Feb. 13, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team joined the prestigious 440 club with a 444.500-433.250 victory over No. 9 Penn State Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 2,293 at St. John Arena.
THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 B1G) won four of six events to earn its first dual-meet victory against the Nittany Lions (7-2, 1-2 B1G) since 2010. The Buckeyes set a school record on rings with a 75.950 team total and turned in the top team score in the nation this season on pommel horse (75.100). Ohio State also posted season bests on parallel bars (73.950) and floor (73.500) to go along with its season-best team total, the second-best team score in school history and No. 3 all-around score in the NCAA in 2016.
Individually, the Buckeyes were led by freshman Alec Yoder, who won pommel horse with a massive score of 15.750 while finishing second on rings (season-best 15.600), third on parallel bars (14.950) and fifth on high bar. Redshirt sophomore Sean Melton was outstanding as well, winning rings with a personal-best 15.750 and finishing second on pommel horse (personal-best 15.100), second on high bar (season-best 14.850) and fourth on parallel bars.
“We had a great meet today and a number of outstanding performances,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said after the win. “I’m very proud of the team and want to thank the great crowd we had for the support.
“This was a good score for the mid-point of the season, but we still have a lot of work to do. We look forward to Winter Cup next week and returning to team competition at the Arnold Classic at the beginning of March.”
Yoder — A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Yoder’s winning pommel horse score of 15.750 is tops in the nation this season and No. 2 all-time at Ohio State, while his rings total of 15.600 is third nationally this year and fourth in the OSU record book.
Melton — A native of Orlando, Fla., Melton’s winning ring score of 15.750 ranks No. 2 nationally this season and No. 3 all-time at Ohio State. His personal-best pommel routine is a Top-10 performance in the NCAA in 2016.
Alex Wilson — A sophomore from Sugar Land, Texas, Wilson captured first place on parallel bars with a personal-best and team-leading score of 15.200, a Top-10 performance this season nationwide. He was also fourth on vault (14.900) and seventh on floor (personal-best 14.600).
Andrew Rickly — The junior from Lewis Center, Ohio, won high bar with a personal-best score of 15.200, the top high bar score for a Buckeye this season and the fourth-best score in the nation.
1) No. 4 Ohio State — 444.500
2) No. 9 Penn State — 433.250
Select Buckeyes compete at the Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 18-20 in Las Vegas. The entire team returns to action March 5 at the Arnold Challenge at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.