 62.30 on vault, but it was not enough to overcome the Nittany Lions’ 62.50. Senior Justin Myers led the Buckeyes with a second-place 15.8 and Behles tied for fourth with a 15.6.

Myers and Wynn, the team’s co-captains, went 1-2 on parallel bars with scores of 14.9 and 14.7, respectively, as Ohio State won the rotation, 57.20-55.70. Behles added a 13.85 and Lee a 13.75 on the event.

The Buckeyes closed out the meet with a 58.70 on high bar – well above Penn State’s 55.55. Seniors Myers and Lee tied for second with a pair of 14.85s while Sean Regan added a 14.55 and Blaize Monks a 14.45 for fifth and sixth, respectively.

Ohio State remains at home to host California at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena.