March 3, 2018
Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team scored a 401.600 in its first five up, five count meet of the season on Saturday at the Arnold Challenge to take second place. No. 5 Nebraska took the team title with 404.000 points and No. 11 Air Force placed third with 390.250.
“We have to find a way to start quicker at our meets,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “The way we are finishing meets is exceptional, but we have to find a way to get things going earlier.
“This was our first five up, five count meet of the year, but that’s not an excuse. This time of the season it is important for all of our guys to contribute. We will learn from this.”
Sean Melton closed out the meet with titles on the high bar and parallel bars with readouts of 14.400 and 14.300, respectively. Alec Yoder used his second-best readout of the year on the pommel horse (15.450) to claim gold in his strongest event. The Buckeyes had team highs at the meet on pommel horse (68.150), parallel bars (68.450) and high bar (67.300). The Buckeye trio of Melton, Yoder and Max Andryushchenko claimed the top three spots on the parallel bars with scores of 14.300, 13.850 and 13.600.
On the high bar, Melton and Yoder paced the Buckeyes with the top two scores of the meet. Melton scored a 14.400 and Yoder came in second on the event with a 13.900. Yoder teamed up with junior David Szarvas on the pommel horse to earn two of the top three spots. Yoder scored a 15.450 for gold and Szarvas scored a 14.250 for bronze.
Freshman Sean Junior Neighbarger had a solid day in two of the events he competed in. The Virginia Beach, Va., native tallied a second-place finish on the vault with a score of 14.750 and he garnered a tie for bronze in the opening rotation of the meet on the floor with a 13.500. Joey Bonanno earned the exact same readout of 13.500 on the floor to tie with Neighbarger on the floor in third place. Josh Seltzer earned the highest readout by a Scarlet and Gray performer on the rings with a score of 13.400.
The Buckeyes will head west to take on No. 2 Stanford next week in Palo Alto, Calif., on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. ET.