April 8, 2017

Martin Wins High Bar, Dastrup and Yoder Share Silver on Parallel Bars


April 8, 2017


Champaign, Ill. –
Jake Martin won the second Big Ten title of his career and Sean Melton was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Championships Saturday evening inside StateFarm Center to wrap up the Big Ten Championships.

“Our number one goal coming to Champaign was to win the team title, and we did that,” head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “It was great to see our guys come in as the favorites and live up to that expectation.

“This meet prepared us well for the NCAA Championships in two weeks because a lot of our guys got to compete on back-to-back days {which is the format of NCAA’s}. We have two weeks to get back in the gym and keep training for NCAA’s and I expect our guys to be excited for the opportunity to represent Ohio State at the NCAA Championships.”

Martin, who has excelled on the high bar all season long, registered the best score of 10 gymnasts on the event with a 14.375. In addition to winning the individual title, Martin was named to the First Team All-Big Ten. Martin was also named Ohio State’s recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.

Melton returned to action 24 hours after winning his second-straight all-around title on Friday night. On his first event of the night, the rings, Melton scored a 14.600 to earn silver. On the floor, the Big Ten Gymnast of the Championships placed in a tie for seventh with a 14.025; Melton was also named to the First Team All-Big Ten.

The duo of Alec Yoder and Jake Dastrup both scored readouts of 14.300 on the parallel bars to share silver. The two Buckeyes were in the lead until the last gymnast, Johnny Jacobson of Illinois, scored a 14.550 to thwart Dastrup’s and Yoder’s bid to share the title. Dastrup also used a score of 14.050 to place sixth on the floor.

Seth Delbridge used the best vault of his career, a 14.925, to earn silver on the event. Delbridge was edged out by Nebraska’s Anton Stephenson (14.975). The trio of Delbridge, Yoder and Dastrup were all named to the Second Team All-Big Ten.

The Buckeyes had three gymnasts compete on the pommel horse. Yoder was the highest finisher with a 14.325 to place fourth, Brandon Jacoby (13.950) tied for sixth and Martin placed eighth with a 13.725.

Tristan Burke placed sixth on the rings with a 14.025, and senior Andrew Rickly closed out his Big Ten career with a tie for sixth on the high bar (13.725).

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Ohio State will have a two week break before it heads to the NCAA Championships (April 21-22) in West Point, N.Y.