March 1, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team placed third at the Arnold Challenge Saturday afternoon, posting an overall team score of 429.500 to round out the top three teams at the inaugural invitational held at the Columbus Convention Center.

No. 2 Michigan claimed first place with a team score of 437.500. No. 8 Iowa finished second (431.600), No. 11 Nebraska finished fourth (424.750), the Canadian National Team finished fifth (401.300) and Arizona State finished sixth (401.050).

“The goal for this weekend was to give some of the younger guys on the team experience,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “It was our first meet this year in the five up, five count format. Some of our performances were uncharacteristic, but we’re still moving forward. Now we need to regroup and get ready for next week against Stanford.”

Six different Buckeyes posted Top 5 finishes at the competition. Sophomore Alex Johnson represented Ohio State on floor exercise, finishing third overall after posting a career-high 15.20, while freshman Sean Melton and sophomore Jake Martin finished second and fifth on pommel horse with a career-high score of 15.05 and 14.80, respectively. On vault, junior Larry Mayer posted a 15.00 to finish second, while redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven scored a season-high 14.90 to finish third. Johnson also paced the Buckeyes on high bar, scoring a career-high 15.45 to place second overall while junior Alex Nork finished fourth with a 15.35.

The Scarlet and Gray opened the meet on floor exercise, where posted a 70.15 team score. Behind Johnson, senior Brandän Jones notched a career-high 14.75 while redshirt freshman Emeric Quade tallied a 13.75 to round out the top three scorers.

Ohio State moved to pommel horse for the second rotation, led by Melton and Martin. Freshman Jake Dastrup posted a 14.65 en route to helping the team to a 73.30 score.

The Buckeyes traveled to rings for the third rotation, where junior Drew Moling tallied a 15.00 to lead the team. Behind Moling, Johnson earned a season-high 14.60 and Nork tied a season-high with a 14.30 to round out the top three scorers and earn a 72.05 team score.

In the fourth rotation on vault, Quade scored a 14.20 to finish third on the team behind Mayer and Treleaven. The team posted a 72.00 on the event.

Freshman Andrew Rickly led the Buckeyes on parallel bars in the fifth rotation, scoring a 14.55. Following Rickly, Dastrup notched a 14.35 and senior Misha Koudinov tallied a 14.00 to help lead the Buckeyes to a 69.65 team score.

Ohio State posted a 72.35 on high bar in the sixth and final rotation. Koudinov followed Rickly and Johnson, posting a career-high 15.10 and rounding out the top three Buckeye scorers.

Ohio State returns to action Saturday, March 8 at No. 4 Stanford in its final regular season dual meet. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET.