Nov. 23, 2016
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is ranked third in the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released Tuesday. For the third-straight year, the Buckeyes will begin the season ranked inside the top three in the nation.
“The expectations for our team this year are very high,” 2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year Rustam Sharipov said. “We have some high quality athletes on our team that will hopefully help us accomplish our goals.”
Two-time defending national champion Oklahoma garnered 17 of the 19 first-place votes as the No. 1 ranked team. Ohio State is the highest ranked Big Ten institution with 338 points. Minnesota (312 points), Illinois (309 points), Penn State (263 points), Iowa (251 points), Nebraska (242 points) and Michigan (238 points) round out the Big Ten schools inside the top 10.
The Buckeyes have four All-Americans returning from last year’s third-place showing at the NCAA Championships. 2016 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and All-American, Sean Melton, will look to lead the Scarlet and Gray back to the NCAA Championships. Other All-Americans returning include Alec Yoder, Seth Delbridge and Alex Wilson.
“We have a pretty tough schedule for this upcoming season including dual meets against Illinois and Oklahoma,” Sharipov mentioned. “Our goals this season are to defend our Big Ten title and be a contender for the NCAA title come April.”
Ohio State will compete at 10 different meets in 2017, including three in Columbus. The Buckeyes will compete in six different states with the Big Ten Championships being hosted in Champaign, Ill., and the NCAA Championships taking place in West Point, N.Y.
The first two exhibitions of the season are slated for Dec. 10 (Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad) and Jan. 7 (Alumni Exhibition). The first meet of the regular season will be on Jan. 14 at the Windy City Invitational.