April 20, 2017

No. 3 Buckeyes Headed to NCAA Championships


April 20, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is headed east for the 2017 NCAA Championships. The event will take place on Friday (qualifying round) and Saturday (finals) in West Point, N.Y., at the Christl Arena. Ohio State will be in the 1 p.m. ET qualifying session on Friday.

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The Rundown
Ohio State enters the NCAA Championships with a 15-2 (13-1 Big Ten) record. The only two losses suffered by the Buckeyes came against No. 1 Oklahoma (March 11) and No. 4 Illinois (January 14). Ohio State is averaging 418.050 points per meet against opponents this season, which ranks No. 3 in the nation.

In Friday’s qualifying session, Ohio State will be lumped in with No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 Michigan, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 6 Penn State and No. 11 Air Force. In order to advance to the team finals, Ohio State will need to register one of the three highest scores of its session.

A live stream of each event will be streamed on NCAA.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

NCAA Championship History

Ohio State has won three NCAA team titles, with the most recent title coming in 2001 at St. John Arena. Three members of the 2001 squad notched individual event championship titles as Jamie Natalie won the all-around, Daren Lynch won on vault and Raj Bhavsar, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, won on parallel bars.

OSU won its second national crown at the 1996 NCAA Championships. Blaine Wilson captured the all-around, rings and parallel bars titles while Drew Durbin earned a national championship on pommel horse.

The Buckeyes won the program’s first national championship in 1985. Twin brothers Noah and Seth Riskin were named co-champions on parallel bars at the event finals. 

Ohio State gymnasts have earned 28 NCAA individual championships. Most recently, Alex Johnson won the 2016 NCAA Championship on the high bar. Wilson leads the Ohio State record books with six national championships, followed by Durbin and Natalie with three each.

The Setup
Ohio State will compete as follows:
Pommel Horse
Parallel Bars
High Bar

Golden Buckeyes at Big Ten’s
Ohio State won its 14th Big Ten title two weeks ago in Champaign, Ill., with a team score of 418.600 to edge Illinois (416.400) and Minnesota (413.300). Team captains Sean Melton (85.050) and Jake Martin (83.300) paced the way for Ohio State, finishing one-two in the all-around. Melton became the third Buckeye in program history to win back-to-back all-around titles at Big Ten’s. Martin returned a day after competing in the all-around and was the only Buckeye to win an individual title. The redshirt senior threw down a 14.375 for the title on the high bar.

Melton was named the inaugural Big Ten Gymnast of the Championships as well as receiving First Team All-Big Ten honors. Martin joined Melton on the First Team, and Alec Yoder, Seth Delbridge and Jake Dastrup were named to the Second Team.

All-American Returnees
The Buckeyes have four All-Americans returning from last year’s third-place showing at the NCAA Championships. 2017 Big Ten Gymnast of the Championships, Sean Melton, will look to lead the Scarlet and Gray at the 2017 edition of the NCAA Championships. Jake Martin, the 2017 Co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, earned All-America honors on the vault and all-around as a sophomore in 2014. Other All-Americans returning include Alec Yoder, Seth Delbridge and Alex Wilson.