April 11, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team posted a 433.50 total team score to earn a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Team and All-Around Finals Friday night at the Crisler Center. The fifth-place finish marks the best finish for the Buckeyes since the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Michigan won its second-consecutive team championship with a 445.05, followed by Oklahoma who finished second with a score of 441.65 and Stanford who finished third with a score of 436.30. Illinois posted a fourth-place finish after earning a 435.35 and Penn State rounded out the standings in sixth after tallying a 429.80.
Freshman Sean Melton and sophomore Jake Martin also represented the Buckeyes in the all-around, scoring an 88.40 and 86.80 to place third and fifth, respectively. With his third-place finish, Melton became the first Buckeye to earn a Top 3 finish in the all-around since Randy Monahan did so in 2004.
Seven Buckeyes qualified for the individual event finals Saturday night. Redshirt senior co-captain Michael Newburger will look to defend his national title on pommel horse after advancing to finals with a score of 15.25 for a sixth-place overall finish. Junior co-captain Drew Moling advanced to rings finals after scoring a 14.85 to finish 10th overall, while Melton and redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven advanced on vault, each scoring a 15.15 to tie for fifth-place.
Melton will also represent the Buckeyes on parallel bars and high bar after tallying a 15.25 and 14.80 for fifth and six-place finishes, respectively. Sophomore Alex Johnson earned a 14.65 for 10th-place, freshman Andrew Rickly posted a 14.95 for fourth-place and Martin tallied a 15.15 to finish second and all join Melton on high bar in the finals.
Ohio State opened the meet on floor exercise, where Martin scored a 15.25 to lead the team and finish tied for 10th-place overall. Behind Martin, junior Danny Steiner scored a 15.10 for a 16th-place overall finish and Treleaven notched a 15.05 for an 18th-place overall finish.
The Buckeyes moved to pommel horse for the second rotation. Behind Newburger, Melton tallied a 14.75 to finish 18th and Martin scored a 14.20 to finish 30th.
The Scarlet and Gray next traveled to rings. Behind Moling, Melton posted a 14.55 and senior Will Jeffreys tallied a 14.50 to place 17th and 18th overall, respectively.
In the fourth rotation on vault, Martin notched a 14.85 to round out the top three scorers and earn a 17th-place finish.
In the fifth rotation on parallel bars, senior Misha Koudinov earned a 14.95 and Johnson tallied a 14.25 to round out the top three Buckeyes and finish 14th and 34th, respectively.
Ohio State closed the team finals on high bar, where four members of the team will represent the Buckeyes in the individual event finals.
The Buckeyes conclude the 2014 NCAA Championships with the individual event finals Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.