March 29, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted an overall team score of 441.050 to secure a second-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships Friday night at the Bob Devaney Center at the University of Nebraska. Michigan won the team title (448.200) while Penn State finished third (438.000) and Illinois finished fourth (435.350). Minnesota (429.150), Nebraska (428.150) and Iowa (425.600) rounded out the team standings.
Freshman Sean Melton and sophomore Jake Martin represented the Buckeyes in all-around competition. Melton scored a career-high 89.75 to claim second place while Martin scored an 88.65 to finish third.
“I’m satisfied with our performance, but I think we can do better,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “I’m happy with our second and third place finishes in the all-around. We have a second day tomorrow and seven guys who made event finals so we have to do our job in order to finish strong on each event.”
Seven Buckeyes qualified to compete in the individual event finals at 5 p.m. ET Saturday. Martin qualified to compete on floor exercise, vault and high bar while Melton advanced to compete on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. In addition, junior Danny Steiner and redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven qualified to compete on floor exercise, redshirt senior Michael Newburger qualified to compete on pommel horse, freshman Jake Dastrup advanced to compete on parallel bars and sophomore Alex Johnson advanced to compete on high bar.
The Buckeyes opened the meet on floor exercise, where Martin led the team with a career-high 15.35 to place third overall. Behind Martin, Treleaven scored a season-high 14.95 to place second on the team and eighth overall while junior Danny Steiner tallied a 14.90 to round out the top three Buckeye scorers with a ninth-place overall finish.
On a bye for the second rotation, the Buckeyes returned to action on pommel horse for the third where Newburger paced the Scarlet and Gray with his 15.15 score and second-place overall finish. Newburger was followed by Melton, who tallied a 14.70 for ninth place overall and Dastrup who earned a 14.30 for a Top 15 finish.
Ohio State moved to rings for the fourth rotation, where Melton tallied a 14.90 to lead the Buckeyes with a Top 15 finish. Junior co-captain Drew Moling scored a 14.85 to place second on the team while junior Alex Nork earned a 14.750 to round out the top three Buckeye competitors.
Martin led the way for Ohio State on vault, scoring a 15.05 for an eighth-place overall finish. Treleaven scored a 14.80 and Melton notched a 14.75 to finish second and third on the team, respectively.
The Buckeyes moved to parallel bars for the fifth rotation, where Melton scored a 15.45 to finish second overall. Dastrup earned a 15.00 to place eighth overall and senior Misha Koudinov earned a 14.65 to place just outside of the Top 15.
Ohio State closed the competition on high bar. Martin earned a 15.45 to place second overall, while Melton scored a career-high 15.10 to place third and Johnson scored a 15.05 to finish fifth overall and round out the top three Buckeye scorers.