Jan. 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 4 Ohio State travels to Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday for a tri-meet with No. 2 Stanford and host California, the No. 5 team in the country.
Events at Haas Pavillion in Berkeley are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL & GOLDEN BEARS
No. 2 Stanford owns an average team score of 437.350 over its first two meets of the season. As a team, the Cardinal rank in the Top 3 in five of six events.
Stanford is led by the nation’s top all-around gymnast, Akash Modi. Modi currently owns the No. 2 all-around score this season, along with the second-best score in the NCAA on floor. Dennis Zaremski is ranked No. 1 on still rings, just ahead of the Buckeyes’ Sean Melton.
Fifth-ranked Cal has posted an average all-around total of 425.425 through its first two meets of the year. As a team, the Golden Bears are ranked fourth on both floor and vault.
Individually, Kyle Zemeir (sixth) and Kevin Wolting (seventh) both rank in the Top 10 of the all-around. Wolting owns the No. 6 national average on pommel horse.
SERIES HISTORY VS. STANFORD & CAL
Stanford leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 20-13. Ohio State last faced the Cardinal at the 2014 NCAA Championships, finishing fifth behind third-place SU.
Cal owns an 18-14 series lead. The Buckeyes finished second ahead of third-place Cal (and behind first-place Stanford) in the teams’ last meeting at the Stanford Quad in 2014. That same season, Ohio State earned a head-to-head victory against the Golden Bears at St. John Arena.
RECAP: WINDY CITY INVITATIONAL
Led by an all-around title by freshman Tristan Burke and three first-place finishes from redshirt sophomore Sean Melton, the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team finished second at the Windy City Invitational last Sunday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
All six teams showed some rust at the annual competition, with low scores across the board on a number of events. Ohio State dug itself a hole early, falling to fourth place after three rotations after errors on pommel horse and floor. The Buckeyes turned the tide in the fourth rotation, however, posting the top overall team score on rings (72.750) before closing strong on vault (72.950) and parallel bars (top team score of 71.000).
Illinois captured the team title with a score of 425.950, just ahead of the Buckeyes’ total of 425.700. Minnesota led for the majority of the meet, but faltered late on pommel horse, finishing with a score of 424.500.
BUCKEYES SWEEP B1G WEEKLY AWARDS
Melton was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and Burke B1G Freshman of the Week following the Windy City Invitational.
Melton finished first overall on three events: rings (15.450), vault (15.350) and parallel bars (15.100). His scores on rings and vault rank second in the NCAA so far this year, while his parallel bar total is No. 4 nationally.
Burke was the all-around champion in his college debut with a score of 86.000, defeating 2015 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year Bobby Baker. Burke posted the top team score on floor (14.850) and was one of two Buckeyes to post a 15.000 or higher on vault.
Burke became the first Buckeye to win the Windy City all-around title since Randy Monahan in 2004. His all-around score ranks eighth in the nation so far this season.
BUCKS IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week ranked No. 4 in the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) National Rankings.
The Buckeyes represent one of six Big Ten schools ranked within the Top 10 as Illinois (No. 3), Minnesota (No. 6), Penn State (No. 7), Iowa (No. 8) and Michigan (No. 10) also received votes.
INDIVIDUAL (TOP 10 NATIONALLY)
Melton – No. 2, rings/vault; No. 4, parallel bars
Andrew Rickly – No. 3, high bar
Burke – No. 8, all-around/floor
NCAA & B1G CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
All-session and single-session tickets for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships and 2016 NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships are now on sale.
The Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts for both events at St. John Arena. The Big Ten championships are scheduled for April 1-2, followed by the NCAA championships April 15-16.
All-session adult tickets for the Big Ten championships are $15, while youth admission in $10. Single-session adult tickets are $10, $7 for youth. All-session adult tickets for the NCAA championships are $20, while youth and student admission is $12. Single-session adult tickets are $12 each, with youth and student prices set at $8.
Tickets for both events are available for purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and by phone at 1-800-GoBucks. Tickets for the NCAA championships can also be purchased online at NCAA.com/tickets. In-person purchase is available during business hours at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, located at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, and day-of only at St. John Arena.
The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a dual meet against No. 10 Michigan Jan. 30.