January 4, 2022

Buckeyes Selected Fifth in Preseason Poll


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference released its men’s gymnastics preseason poll and Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch on Tuesday, prior to the start of the 2022 season. The Buckeyes were picked to finish fifth in the conference, while senior Jesse Tyndall and junior Justin Ah Chow were named Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch.

Last season, the Buckeyes finished with a 4-3 record, all in dual meets, and a 3-3 record in Big Ten competition as the program navigated schedule changes and virtual amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of Ohio State’s four victories were against ranked opponents inside the Covelli Center.

Despite strong numbers during the regular season, the Buckeyes fell short as a team at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Qualifiers. All-Big Ten selection Tyndall led the Ohio State squad at the Big Ten Championships with a fifth-place finish in the all-around competition, also finishing fourth on floor and fifth on high bar. Trevor Cummings was fourth on pommel horse.

At the NCAA Qualifiers, Tyndall had the highest score in the all-around competition as well as the floor and high bar while Dexter Roettker was second on the vault. Tyndall finished eighth in the all-around at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American recognition.

Ah Chow set personal bests on pommel horse (13.950), vault (14.450) and floor (14.650) last season, with his pommel horse score tying the team’s best. He competed at the Big Ten Championships in floor, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and high bar.

Rustam Sharipov, the eighth head coach in program history, enters his 11th year at the helm of Ohio State men’s gymnastics. He holds a 124-100-2 record in Columbus and was named CGA’s Central Regional Coach of the Year in 2014. Sharipov has led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Championships (2016, 2017), coached three individual national champions, 18 All-Americans, six individual Big Ten champions and three Big Ten all-around champions.