February 6, 2021

No. 3 Ohio State Triumphant in Clash with No. 7 Minnesota



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team (2-1, 1-1 Big Ten) handled No. 7 Minnesota (0-2, 0-2 Big Ten) on Saturday night with an impressive 401.050-387.250 win in the Covelli Center.

“I’m very proud of how this team came out and got the job done tonight,” said head coach Rustam Sharipov. “We are steadily getting better every week but we have to be able to finish out meets. We have to take what we’re doing in the gym and translate it to our competitions. This team is on the right path.”

The 401.050 was the highest score by the Buckeyes thus far. The squad also won every team event title for the second straight week and recorded season bests on floor, rings and parallel bars. Angel Leon captured three individual titles, the second Buckeye to do so in as many weeks.

Ohio State started the night on floor, where it scored a season-high 69.000. Jesse Tyndall took home the crown for the second week in a row, this time with a 14.200. Kameron Nelson scored a 13.950 to finish third.

The Buckeyes headed to pommel horse and recorded a 63.250. Justin Ah Chow earned a season-best 13.750 to come in first. Trevor Cummings locked in on third with a 13.200.

The team made its way to rings for the third rotation and posted a season-high 66.950. Ohio State swept the podium, led by Leon’s score of 13.700. Tyndall and Donovan Hewitt tied for second as both had a 13.450. It was a season best for Hewitt and his first medal of the year.

Ohio State tallied a 70.900 for its efforts on vault. Leon tied with Minnesota’s Mike Moran for first place with a pair of 14.500s. It was a career-high for Leon. Dexter Roettker shared third with the Gophers’ Ben Eyles thanks to a score of 14.350.

The Buckeyes moved over to parallel bars for their fifth rotation and notched another season high behind a 68.400. Leon paced OSU yet again, this time scoring a 13.950 to capture first place. Tyndall’s 13.750 nabbed second and Ah Chow’s 13.650 tied for third.

The night ended on high bar, where Kazuki Hayashi and Tyndall shared second place with a pair of 12.850s. Minnesota’s Victor Perez won the event with a score of 13.050.


Ohio State returns to Covelli to face Penn State at 1 p.m. on Feb. 14.