COLUMBUS Ohio – Competing in its final home meet of the season, the No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team hit a season-high 354.900 on senior day but fell to No. 2 Oklahoma (359.250) Saturday afternoon in front of 1,009 fans in St. John Arena.
“We did a good job today,” Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach, said. “This was our best competition of the year and when you face the No. 2 team, you want to put up your best numbers.
“We have been making progress each week and this all leads up to hosting the Big Ten championships in St. John Arena this April. We want to improve from today because that is what is needed to win a title.”
In all, the Buckeyes had four individual event winners in Steven Spencer on pommel horse (15.45), Brandon Wynn on rings (16.3) and parallel bars (14.95) and Tai Lee on high bar (14.85).
On floor, senior captain Justin Myers led the team with a 15.150 – the third time this season he has scored a 15.0 or higher on the event. Wynn, a junior captain, added a 14.950, freshman Blaize Monks a 14.2 and sophomore Mike Behles a 14.1 as Ohio State scored a 58.4, just .15 shy of its season best. Winning the event for Oklahoma was freshman Jacob Dalton as the Sooners won the rotation with a 62.55.
Spencer, a redshirt sophomore, took charge on pommel horse, winning the event with a 15.45, a new season best. Close behind was sophomore Ty Echard taking second with a 15.3 as the Buckeyes won the rotation, 58.55-57.8. Rounding out the team’s tally was freshman John Laing who tied for fourth with a 14.6 while Behles had a 13.2.
The Scarlet and Gray took the Top 3 spots on rings. Wynn, the nation’s top gymnast on the event, set a new Ohio State program record with a career-high 16.3. The Voorhees, N.J., native is the only gymnast in the nation to score above a 16.0 on the event for the last two seasons. This is the third time this season he has accomplished this feat. Next was Behles reaching a career high with a 15.35 for second while Lee finished third with a 15.05. The Buckeyes won their second-consecutive rotation with a new team event high of 61.050 while the Sooners scored a 59.2 event total.
In the fourth rotation, Ohio State scored a 62.75 on vault. Freshman Elliott Hardy hit a career-high 15.75 to tie Wynn for the team lead and fifth in the competition. Behles was right behind them with a 15.7 and Myers added a 15.55. Steven Legendre won the event for the Sooners with a 16.05 as Oklahoma won the event with a 63.95.
Moving on to parallel bars, Wynn took first with a 14.95 and classmate Sean Regan placed fifth with a 14.1. The team score of 56.85 was rounded out by Lee (14.0) and Spencer (13.8). Lee placed sixth while Spencer took ninth place. Oklahoma won the event with a 58.20.
Finishing the meet on high bar, Lee won the event with a 14.85 and Wynn placed third with a 14.7 as the Buckeyes recorded a 57.3 event total. Myers ended his senior day meet with a 14.4 for fourth while Echard, in his second meet on the event, posted a 13.35. The Sooners just squeezed above the Buckeyes, 57.55-57.3, for the win.
Up next, Ohio State travels to Michigan for its last meet of the regular season at 8 p.m. EST next Saturday. The meet will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by the Big Ten Network.