April 4, 2019

Buckeyes Primed for B1G Championships


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 9 Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team hits the road this weekend looking to win the 15th Big Ten title in program history as it competes in the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. The team competition is set to get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, April 5, while the individual event finals take place at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 6. Both days of the competition air live on BTN.

Last Time Out

The Buckeyes wrapped up the regular season, and their time in St. John Arena, with a senior day clash against No. 4 Illinois where the Bucks rallied to earn a 406.600-404.00 win.

Alec Yoder took first place on the parallel bars with a 14.400, while Joey Bonanno finished second on the floor with a 13.950, David Szarvas notched runner-up on the pommel with a 14.500 and Max Andryushchenko came in at second on the rings with 14.100. Dexter Roettker tallied a career-high 14.400 on the vault to take third place. As a team the Buckeyes notched a season-high pommel horse score with 68.550.

Max Andryushchenko Interview

Championship Pedigree

The Bucks are no strangers when it comes to Big Ten Championship glory as the team took back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 where this year’s senior class stepped up to help secure the 13th and 14th Big Ten Championship wins in team history. At last year’s Big Ten Championships the Buckeyes took fourth, while Sean Melton won the all-around title and the Gymnast of the Championships award, Alec Yoder took second place in both the all-around and the pommel. Yoder won the 2016 Big Ten Championship on the pommel as a freshman.

Bobby Costea Interview

National Scores

Ohio State enters the meet with the ninth-highest four score average in the nation with 402.600. The Buckeyes hold the best pommel score average in the country (68.283), and come in at sixth place on the parallel bars (67.633) and seventh place on both the vault (71.100) and rings (67.250).

Individually the Bucks are led by Alec Yoder and his 14.750 national qualifying average on the pommel, good for third in the nation. Yoder also comes in at seventh on the parallel bars with a NQA of 14.183. Sean Neighbarger is no slouch himself as he holds the sixth-highest NQA on the vault with a 14.650.