April 5, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is headed to Champaign, Ill., for the Big Ten Championships this Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes are looking to win back-to-back B1G titles for the first time since they did it a decade ago in 2006 and 2007.
Ohio State has won 13 Big Ten team titles in program history, including six in the 21st century, which is the most by any Big Ten institution in that timeframe.
The Buckeyes have won 78 event titles at the Big Ten Championships, including four last season. Sean Melton was victorious in the all-around, floor and parallel bars, and Alec Yoder captured his first-career B1G title on the pommel horse.
Seven Buckeyes from last year’s championship squad will be donning the Scarlet and Gray this weekend.
Watch Live on the Big Ten Network
The two-day meet will air live on the Big Ten Network starting at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, April 7 (team finals), and at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 8 (individual competition). The championship will also be carried live via BTN Plus on BTN2Go. Complimentary access to BTN2Go is available to viewers connected to the internet network of a Big Ten university.
Scouting the Opposition
Ohio State owns a 7-1 record this year against B1G opponents; in those meets, OSU is averaging 415.380 points per meet against conference opponents this season.
The Buckeyes are the highest ranked squad coming into the Big Ten Championships with a No. 3 national ranking. All six other B1G squads are ranked in the Top 10 nationally: Illinois (No. 4), Minnesota (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 6), Penn State (No. 7), Iowa (No. 8) and Michigan (No. 9) round out the field.
Buckeyes Within the Big Ten
Ohio State owns the best four-score average of the seven B1G schools in the team score (417.867), pommel horse (70.350) and the parallel bars (70.683). Individually, the Buckeyes have three athletes who rank atop the conference: Jake Martin (all-around | 83.017), Alec Yoder (pommel horse | 15.100) and Sean Melton (parallel bars | 14.550). In addition to being conference leaders, Melton and Martin both rank second in the rings and high bar, respectively.
Ohio State will compete as follows:
B1G Weekly Awards
Ohio State earned five Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors in 2017. Out of the 11 weeks the award was presented, Melton and Martin received the honor twice apiece, and Jake Dastrup earned the recognition after his performance against UIC (Jan. 20).
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